Organizers are gearing up for the Tecumseh Corn Festival with some new additions.

The 44th annual event runs at Lacasse Park Aug. 23 to 25.

Paul Anthony, director of parks and recreation, says some changes include new site layout and new events, including pickleball and disc golf.

The town is also offering free swimming at Tecumseh Leisure Pool.

Another change includes an increase in admission from $3 to $5, to help offset some of the costs due to challenges for sponsorship dollars.

Several entertainers will be taking the stage, including Christie Palace and Jody Raffoul on Friday and Fred Penner on Saturday.

But there will be no beer tent. The Knights of Columbus previously handled alcohol responsibilities but notified council that the group wouldn't take on the job in 2018.

The Miss Tecumseh Pageant is also set for Sunday afternoon.

The Tecumseh Corn Fest, which attracts up to 20,000 people, has been named one of Festival and Events Ontario's 'Top 100 Festivals' for 14 consecutive years.