Editorial: Enjoy the Corn Boil

Every year, countless man hours from dozens of people representing numerous organizations culminate in a three-day festival celebrating community—the Sugar Grove Corn Boil.

This year, that effort will come together this Friday through Sunday, July 27-29.

There are so many things for people of all ages to see and do during the three days, we dedicated two full sections to previewing it—the final section is in this week’s edition.

The festival kicks off at 6 p.m. on Friday, although Volunteer Park will open two hours earlier. From that moment until the festival concludes Sunday evening, residents from throughout the area will be treated to a fun-filled, family event that demonstrates what a dedicated group of individuals can do with limited funds, community support and a ton of community spirit.

From live music to a car show, Bingo to the annual water fights, there is definitely something there during the three days to entertain anyone of any age and virtually any interest.

Most importantly, though, the event draws together the community, because it truly is the community that organizes the festival.

We urge everyone to attend at least a portion of the Corn Boil festivities, and as you stroll through the grounds, pay attention to the different individuals and groups who put it together. Pay attention to those who spent their time and/or money to help make sure that for three days, the community comes together to both entertain and be entertained, to share in laughter and joy, and of course, to eat a lot of corn.

As each of you enjoy your portion of the Corn Boil, we ask that you thank those who helped put it on, and as you leave, we ask that you think how you might be able to help during next year’s preparation.

Maybe it’s a few hours of your time to check IDs at the beer garden or sell raffle tickets; maybe it’s a monetary donation to help ensure the fireworks continue. Whatever it is, just know that, as much community spirit you may feel as a festival-goer, the effect is ten-fold when you know you played a part in helping it come together.