The area's first-ever corn festival comes to Sleepy Hollow THIS WEEKEND!

Visitors will walk under the Welcome to CORNucopia banner and will be greeted by a friendly, live scarecrow.
Visitors will walk under the Welcome to CORNucopia banner and will be greeted by a friendly, live scarecrow.
CORNucopia, a brand new festival taking place at Philipsburg Manor in Sleepy Hollow, will feature a bounty of corn-centric delicacies and a bevy of interactive, corn-related activities. The area’s first-ever corn festival, CORNucopia will take place Saturday through Monday, Aug. 31-Sept. 2, from 10-5 each day.

Ideal for all ages, this celebration of all things corn will feature hands-on activities, craft and cooking demonstrations, lots of corny cuisine, bluegrass music, and a friendly scarecrow come to life.
All visitors get a free bag of popcorn as they enter. More maize-inspired food selections available for purchase will include fresh roasted corn, cornbread, corn salad, kettle corn, corn salsa and chips, and corn chili, plus draft beers and draft root beer from Captain Lawrence Brewery. Blue Pig of Croton-on-Hudson will feature sweet corn ice cream.

Visitors can compete in a corn shucking contest, participate in a barn dance, learn how to make a corn-husk doll, and play games like Conk the Crow, Cornhole, and Ring-a-Cob in the CORNival gaming area.

Other activities include scarecrow making and both modern and historic open-hearth cooking demonstrations — using corn as the main ingredient, of course. Kids can traverse a kid-sized “mini maize maze” and all visitors can tour the site’s 18th-century manor house and grist mill.

Live bluegrass and folk music will take place throughout the day courtesy of Tappan Cowboys and The Ebony Hillbillies, who will alternate sets on a centrally-located stage.

Demonstrations of coopering (barrel-making) and milling will also take place all day. Visitors can purchase cornmeal ground on site, which will include recipes for some of the items being prepared at CORNucopia.

Philipsburg Manor is a living history museum owned and operated by the non-profit Historic Hudson Valley. CORNucopia admission is $14 for adults; $12 for seniors; $8 for children 3-17; and free for children under 3 and for Historic Hudson Valley members. Tickets are available online at www.hudsonvalley.org. Philipsburg Manor is at 381 North Broadway (Route 9) in Sleepy Hollow. For information: 914-631-8200, www.hudsonvalley.org.

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Wendy Kelly August 07, 2013 at 01:55 PM
Sounds like a great idea.
Jerry Eimbinder August 09, 2013 at 01:46 AM
I agree completely with Wendy.
Krista Madsen August 31, 2013 at 05:50 PM
Had a great time there today with the kids - learned a lot (how to make corn husk dolls and switch brooms, how to barn dance, and best yet for me, a great cooking demo with a corn salad I'm making now at home.) Music, beer, and sweet corn ice cream from Blue Pig in Croton complete with blueberry sauce. Yum!


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