Kicking off the Corn Boil
Ceremony, parade start this year’s Sugar Grove Corn Boil
by Hope Zegiel
Sugar Grove—A full year’s worth of work, organization, coordination and fundraising culminates in one place at one time—6 p.m. on Friday, July 27, in front of the sound stage behind Kaneland John Shields Elementary School.
This is when and where the annual Sugar Grove Corn Boil festival kicks off. The Opening Ceremony begins at 6 p.m. and leads directly into the Corn Boil Parade.
The parade will include the Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, church groups and other community members. This year will feature special honors for the original members of the Corn Boil Committee.
Leading the parade will be Kaneland High School’s drum line.
Jerry Swatek, entertainment chair of the Corn Boil, said that there will be several speeches during this year’s ceremony.
Speeches will come from Steve Ekker, Corn Boil president, as well as Sugar Grove Village President Sean Michels. In addition, the annual Sugar Grove Citizen of the Year will be announced then, as well as who won this year’s Medallion Hunt. Finally, the winners of the Sugar Grove Chamber of Commerce and Industry Scholarship will be announced.
While no specific details can be formally released, opening ceremony and parade organizers asked all spectators to keep their eyes open during the event, as there are some surprises in store as well.