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Sweet Corn Festival is almost here

Posted July 31, 2013 in Adel, Community Featured

The 34th Annual Adel Sweet Corn Festival is almost here. After months of planning and hundreds of volunteer hours, the Chamber is excited to welcome everyone to this year’s event.

The festivities begin on Friday evening with the annual corn shucking. The shucking process begins at 5:30 p.m. at 10th and Prairie. Everyone is encouraged to come and help prepare the corn for Saturday. There will be music from Knight Life DJ and beverages from Culligan Water and Corner Tap. Adel After-Prom will be sponsoring a teen dance from 8:30 – 11 p.m. on the stage lawn.

Saturday activities begin with the Ninth Annual Sweet Corn Festival 5k at 8 a.m. Both runners and walkers are welcome. You can register online at

The parade, which is the largest in Dallas County, begins at 9:30 a.m. Participants can line up near the brick plant starting at 8:30 a.m.  The parade proceeds down Main Street to 11th Street then turns, ending on Greene Street.

After the parade, head downtown to visit the 80 food, informational and arts and craft booths. There will also be a car show, children’s rides and entertainment throughout the day. Daytime entertainment on the stage includes music from Nice Bangs, the Bill Riley Talent Show and performances by Adel Dance Club and Let’s Dance. There will also be entertainment on the courthouse lawn, including hula hoop performances and lessons from Sparkle Hoop Dance and performances by Adel Tumbling Club and GottaZING!  As the day winds down, head to the beer garden where Brother Trucker and Throwing Toast will be performing on the stage.

You can show your Adel pride by purchasing the 2013 Sweet Corn Festival shirts. This year’s theme is “Keep Calm, The Corn’s On.” The T-shirts are available in orange and grey and are available at the following places:
Adel TV and Appliance
Chamber Office
Fareway Grocery Store
Fuller’s BP Service Station
People’s Trust and Savings Bank
Raccoon Valley State Bank

Adult sizes S-XL are $15, and XXL-XXXL are $20. The shirts will also be available at the Chamber booth during the festival.

Additional events are listed in the Official Sweet Corn Festival Guide, which you can find on pages 15 – 21 of this publication.

I hope to see you in Adel on Saturday, Aug. 10 for the Sweet Corn Festival.

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