The annual Swanton Corn Festival will be held this Saturday, starting with the parade at 10:30 a.m. and ending at midnight with the conclusion of the 8 p.m. performance by the Harley Packer Band in the beer tent.
Crafters, merchants, entertainment, rides, games and above all food, can be found in main festival area until around 8 p.m, however the rides will continue past that time if the crowds dictate. For many, the food is what the festival is all about and for years the same organizations have had the same food and usually in the same place. As soon as the parade is over you see flocks of people making a beeline to their favorite festival food booth, however the real experts know to wait until a little later on in the day for their favorite treat until the lines go down.
Most of the food booths are run by local non-profit organizations that use the festival as one of their main sources of fundraising. Three area churches, Wilkins United Methodist with their milk shakes, the Antioch Baptist Church with their ribeye sandwiches and Faith Lutheran Church with their funnel cakes, will have people lined up most of the day.
St. Richard’s parents club also does pizza which is a big hit. Swanton Rotary club will have their fabulous hotdogs, hamburgers and bratwurst sandwiches again and right next to them will be Boy Scout Troop 208 with their mini donuts and coffee. It would not be a Corn Festival without corn, so the Swanton Elks will be having their sweet corn booth as well this year.
The Swanton Fire Department, along with being the co-grand marshals of the parade with the police department, will have fried pickles and French fries and the Swanton American Legion will be serving chicken dinners. The Corn Festival Committee has asked all vendors to remain at the Festival until 8 p.m. this year, however, the chicken dinners will only be served until they run out.
Also providing food for the festival to ensure a well rounded fair food menu will be a few “for profit” groups. Swanton Health Care will be selling their baked goods and you will again see Fernado’s Mexican food. In addition to the annual fruit smoothies, kettle corn, chili mac, chicken salad sandwiches and pulled pork, the festival will be adding Taste Spuds; smoked potatoes topped with meats and cheeses.
“Please plan on coming down this Saturday to Swanton Memorial Park to enjoy your hometown Corn Festival,” said Pam Kazmierczak, Corn Festival Committee member. Parking is close by and only $2 per car.
“This is a great time and place to enjoy the simple things of life; good food, good entertainment and good friends,” said Kazmierczak. “Those who have been before are already looking forward to it, and those who have never been need to come and see what they have been missing!”