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Sweet Corn Daze ‘exceeds expectations’

Inaugural Rockwell City celebration raises funds for revitalization

August 8, 2010
By IAN SCHMIT, Messenger staff writer

ROCKWELL CITY - Randy Patterson had a smile on his face.

Hundreds of people surrounded him and the Rockwell City Square for the first annual Sweet Corn Daze Saturday, playing games, meeting old friends and, of course, enjoying the sweet corn.

What started as a simple idea to raise money to revitalize the town can be counted as a success in Patterson's book.

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-Messenger photo by Ian Schmit
Corn cobs were in abundance Saturday morning during Rockwell City's first Sweet Corn Daze. More than 600 ears of sweet corn were roasted and buttered before the day was over.

"We've exceeded our expectations," said Patterson, Rockwell City Chamber of Commerce events coordinator. "There's just been wonderful community support."

Parades, food, inflatables, a car show and a talent show were just a few of the events people enjoyed downtown in Rockwell City Saturday, and more than 600 ears of sweet corn were roasted and buttered before the day was over.

Sheila Trotter and her husband Bill Trotter were among the visitors who enjoyed the event.

"We just came out to watch the talent show and have a good time," said Sheila Trotter, as contestants for the Bill Riley Talent Show performed on the newly constructed bandstand on the courthouse lawn.

The bandstand is one of the projects the Rockwell City Chamber of Commerce hopes to complete to help revitalize the town. The bandstand was constructed by almost all volunteer labor on the part of community members under the direction of Dan Oswald, of Oswald Construction.

Other projects that will be funded in part by Sweet Corn Daze include a downtown garden, new street lighting and Rockwell City signage on the new four-lane Highway 20.

The event also gave people the chance to catch up with some old friends, as it coincided with the Rockwell City all-class reunion.

"We live here in town and we came down to see what was going on and catch up with old friends," said Dale Sexton, who attended the alumni banquet the night before.

For now it's not certain yet how much farther the celebration has brought the town toward its revitalization goals, said Patterson.

"We're not sure how much we'll raise, we just want to make a profit for the first year," he said.

What can be certain for Patterson is that "it's going to be bigger and better next year," he said. "And you'll miss out on some great sweet corn if you don't come back."

Contact Ian Schmit at (515) 573-2141 or



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