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Coming Soon: The 43rd Annual Corn Festival!

Posted: Sep. 06, 2019 Learn More!

Popular with families across the region for decades now, The South Shore Natural Science Center will hold its 43rd Annual Corn Festival from Saturday, September 14 – Sunday, September 15.

The festival, which will take place at the SSYMCA’s South Shore Natural Science Center in Norwell, celebrates the fall harvest and natural and cultural heritage of New England. During this year’s event, families will find fun activities for all ages such as face painting, pumpkin picking, craft demonstrations, live animal presentations, and live, ongoing music ranging from the oldies, bluegrass, folk and country. Farm animals from around the region gather for viewing and even riding, and hayrides run throughout the weekend. Historical interpreters in period costume will be on hand to discuss the history of the land, and even provide on-the-spot traditional cooking demonstrations.

Born from tradition and continuing on each year as not only a fun, but educational event for children and families across the South Shore, the Corn Festival intentionally makes the STEM connection for attendees. Underneath all the cotton candy and pony rides, the event is an agrarian STEM education festival with a focus on kids.

In turn, all proceeds generated during the event empower the Science Center’s naturalists to create and deliver even more environmental education programming during the coming year, for schools, scout groups, public events and more. It allows them to meet its mission to educate and invigorate the next generation of environmental stewards. And, in response to the South Shore YMCA’s larger mission, it allows the Science Center’s naturalists the opportunity to bring those programs to underserved audiences, to kids around the region who might not otherwise get the opportunity to participate in cutting edge STEM education opportunities.

Special thanks to event sponsors Webster Bank, The Mass Cultural Council, South Shore Bank, Dave and Catrina Dirubbo and Dick & Barb Johnson for helping to keep the Corn Festival tradition alive.

The 43rd annual Corn Festival will take place at the South Shore Natural Science Center, 48 Jacobs Lane, in Norwell, on September 14 and 15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $7 (members) and $10 (non-members), and ages 2 and under are free. Please visit to learn more about the upcoming Festival, and direct any questions to Chris Jacobs, Executive Director of the South Shore Natural Science Center, at 781-659-2559 or




About the South Shore YMCA

The South Shore YMCA is a not-for-profit association of individuals dedicated to improving the quality of life for all through programs that promote healthy spirit, mind, and body. Serving the communities of Quincy, Randolph, Holbrook, Weymouth, Braintree, Milton, Hingham, Hull, Cohasset, Scituate, Norwell, Hanover and beyond, the South Shore Y provides the opportunity to grow, learn, and thrive through its services and programs. Financial Assistance is a Y community benefit available to all families in need, applicable to all Y programs and services. To learn more about the South Shore YMCA, visit The South Shore YMCA. The Better You Belongs Here.