SCUGOG: Top notch talent and mouth-watering corn will attract hundreds to the 30th Annual Musicians Corn Roast, on August 20th.
The country music jamboree is hosted by the Port Perry and Blackstock Lions Clubs, and is in memory of Larry Dee. Mr. Dee was Canada’s premiere pedal steel guitar player. He suffered a heart attack and passed away in 1987. After Mr. Dee’s passing, his best friend Paul Wasson, created the Annual Musicians Corn Roast in his honour.
“It just kind of started off as a private function and it exploded about [the third year] into it,” Mr. Wasson said.
The money raised at the event will go to a local charity, who will then use the funds to serve people in this area.
The event is completely volunteer run and has gathered support from several musicians.
“Everybody comes from all across the country, and across the United States. We’ve had entertainers that come here free of charge, every year, and support this event, all in memory of Larry,” Mr. Wasson said.
The corn roast will feature some big names in the Canadian country music industry, such as Harold Macintyre, Winston James, Bill Johnson, Dennis Whitty, Darrin Johnson, and many others.
“It’s a whole day of music. It starts at noon and will go until approximately eight o’clock,” Mr. Wasson said. “You get a [great] show for $10.”
He said a lot of musicians have had their careers launched because of the corn roast. Many promoters in the country music industry attend the event, because of all the talent it brings each year.
“A lot of the acts that have been here have gone on to greater things, and it’s because of the promoters that are here. They know our show is just a little bit different from everybody else,” Mr. Wasson said.
The function will also feature raffles, face painting, food tents and food trucks, and a motorcycle show and shine. The motorcycle show-and-shine is in memory of Larry and Liz Johnson, close friends of Mr. Wasson’s who tragically passed away several years ago in a motorcycle accident.
The event is 'B.Y.O.B.' and attendees can bring their own lawn chairs in, for better seating. Hamburgers, hotdogs, peameal on a bun, and corn on the cob, will be available on site.
“It’s very family orientated. We encourage people to bring their children,” Mr. Wasson said. “We don’t have any incidents of any type here.”
The event starts at 12:00 p.m. and goes until 8:00 p.m. Admission is $10 per adult and is free for children 12 and under. All proceeds go to the Port Perry and Blackstock Lions club. The event is rain or shine.
“We would like to set a milestone and try to have a pile of people out here, to celebrate the 30th year,” Mr. Wasson said.
The event is located at 4790 McKee Road Blackstock.