Only thing sweeter than music in Olathe is the corn
The Olathe Sweet Corn Festival is all about two Cs, according to festival organizer Bobbi Sale — corn and the concerts.
The festival usually goes through about 70,000 ears of corn, which is given away free at the festival. There’s an official corn-eating contest as well as dozens of unofficial corn-eating contests that take place throughout the day between friends and family members.
This year, the festival will take place over two days, with concerts Friday, Aug. 5 and Saturday, Aug. 6. Friday evening’s performers will be The Guess Who, which made its mark on rock and roll with songs such as “American Woman,” “These Eyes,” and “No Sugar Tonight.” Country music star Aaron Tippin will perform on Saturday.
“We want to offer something for everyone,” Sale said. “We anticipate getting two different crowds for the different concerts.”
Although the number of days and the number of concerts has gone up, the cost of the festival has not.
“It’s possible to come to both days for $19, which is the same price as the one-day price last year,” Sale said.
In addition to promoting the appreciation of the town’s famous corn, the festival also gives Olathe nonprofit organizations to set up vendor booths to raise money.