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Celebrate 50 years of corn at the Eden Corn Festival

The town of Eden will celebrate a 50-year tradition on Thursday – Sunday, Aug. 1 – 4: the Eden Corn Festival.

Four days of celebration means a lengthy list of activities. The event will feature food and craft vendors, rides and games, music performances and a large supply of corn.

In honor of continuing the town’s tradition, the festival’s planning committee has kept many of the activities and events as is, but this year’s event will also feature some changes.

“This year will be our largest midway yet,” said festival organizer Jeff Winter. The midway, which will be open each day of the festival, will offer more than 30 rides.

The Battle of the Bands competition has been eliminated from the festival roster, due to location complications; the baseball field where the event is usually held will be utilized for an anniversary celebration.

Numerous baseball and softball games will take place, during the festival. Further game specifics can be found on the full schedule listing.

There will also be many food vendors, including chicken and pork barbecues’ taking place each day: at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 1 and Friday, Aug. 2 and noon on Saturday, Aug. 3 and Sunday, Aug. 4.

A series of festival contests, ranging from testing physical strength to eating capabilities, will welcome attendees to participate.

A tug-of-war competition, a corn bread and corn chowder contest, a corn-eating contest and the recurrent children’s corn-husking contest will also be held. Children competing to husk will be divvied up by age into three groups: 5 and younger, 6 – 10 and 11 – 15.

Beauty contestants will partake in the pageantry for festival queen and junior miss.

Jarod Miller will once again make a wildlife presentation at the festival at 8 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 2. The Eden native became the youngest accredited zookeeper, at the age of 25. He currently hosts “Animal Exploration with Jarod Miller,” a nationally-syndicated show, and co-hosts Animal Planet’s series “Petfinder.”

A parade, featuring more than 75 marching units and the corn festival queen and her corn king, will begin at noon on Sunday, Aug. 4. Two bands will perform on Sunday evening: South City Band at 1 p.m. and West of the Mark Band at 6. The festival will close with a fireworks display, at the end of the night.

To view a complete schedule of events for the Eden Corn Festival, visit www.edencornfest.com.
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