Even though Mother Nature did not completely cooperate with this year’s Swanton Corn Festival, a good time was had by all.
The morning parade was well attended with over 80 entries. Lasting over an hour, the parade was filled with many marching bands and numerous floats displaying the theme “Corn Wars: May the Stalks Be With You.”
The Hoppin N’ Trottin 4-H Club finished in first place in the float contest. Approved Home Health was second and Swanton Alumni Class of ‘66 was third.
The volleyball tournament was able to get everything in as well before the rain came. Winning that event was Shay Miller’s team.
The Corn Art Booth had some very creative and wonderful entries again this year. In first place was Deanna Richardson’s hanging sunflower made completely out of corn and in second place was Kira Cherry’s very creative oil pastel drawing of a uni‘corn.’
There were only six teams in the Corn Hole Tournament this year but they sure did seem to be enjoying themselves. The committee is very grateful to Tim Krohn for organizing the event this year. The winners of the Corn Hole Tournament were Brent and Mark in first place with CJ and Matt in second. (No last names were given)
All of the entertainment needs to be commended on great performances, but especially to those who continued to perform during the downpours, sometimes to only the one or two people who were prepared with umbrellas, said Pam Kazmierczak, committee member.
The Swanton Corn Festival was indeed filled with great food, fun rides, challenging games, and great entertainment. The festival would not happen without many volunteers.
Those interested can go to the website swantoncornfest.com and check out the committee contact link to see how many people it takes to pull this off.
Kazmierczak said a big thanks also needs to go to Swanton Rotary, Swanton Lions Club, Swanton High School National Honor Society, Swanton Leos Club and the Boy Scouts for their many hours of setting up and tearing down of the booths, cornstalks, tents and chairs. “This year more than ever, reliance on the business sponsors is a necessity,” she said. “The Swanton Corn Festival Commitee would like to thank our Platinum Sponsors, Charlies Automotive and North Star BlueScope Steel; our Gold Sponsors, Scottdel Cushion, AMRI of Swanton, Swanton Welding and Weigel Funeral Home as well as the many Silver, Supporting and Contributing Sponsors.”
A complete list of all sponsors can be found at swantoncornfest.com.