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Union Mills Homestead grounds filled with rainwater after corn roast canceled

Flooding at Union Mills Homestead on the morning of Saturday, Aug. 4.
Flooding at Union Mills Homestead on the morning of Saturday, Aug. 4. (Jane Sewell/Courtesy photo)

After a night of heavy rains, the grounds of Union Mills Homestead were awash in muddy brown water Saturday morning.

In images taken by Union Mills Homestead Foundation Executive Director Jane Sewell, water swirls over the grounds and amidst picnic tables — tables that were scheduled to host the 48th annual Corn Roast Festival that same morning.

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Flooding at Union Mills Homestead Saturday, Aug. 4
Flooding at Union Mills Homestead Saturday, Aug. 4 (Jane Sewell)

The homestead was forced to cancel the festival on Thursday — the first cancellation in more than 45 years — due to the grounds being too muddy after being saturated by heavy rains over the past week and half. Given the degree of the flooding Saturday morning, Sewell said, it was the right decision.

“We are so very sorry that we had to cancel the corn roast, but we followed the weather warnings and alerts, and obviously made the right decision,” she wrote in an email. “We know how disappointed everyone is, and how much this event means to so many, but the severe flooding of the park has made it impossible. We are so grateful for all the support that has been shown by all.”

The corn roast being a major fundraiser for both the homestead and the Silver Run-Union Mills Lions Club, those interested in making donations to help make up for the cancellation may donate to the “Corn Roast Flood Fund” online at www.unionmills.org.

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