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Drought not stopping St. Jude's Sweet Corn Festival


As organizers for the St. Jude's Sweet Corn Festival watched the news this summer, they heard how the drought was impacting state crops.  They worried the 37th annual Cedar Rapids festival would be missing the highlight of the event.

"We were always concerned about the drought but the grower is in Northern Iowa, near Oelwein," said Becky Miller, St. Jude's Sweet Corn Festival Chairperson.  "He has some great land.  The corn turned out really well."

So well that the church has 25,000 ears of corn for the public to enjoy at the festival.

That's the same amount they had last year.

"It took us from about 9:30 to about 3:30 this afternoon to get it all done," said Miller.  "The corn is absolutely wonderful. It is large ears of corn and looks perfect."

For some of the younger festival-goers, it wouldn't have mattered if the sweet corn didn't make it to the fair. That's because, for them, it's more about the rides and the games.

"I like the game row where there's basketball," said Kate Rogers, 10 years old. "You can (also) throw the dart to the balloon."

Sweet Corn Festival is a fundraiser for St. Jude's Church, but is open to anyone in the community.

"We encourage families to come out," said Miller.  "The prices for the rides are reasonable. We keep them at 1-2 dollars. We have a lot of kiddie rides for the smaller kids. And we also have a game row."

The festival starts tomorrow evening and ends on Sunday.  Admission and parking are both free.

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