Annual Sweet Corn Festival Raising Money Over Weekend

By Brandi Bachman, KCRG-TV9

The annual St. Jude Sweet Corn Festival is happening this weekend at St. Jude’s Church at 50 Edgewood Road Northwest in Cedar Rapids.

It runs on Friday from 5 p.m. through midnight, Saturday 11 a.m. through midnight, and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. through 7 p.m.

Volunteers spent Thursday shucking and preparing about 30,000 ears of corn.

“I’m quality control,” said Fred Cernin, a St. Jude Volunteer. “I’m checking these ears out making sure they’re and we’re ready for business. It’s good family entertainment, and it’s economical. You can feed a family of 4 for 12 bucks real easily.”

“This is actually a fundraiser for St. Jude’s,” said Debbie Kinion, a Sweet Corn Festival Chair. “But it’s so much more than that because this is a chance for the whole community to get together. It’s a community getting together laughing and having a good time.”

Dyleton Franck helped to shuck corn. “Seeing people happy and enjoying the outdoors and having some fun with their family and friends.”

All of the corn for the festival is grown by one Iowa farmer. Organizers say all they have to do is tell him when the festival is scheduled, and they get his crop.

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