It really doesn’t matter what the calendar indicates, the Shippensburg Corn Festival signifies the end of summer.

The last Saturday in August can be hot as Hades with a fresh load of firewood, humid as Washington, D.C. on the Fourth of July, cold enough for wearing your scarecrow sweater or raining hard enough to frighten Noah Two-by-two. No matter, the Corn Festival is a red … no, make that pumpkin orange …-letter day that means it’s now appropriate to decorate with pumpkins, variations of the aforementioned scarecrow, colored leaves, chrysanthemums and hay bales.

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