CornFest organizers plant seeds of success
Posted: Monday, May 23, 2011 9:02 pm
By: Glenda Caudle, Special Features Editor
By GLENDA CAUDLE
Special Features Editor
As CornFest committees gear up for another exciting round of entertainment and a variety of family-centered activities to close out the summer and welcome in the harvest season, members say they are pleased to be welcoming back Glenda Chrisp, who has been director of the event for several years.
While Mrs. Chrisp has retired from her job as executive director of Main Street and has been replaced by Phyllis Rauchle, she has agreed to lend her expertise and the knowledge gained from experience with CornFest (previously known as Fall Fest for several years) to ensure another successful season.
For many years, Main Street’s director served a dual role when it came time to pull out all the stops to produce the crowd-pleasing days-long celebration, but as responsibilities for both that organization and for Main Street have increased greatly, those involved agreed that it was no longer feasible for one person to handle both jobs.
And so, while Mrs. Chrisp has given up her Main Street responsibilities, she has been welcomed back by the CornFest board and is already hard at work with the various committees.
CornFest fun will kick off Sept. 10 with CornFest pageants and a two-day high-in-the-sky spectacular known as “Airport Extravaganza,” which is planned for Sept. 10-11 at Everett-Stewart Regional Airport. The Pride of Obion County luncheon will be Sept. 14 and children and youth will have the opportunity to display their artistic talent with the popular Chalk Art Contest Sept. 15 in downtown Union City. Miss Fall Fest pageants are on tap for Sept. 17 and Kiwanis Park in downtown Union City will have day-long fun planned for that date, as well.
The annual barbecue contest will be Sept. 23 and the Obion County Public Library has special entertainment planned for Sept. 29.
FallFest was introduced in Obion County in 1992. While the event changed its name to reflect the agricultural interest of the area in 2007, the emphasis on fun for the whole family has never altered and Mrs. Chrisp’s enthusiasm and experience contribute greatly to the success of the venture, members of the board say.
“I am so excited about my ongoing role with CornFest,” Mrs. Chrisp says. “We are making bigger and better plans all the time and, thanks to our wonderful and very loyal sponsors from the past and those businesses and individuals who have expressed an interest in coming on board now, we are anticipating a very exciting September. Without them, there would simply be no CornFest, so we are more than grateful for their commitment.”
Mrs. Chrisp adds that anyone who would like to become involved in CornFest may contact her at 431-8132 or write to her at CornFest, P.O. Box 381, Union City, TN 38281.
Published in The Messenger 5.23.11