corn fest
 is back,
 in force

All the free hot and buttered and corn you can eat will be ready for the munching at this year at Olathe’s annual Sweet Corn Festival, Aug. 2.

A small core of volunteers warned that the event couldn’t be pulled off this year if more folks didn’t step up to help plan the event. Yet organizers determined they could make a go of it after 20 more people signed on to organize the festivities, festival organizer Jeff Bachman said.

“It’s going to be as big as it’s been in the past or bigger,” he said.

Turnout for last year’s event was low, likely because the festival was called off, and then, revived, Bachman said. Olathe town trustees last year made the difficult decision not to fund the festival because the money was needed to pay for town services. 

Bachman said he hopes that without the on-again, off-again drama of last year, the event will draw more visitors.

Organizers are seeking businesses to sponsor elements of the festival. They also are putting the word out to attract musicians to perform.

Bachman said there is talk of having a Friday night street dance in Olathe. A beer is being made specifically for the festival, and there may be a beer garden on Friday night, Bachman said.

This year’s festival will center on a patriotic theme, but a tag line has not been identified.

“We’re challenging people to come back with ideas,” he said. “One woman had the idea of remembering our heroes and not just military, but fire department and police officers.”

Anyone interested in getting involved in planning the festival should attend a 6 p.m. meeting May 5 at the Harvest Community Church in Olathe.

For more information, call any of the three listed board members on the festival’s website, olathesweetcornfest.com.


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