CornFest off to an excellent start with plenty of fun events remaining

CornFest off to an excellent start with plenty of fun events remaining
CornFest off to an excellent start with plenty of fun events remaining | CornFest off to an excellent start with plenty of fun events remaining
By DONNA RYDER
Associate Editor
“Things couldn’t be better.” Those were the words from CornFest executive director Glenda Chrisp this morning when she was asked about CornFest activities.
“We’ve had fantastic crowds,” she said, adding that people stayed all day Saturday despite the sprinkles which fell from the sky.
Mrs. Chrisp said the most attended single event was Pride of Obion County, where Robert Kirkland was tabbed with the honor this year. But the most people attended Saturday’s events at Kiwanis Park, where Tyson Foods fixed free chicken and corn on the cob for everyone who attended.
So far, CornFest has shown its flair for fashion, crowned beauties, honored Kirkland, offered budding artists a place to showcase their talents and stomped to the beat of Cowboy Dan.
Saturday’s events included the CornFest Run, a pet show, a petting zoo, corn shucking, corn eating, a cornhole tournament, a chair auction, a musical talent contest, a bed race and a pig race.
All of that alone would be sufficient for a successful event, but there’s more yet to come.
The best barbecue cookers around will compete for bragging rights Friday and Saturday during BBQ CornTest. Cookers will converge on the Obion County Fairgrounds in Union City for a non-sanctioned Tyson-sponsored cookoff.
The Obion County Museum will host a Day of Discovery Sept. 29 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at its location on Edwards Street in Union City. Free events will include frontiersmen re-enactors; exploration of a fire truck, ambulance and helicopter; and Discovery Park of America presentations at 10:30 a.m., 11:30, 12:30 p.m. and 1:30. For a $3 donation per child or $5 for two children, there will be target shooting with air-soft military rifles, train rides and inflatables. Refreshments of hot dogs and soft drinks will also be available.
The final CornFest event is the Miss Fall Fest Tennessee Scholarship Pageant on Nov. 3. It will be held at the Capitol Theatre in downtown Union City and is for single women between the ages of 17 and 24.
Mrs. Chrisp said they have more sponsors this year than in years past and she wants to thank everyone for supporting the annual festival.
Published in The Messenger 9.17.12

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