Sugar Grove ready to celebrate with annual Corn Boil

Riders react as they dive back toward Earth as they ride Pharoah's Fury at a previous Sugar Grove Corn Boil. | Jeff Cagle / For Sun-Times Media
Riders react as they dive back toward Earth as they ride Pharoah's Fury at a previous Sugar Grove Corn Boil. | Jeff Cagle / For Sun-Times Media

SUGAR GROVE – It’s a little more than a day before the Sugar Grove Corn Boil kicks off — and if you want to know exactly how long it is, there’s a clock at the official event website at sugargrovecornboil.org/ that is counting it down to the second.

For the record, the official start is probably considered 5 p.m. Friday with the opening parade and ceremony, opening of the carnival rides and the beginning of bingo.

But also for the record, the arts and crafts and business booths, food vendors and the beer and mixed drinks booth get a jump on the opening ceremony by opening at 4 p.m. Friday.

Whichever you consider the official beginning, one thing is sure: Friday evening is the start of three days of entertainment, information, games, general fun for kids and adults, and corn — lots and lots of corn.

The Corn Boil started in 1967 to raise money for the Sugar Grove Community Club and is now run by the not-for-profit Corn Boil organization. It has always managed to serve its signature food, even during times of drought and bad corn crops, which means getting corn this year should be a slam dunk.

But the event is much more than corn. It runs Friday, Saturday and Sunday in downtown Sugar Grove, all contained in the area surrounded by Main, Snow, Meadow and McCannon streets, mainly in Volunteer Park behind John Shields Elementary School and behind the Sugar Grove Park District building.

There are food booths and vendors that includes both businesses and community organizations.

Back when the Sugar Grove Community Club organized the Corn Boil, it was to raise money so they could do the various community activities and functions they funded.

That spirit continues today, as the Corn Boil organization opens its vendor area to local groups to raise money during the three-day event.

In addition, the Corn Boil organization, after paying for the event, shares what’s left over with local group such as the Between Friends Food Pantry, West Town Human Services Network, the Sugar Grove Park District, the Township Senior Center, Big Rock Park District and many others.

There is plenty of entertainment on the Sound Stage throughout the weekend. This year’s schedule includes: Friday night, 6 p.m. Duke Band; 7 p.m., Red Woody; and 9:30 p.m. Libido Funk Circus; Saturday, 3:30 p.m. Generation; 5 p.m. Humphrey & McKoewn; 6:30 p.m. Rockstar Rodeo; 8:30 p.m. Lounge Puppets; and Sunday, 1 p.m. 4th Point; 2:15 p.m. City Harbor; 3 p.m. Citizen Way and 4 p.m. Mikeschair.

There is a food court which includes different vendors, as well as the ample corn sale area. There are places to eat both at the food court and in the dining tent, which faces the Sound Stage where the music is played. This year’s food area will include a smoke free zone.

At the opening ceremonies, there will be several special presentations. One will be $50 to the person who found the Corn Boil Medallion, an annual event begun seven years ago.

The second will be $500 presented to the first winner of the Donna Markus Scholarship fund, established in honor of long-time Corn Boil volunteer, Donna Markus.

There is plenty of entertainment besides music, including cooking contests, and fun for kids in the Kid Zone, including magic, a water balloon toss, the Ronald McDonald show, the Kane County Sheriff’s SWAT demonstration, a reptile display, ice cream eating contest, a diaper derby and more.

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