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Sugar Grove Corn Boil to pack much entertainment

July 07,2016 04:18

With free entry, free parking and mostly-free activities and entertainment, the Corn Boil Committee has worked hard to make the event family-friendly and inexpensive, Corn Boil President Jean Lindsay said. Many people mistakenly think the festival is ...

SUGAR GROVE – The Sugar Grove Corn Boil is a community event where neighbors gather to enjoy a weekend of friendship, fun, music and food. This family-friendly weekend also offers a variety of children’s activities, carnival rides, crafts, a 5K run, car show, fireworks and more.The event runs July 28 to 31. Carnival rides begin in the evening on July 28, but the festival begins in earnest July 29.This year’s parade and opening ceremony, which both start at 5 p.m. July 29, will feature Special Olympics athletes and medal winners from around the Fox Valley area. The Sugar Grove Citizen of the Year will be announced during the ceremony.The corn boil festival takes place at Volunteer Park on Main Street, surrounding the Sugar Grove Park District building and Kaneland John Shields Elementary School.Entertainment begins with an appearance by special guest Dick Biondi and the Road Crew.Doug Reiners, entertainment chair, said the July 29 show will have a rock and roll theme, featuring the Beatles tribute band Liverpool Legends.Other performances include hometown bands such as The Duke Band from Sugar Grove and a jazz-fusion group of Kaneland High School seniors and graduates called Remember the Future.The headliner July 30 is country singer Eric Von, who has opened for Kenny Chesney and Miranda Lambert. The entertainment theme on July 31 is music from the 1950s and ’60s to coincide with the car show on-site, with music from Fast Eddie and the Corvettes and more, Reiners said.A Kids Zone area will offer games, prizes and entertainment, including superhero and royal princess character appearances, as well as physical fitness challenges with the U.S. Marine Corps and the U.S. Army Corps, and a visit by the School of Rock House Band from Geneva.With free entry, free parking and mostly-free activities and entertainment, the Corn Boil Committee has worked hard to make the event family-friendly and inexpensive, Corn Boil President Jean Lindsay said. Many people mistakenly think the festival is run by the village, she said, adding that the festival is completely volunteer-run.The nonprofit Sugar Grove Corn Boil organization is a citizen volunteer group that plans and organizes the annual festival. The group is always looking for more volunteers to help make the festival a success, and this year is no exception. People are particularly needed to help operate the parking lot, drive the golf cart shuttles, shuck corn and more.
“We also still have room for sponsorships,” Lindsay said.Raffle tickets are on sale at various locations, including the Sugar Grove Jewel-Osco and the farmers market, with a $1,500 first-place cash prize and several baskets filled with gift cards. In addition, contributions are needed to support the Corn Boil fireworks, renamed the Bob Bohler Memorial Fireworks, in honor of long-time Corn Boil volunteer Bob Bohler who passed away last year, organizers said.The money the Corn Boil raises is shared with local nonprofit organizations. Friends Food Pantry, the Sugar Grove Historical Society and the Kaneland High School Drum Corps are a few of the organizations the Corn Boil helped last year.Visit www.sugargrovecornboil.org for festival information.
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