St. Jude's Sweet Corn Festival Starts Friday

Jessica Antonini and her father Joe Antonini eat ears of corn at last year's St. Jude's Sweet Corn Festival. (photo by Cliffe Jette, The Gazette)

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By Becky Ogann

CEDAR RAPIDS - Parishioners from St. Jude Catholic Church spent the day shucking corn.

The 33rd Annual St. Jude's Sweet Corn Festival begins Friday and volunteer parishioners prepared 12 tons of corn on Thursday.

The corn comes from a local farmer in Independence, and was retrieved by the Jefferson Football Team.

They sell the corn for 50 cents an ear.

"He started it in June, we didn't have any problems with it. It was on high ground, so it's just perfect, and it was picked fresh today," said Blaine Miller, chair of Sweet Corn Festival.

The Sweet Corn Festival starts Friday at 5:00 PM and will run through the weekend. Full schdule of events.

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