Many ways to take part in festival


Staff Report



One way to get involved in the Corn Festival is with a float, such as last year’s winning float from First Federal Savings and Loan.


If you are not working at one of the many non-profit community booths – or even if you are – there are numerous ways to participate in a Swanton Corn Festival activity on Aug. 20. The biggest and most obvious is to enter a float or a marching unit into the Corn Festival Parade. This parade is known throughout the county as one of the biggest and best and it is easy to be a part of it.

This year’s theme “Corn Wars: May the Stalks be With You” is an obvious twist on the popular Star Wars movies. A float can be anything that you can imagine that incorporates the Star Wars phenomena.

In addition to the theme, one should remember that this is the Corn Festival. Floats should use or depict corn in some fashion.

In keeping with last year’s theme “Super Ear Rows,” the winning float was entered by the First Federal Savings and Loan and their name was placed on the perpetual trophy located at the Swanton Public Library. Coming in second place was the Genesis Swanton Valley Center and in third, Hoppin ‘N Trottin 4-H Club.

The Corn Festival Prince and Princess are determined by a coloring contest. You can find entry forms at the Swanton Public Library. The deadline for completion is July 8.

If you do not want to enter a float or marching unit but would still like to be involved in the parade, contact Denis Lumbrezer at [email protected] He is the parade chair and is still looking for a few people to help out the morning of the parade.

Other ways to participate in the festival include the Corn Hole, Basketball and Volleyball tournaments that take place all day long. If that sounds like too much activity for you, you can get a team together and join the “Corn Wars” or the Corn Eating contest that will take place on stage 2.

Information on the “Corn Wars” will be coming soon, but if you would like to enter the Corn Eating contest you can contact Samantha Schmidt at 614-270-5020.

If golfing is more your thing, save the date of Friday, Aug. 19 for the Corn Festival Golf Outing to benefit the Swanton Athletic Scholarship fund. More information will follow in the coming weeks.

If you are the creative type, you may want to enter your work of art into the Corn Art Booth. Here you can enter anything from fairy gardens to paintings to photography. Anything goes as long as it is made out of corn, depicts corn, or is corn themed in anyway. Last year’s winners were: First – Sandy Liberty, framed photo; second – Deanna Richardson, corn hat; third – Zoe Arnold, art with corn.

The Corn Festival Committee is also looking for people who would like to volunteer either one or two hours for various things the day of the festival. Contact Alan Robasser [email protected] if you can spare an hour or two.

Applications for all events can be found at swantoncornfest.com. If they are not there now—check back and they will be there soon.

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One way to get involved in the Corn Festival is with a float, such as last year’s winning float from First Federal Savings and Loan.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/23/2016/06/web1_First-Fed-Float.jpgOne way to get involved in the Corn Festival is with a float, such as last year’s winning float from First Federal Savings and Loan.

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