I sometimes have to step back and remind myself we now live in a much smaller town than we used to. Sometimes that is blatantly obvious, like this past weekend, when we headed out for Loveland's Annual Corn Roast Festival.
Adam joined the "corn shuckers" at work and took part in the corn shucking contest. I'm told he was the weak link on his team...which I think is funny considering we're from Illinois.
So, they serve corn all throughout the weekend (and it's GOOOD), but I'm told that years ago someone came up with the idea of a contest to shuck the corn...
Because seriously, that IS the most annoying part.
Adam did step up his game, and the rest of his team gave a valiant effort, but they just couldn't shuck enough ears to win.
We didn't care...we were there to take it all in, regardless...
The whole set-up reminded me of The Petunia Festival in my hometown of Dixon, Illinois. It's over the 4th of July every year and it's so much fun. Many of my best memories of living in Dixon center around that week in the middle of summer.
I hope the Corn Roast Festival is similar for my kids.
After shucking, Adam made a good point..."I can't leave the Corn Festival without eating some corn..." so we tried it on for size. And let me say, we've got high corn standards having grown up in the middle of a corn field and all...
I won't even tell you how they put butter on it.
Ok, I will. They have crock pots FULL of melted butter and they dunk the ear in, spin it around and then slosh it down in a piece of tin foil. Seriously. Paula Deen would be proud.
For some of us, corn wasn't enough...which is fine because there was a whole line-up of food choices...Ethan chose well, the perfect fair-food...
Sophia got this greasy mess:
My stomach hurts just looking at it. Tater twists. They're basically potato chips straight out of the grease. Yow.
Even still, the real star was the corn...
Everyone loved it. Even this random person that Adam took a picture of.
This is why I don't give him the camera very often.
During the shucking content, the kids spotted an inflatable and bungee jumping thing. They begged and pleaded and wore us down until finally we relented.
It was worth it...
They had a blast.
Ethan studied Sophia before they strapped him in...
And then took the reins.
A huge, huge success!
We are definitely fans of The Corn Roast Festival...next year we'll add even more activities to our itinerary...and that's saying something for this homebodied family!