“I’ll be the number one man for the number two business,” joked Ed Hampe. He offered to be in charge of porta potties after the unexpected death of Arnie DeRuiter, who had been in charge for the past 15 years.
• In other Sweet Corn Days (Aug. 10-12) business, the Community Club learned at its April 16 meeting Howard County Business & Tourism decided not to sponsor the Barbecue Contest this year. In the past two years, the HCBT has solicited donations for the payouts, which was about $700 per town.
The first year was free for participants. Last year, there was a $25 registration fee. The Community Club decided to have the barbecue contest again and try to come up with donations for payouts.
As with any event, it gets bigger and better every year. This year, the group had already planned to bring more events to Main Street to help support the barbecue contest. The beer garden will open at noon again. A bean bag tournament is planned for Saturday on Main Street, and kids games will also be taking place.
If the contest is not a success, it may be discontinued next year.
• Ron Fitzgerald has said the unit for cooking sweet corn will be up and running for the celebration. It can’t be Sweet Corn Days without sweet corn, after all!
• There are a couple of events that are still up in the air, including what exactly will be taking place during the kids games on Saturday afternoon. Curt Tienter and four couples are working on ideas. Other items still being worked on include a mystery event at Brown Park that is still a mystery and another event to raise awareness of Brown Park.
• There was some talk at the last Community Club meeting about kids leaving candy on the ground after parades. Candy is also expensive. Some suggestions were to not throw candy or only throw candy at the Sweet Corn Days Parade.
No need to fear! It was agreed to throw candy for all parades, including the first parade of the season, Preston on May 19 at 4:00 p.m.
• The group is still looking for someone to head up the Miss Sweet Corn Contest.
• The Community Club is always looking for new ideas to bring people to town for the celebration. Anyone with ideas and a strong back are encouraged to attend the meetings on the third Monday of each month. The next meeting is May 21 at 7:00 p.m.
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