Due to this, my assistant and I have been practicing our rain dance in between getting everything ready for the Sweet Corn Festival. It seems to be pretty obvious that neither of us has mastered the dance, and Mr. Deardorff says we are running out of time.
So, if we get all of our jobs done and the sweet corn does not dry up, the 33rd Annual Adel Sweet Corn Festival will take place on Aug. 11. We are planning on purchasing about 7.5 tons of Deardorff sweet corn, which amounts to about 16,000 ears, to give away to sweet corn lovers first in line.
This year’s theme is “Ear Resistible.” The bright green T-shirts with white letters down the left side are available at the following places:
Adel TV and Appliance
Adel City Hall
Fareway Grocery Store
Fuller’s BP Service Station
Peoples Trust and Savings Bank
Raccoon Valley State Bank
Adult sizes S – XL are $15, and XXL – XXXL are $20.
The corn shucking is as much a tradition of the festival as the Saturday events. The shucking process begins Aug. 10 at 5:30 p.m. at 10th and Court. Entertainment will be provided by Knight DJ. A teen dance will follow from 8:30 – 11 p.m.
This year we will have the 5K back. It is the eighth annual race, and it will begin at the old middle school on Court Street at 8 a.m.
The start of Dallas Country’s largest parade will be at 9:30 a.m. It will begin by the brick plant and proceed down Main Street to 11th Street then turn, ending on Greene Street.
After the parade, head downtown to visit the 80 food and arts and craft booths, the car show, kiddie rides or water fights. If that doesn’t suit your fancy, stroll over to the stage and listen to the entertainment of Beau Nystrom Band, Gottazing, the German brass band or watch the dance groups.
This year you will also have entertainment on the courthouse lawn with those taking part in the “Bill Riley Talent Show.” But that is not all… we have Sydney Lett singing early and the Toaster band later at the beer garden.
See you in Adel for the Sweet Corn Festival… there will be something for everyone.