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70-person fight, officer assaulted at sweet corn festival

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Six kids have been arrested after a large fight involving nearly 70 of them.

Cell phone video from a neighbor shows crowds of youth flooding a front yard and driveway, the fight spilling over from the St. Jude Sweet Corn Festival in Cedar Rapids.

Neighbors say they have never seen a fight at the festival so large, the brawl even leading to the festival being shut down about an hour and a half early on Saturday night.

"They were just yelling and screaming at each other and then when the police would try to you know calm them down and everything then they just started yelling and screaming at the police," says Tina Coate, a neighbor to the St. Jude Sweet Corn Festival.

Police say one officer was punched in the face by a 16-year-old and then kicked while on the ground.

Coate says there was no respect toward the law enforcement working to stop the fight.

"To see the kids talking to police like that, it just, it was very, it was very scary," she told us.

"I don't understand the thought process, that you know these young people have today and again to violently attack a police officer in the manner that they did and also resist arrest and resist authority, greatly concerns me and disturbs me," says Cedar Rapids Police Chief Wayne Jerman.

The festival cleanup process is underway after re-opening for a successful Sunday.

The money raised form the St. Jude Sweet Corn Festival mostly goes right back to St. Jude Catholic Church.

The Chair of the festival tells KWWL that overall numbers were a little down from years past but that is not how they are gauging the success of the event, they plan to focus on the positives.

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