Tecumseh, Ontario, gives warm welcome to visiting representatives during 37th Annual Corn Festival

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Tecumseh Mayor Richard Johnson and Tecumseh, Ontario, Mayor Gary McNamara. Photo courtesy of Jim VanDoren.

A “warm and welcoming” reception was received by a group of Tecumseh representatives who attended the 37th Annual Corn Festival in Tecumseh, Ontario, on Thursday, Aug. 23.

“You wouldn’t have known you were in another country,” said Tecumseh City Manager Kevin Welch, who added the Canadian hosts “really made us feel at home.”
Tecumseh, Ontario, is located on the shores of Lake St. Clair, across the water from Grosse Pointe, and has a population of approximately 24,000.

The annual four-day festival is a celebration that is a harbinger of summer’s end, and where the community pays homage to its historical roots. The festival might be considered a mix of activities and events that people in Lenawee County might find at the county fair and fall festivals in Clinton and Tecumseh.

The Corn Festival featured entertainment, including some popular acts such as April Wine, arts, crafts and food booths, a beer tent so large it could accommodate 2,500 people, beauty pageant, a parade and more to make for a bustling four days, Aug. 23-26.

“It was a full day for us,” said Welch. A large group left locally at 9 a.m. and returned at 9 p.m. and included Mayor Richard Johnson, Tecumseh Public Schools’ Supt. Mike McAran and his wife Judy, city council members Gary Naugle and Ron Wimple, Economic Development Director Paula Holtz and her daughter Piper, Lenawee Economic Development Director Jim VanDoren and his wife Pam, and owner of Grey Fox Floral and chamber board member Jan Fox. Transportation to Canada and during the visit was provided by Steve Pixley, owner of Tecumseh Trolley and Limousine Service.

It was a learning experience for the group, which toured much of the town of Tecumseh, meeting with their counterparts in government and visiting historical sites, business district, and schools.

Welch said he hopes the city may have the opportunity to welcome the Canadian hosts on a possible visit during Appleumpkin weekend scheduled on Oct. 13-14.

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