The annual Union Mills Homestead and Corn Roast Festival scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 4, has been canceled due to excessive rain and flooding.
It is the first time in more than 45 years the event will not take place.
In a Thursday morning media release, the Union Mills Homestead Foundation, and the Silver Run-Union Mills Lions Club, which jointly operate the corn roast, announced that flooding the weekend of July 21 and the following week have led to standing water and mud at the grounds of the homestead.
Flooding was bad enough overnight July 21 that many of the Civil War re-enactors at an encampment hosted at the homestead had to be evacuated, homestead Executive Director Jane Swell told the Times.
Without enough respite in the weather to dry out the grounds, and with more rain in the forecast for the weekend, the organizations decided they had no choice but to cancel what would have been the 48th annual corn roast, according to the media release. It will be the first time the event has been canceled.
Over the past 48 years, both the homestead and Lions club have come to depend on the corn roast as a major fundraiser, and both organizations are accepting donations to offset the loss of the corn roast income, according to the media release. Donations to the “Corn Roast Flood Fund” can be made online at www.unionmills.org.
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