Corn Festival 2023


Celebrate Corn Festival!

Join us for the 46th annual South Shore YMCA Corn Festival on Sunday, September 17, 2023, located this year at the South Shore YMCA Emilson Branch in Hanover.

Popular with families and neighbors across the region, our annual Corn Festival is a family-friendly event that celebrates the natural and cultural traditions surrounding the fall harvest in New England. Enjoy historical interpreters and storytellers, 4H farm animals, traditional crafts, live music (oldies, bluegrass, folk, country, and more), hay rides, corn maze, pony rides, games, and so much more.

Due to potentially powerful weather this Saturday, we are consolidating our annual Corn Festival into a one-day event on Sunday, September 17.

Events, Entertainment, Food & Beverage

  • Free Activities & Entertainment
    • Big Ryan’s Tall Tales (Sat & Sun)Chainsaw Artist Performances (Sat & Sun)
    • South Shore Wood Turners demonstration (Sat & Sun)
    • Arts and Crafts (Sat & Sun)
    • Corn Pits (Sat & Sun)
    • Live music (Sat & Sun)
    • Professor Jim’s Corn Lab (Sat & Sun)
    • Plimouth Plantation (Sat & Sun)
    • Passport Scavenger Hunt (Sat & Sun)
    • Cooking Demo at the SSYMCA Family Farm (Sat & Sun)
    • Trail walks to the SSYMCA Family Farm (Sat & Sun)
    • Hanover Historical Society Exhibit (Sat & Sun)
  • Paid Events & Entertainment
    • Pony Rides (Sat Only): Two tickets per ride
    • Petting Zoo (Sun. Only): Two tickets
    • Face Painting (Sat & Sun): Two tickets per person
    • Pumpkin Decorating (Sat & Sun): One ticket per person
    • HAY! Hayride: (Sat & Sun) One ticket per rider, infant in lap rides for free
    • Bee Keepers Association: Honey for Purchase (cash/card)
    • Chainsaw Artist creations (cash/card)
  • Food & Beverage
    • Concessions: Includes “World Famous” South Shore Y Natural Science Center Corn Chowder, corn muffins, cornbread, popcorn, corn on the cob, and more. 1 ticket for food item and drink, 1/2 ticket for corn on the cob, water, and corn bread.
    • Food Trucks: Food for purchase from individual vendors (cash & card)



  • Family (Includes 5 food/activity tickets) : SSYMCA Members $30 | Non-members $40
  • Adult: SSYMCA Members $10 | Non-members $15
  • Children: SSYMCA Members: $5 | Non-members $7
  • Children under the age of 2 enter for FREE


Food and Activity Tickets

  • 1 ticket: $5
  • 15 tickets: $50


Community Scarecrow Contest

Put your creativity to the test during our first Community Scarecrow Contest. Open to families, organizations, municipalities, and businesses who would like to build and enter their very own scarecrow display. Be wacky, be creative, be fun! Scarecrows will be displayed at our annual South Shore YMCA Corn Festival, September 16-17 at the Emilson Y. Contact Mary Orne at for questions & details. REGISTER


For additional information about the South Shore YMCA 2023 Corn Festival and sponsorship opportunities, contact John Galluzzo at





Join the Corn Festival Fun!

Want to get involved with the 46th Annual Corn Festival? Contact us!

  • For sponsorship opportunities, contact John Galluzzo at
  • To participate in Corn Festival as a food or entertainment vendor, or to volunteer, contact Ashley Genrich at