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    La Habra Corn Festival, Placentia Heritage Festival make for lively weekend
    • October 10, 2023

    Two north Orange County traditions continue this weekend, a double dose of down-home community charm and fun.

    The La Habra Host Lions Club’s Corn Festival returns Friday, Oct. 13, now in its 73rd year. The three-day festival at El Centro Lions Park will include its hallmark parade on Saturday, one of the oldest in Southern California.

    Another longtime fixture is Placentia’s Heritage Festival, now in its 58th year, which also features a beloved parade on Saturday.

    The parade launches Saturday at 9:30 a.m., with marching bands, floats and community groups participating. It will also include an honor convoy marking the 50th anniversary of American soldiers returning from Vietnam, as well as paying tribute to all active-duty military service members and veterans.

    The parade travels Kraemer Boulevard from Bastanchury Road, ending at Tri-City Park, where the festival will continue into the afternoon. There is a car show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and the park will be filled with activities for kids, a business expo, food booths and a beer and wine garden.

    A pancake breakfast starts the day from 6:30 to 10 a.m. The festival ends at 4 p.m.

    Volunteers will be shucking and cooking ears of corn by the thousands in La Habra over the weekend. The fun starts Friday night at 5 p.m. at El Centro Lions Park. The festival ends at 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 9 p.m. on Sunday.

    Saturday starts with the parade at 9:30 a.m.; it will travel La Habra Boulevard from Our Lady of Guadalupe Church to Cypress Street.

    The festival opens at the park at 10:30 a.m. and will feature activities for families, shopping, carnival rides, corn-eating contests, lots of food and entertainment. The fun gets started Sunday at 11 a.m.

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    ​ Orange County Register