A favorite summer event returns to the area as the William Walker Hose Co. hosts its annual Corn & Clam Slam from Wednesday, July 11 through Saturday, July 14. The event unfolds each night at the fire company grounds located at 803 Penn Ave. in Mayfield. Festivities kick off at 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, with a special early start at 3 p.m. on Saturday.

“New this year, we are adding time before the parade on Saturday night. The event is very crowded after the parade. We will open the food and game stands, and the carnival rides will also be operating starting at 3 p.m. on Saturday,” said Karen Bowerman, one of the event organizers.

She added, “We have Dani-elle scheduled to play from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday. We are encouraging families to come early to enjoy the food and fun before the parade.”

This year’s event will feature all new bands, none of which has played at the Corn & Clam Slam before, as entertainment. On Wednesday, Erich & Tyler will perform from 8 to 11 p.m. On Thursday, Better than Bad will provide entertainment from 8 to 11 p.m. Pink Slip will perform from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m. on Friday. On Saturday, local gal Dani-elle will perform from 4 to 7 p.m. and Until Sunrise, one of the most popular bands in Northeast PA, will play from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m.

One of the highly anticipated and family-friendly activities that folks look forward to each year during the Corn & Clam Slam is the fireman’s parade. The parade will begin at 7 p.m. on Saturday night at the T & R Service Station. It will then head north on Main St., turning east onto Poplar St. then left on Lackawanna Ave., left again on Walnut St., left again on Penn Ave., and will end at William Walker Hose Co. on Penn Ave.

Carnival rides and games for the Corn & Clam Slam will be provided by Double M Amusements. Wristbands allowing people to “ride all night” on Wednesday and Thursday nights may be purchased for $12. A beer tent for the over-21 crowd and a wide selection of ethnic foods and other refreshments will be offered each night. As always, there is no cover charge and parking and admission are free.

The Corn and Clam Slam began as a small event, but it has grown quite a bit over the intervening years. Traditionally, the William Walker Hose Co. held an annual chicken BBQ that was a very successful fund raiser for the all-volunteer fire company. The first Corn & Clam Slam was a one-day event held in 1995. It was so successful it grew over the years to become a multi-day event which sees upwards of 10,000 attendees over the course of its four, fun-filled days.

For the latest information on the Corn and Clam Slam, visit www.cornnclamslam.com or find the event on Facebook at WWHC Corn and Clam Slam.