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Large brawl prompts changes at St. Jude Sweet Corn Festival

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -

The St. Jude Sweet Corn Festival will  charge admission this year for the first time in it's more than 40 year history. 

The change comes after a fight involving nearly 70 people broke out at the festival last year. 

It will cost $3 to get in to the event which starts Friday at 5 p.m. 

Cedar Rapids police have been working with festival organizers to make sure the family friendly event is safe. 

There will be specific entry points and bags will be checked when entering. 

 "We used to see a few brawls now and then nothing like last year. Last year was planned from what the police were able to track down via social media it was planned. They were asking people to come from Chicago, from Waterloo to come down and cause problems,"  says Festival Chair Molly Glynn. 

This will be the 42nd year for the sweet corn festival which welcomes all ages. 

25,000 of corn are being brought in for the event which features live music, carnival rides and a variety of fair food. 

Officers will be on site all three days helping to provide safety and security to the beloved festival. 

 "We're hoping this year with the new measures and if the community comes out and supports us that will help tremendously," says Glynn. 

The corn for the festival is being picked fresh tonight on a farm near Hazelton, tomorrow volunteers will shuck it and get it ready. 

Certain items will not be allowed into the event like backpacks, weapons, scooters, coolers, skateboards or pets. 

Service animals will be able to come in. 

Smoking will not be allowed. 

For more information on the  St. Jude Sweet Corn Festival visit: http://www.judesweetcornfest.com/

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