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Volunteers shuck 25 thousand ears of corn before festival

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It's about all the corn you can handle.

Some 200 volunteers spent a good part of the day Thursday shucking and scrubbing 14 tons of corn in Cedar Rapids.

The large effort is kicking off the 38th annual St. Jude Sweet Corn Festival.

Festival leaders say the preparation of all the corn has become quite the tradition.

"They're happy to be here.  We have people who come every year," said Michael Glynn, the festival's chairman.  "I think there's some people that come to do this, that don't even come to the festival, that they like and enjoy the company that much and the work and shucking and cleaning the corn and saying they had a hand in that project." 

The corn is sold for 50 cents an ear.

The three day festival also features games, carnival rides and local live entertainment.

The event begins Friday and is the church's largest fundraiser of the year.

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