Editorial: Ringing in the start of festival season with Sugar Grove Corn Boil

By on July 25, 2014

Heat, humidity and bugs getting you down this summer? Fear not, as we’re on the doorstep of yet another summer festival season meant to celebrate the four major municipalities in our coverage area. And the fun will kick off this weekend with the beloved Sugar Grove Corn Boil, July 25-27 at Volunteer Park.

The Sugar Grove Corn Boil has been a summer tradition since 1967, and it started as a simple community picnic, with each family bringing a dish to pass, games for the whole family, and the day ending with a street dance at the American Legion.

Nearly 50 years later, we know the Corn Boil for its family-friendly atmosphere, carnival rides, live entertainment, top-notch fireworks show and, last but not least, great corn.

Each year, the Sugar Grove Corn Boil Committee spends months and months planning for July’s Corn Boil event. In fact, December is the only month that the Corn Boil Committee takes a break from its year-long planning, according to Corn Boil President Jean Lindsay. And last year’s Corn Boil event was record breaking, thanks in part to a very successful Sunday at the festival.

The committee hopes to have an even bigger year this time around.

In terms of this year’s musical entertainment, some of the bands in the lineup for this year’s music are local bands. The other bands are from all over.

There will be a jumbotron again this year, which will make it easier for people to watch the bands from a distance. The sponsors of the Corn Boil pay for the jumbotron by slotting in advertising in between the music. The Corn Boil will limit the amount of commercials in order to have it be tasteful.

In an effort to raise money for the fireworks, the Corn Boil Committee has set up a PayPal account on its website, sugargrovecornboil.org/entertainment/fireworks, for residents, community members or anyone else interested in helping contribute to the cost of the Corn Boil’s fireworks display.

And the Sugar Grove Corn Boil Committee is still raising money for the annual fireworks. According to Lindsay, there are places of business around the village of Sugar Grove that will accept donations. The committee is expecting to have the fireworks show last for around 15 to 20 minutes, which is the same amount of time as last year’s show.

During the Corn Boil, there will be fireworks donation buckets located on the shuttles that transport people from the parking lot to the actual event.

There are bigger sponsorships available for those looking to donate to the fireworks display. People interested in donating or receiving sponsorship can contact the committee by visiting the Sugar Grove Corn Boil website and clicking on the contact tab.

All donations for the fireworks are tax deductible. This year, the fireworks will be held on Saturday, July 26, beginning at approximately 9:30 p.m.

The Corn Boil Committee also anticipates having the biggest raffle in the history of the Corn Boil event.

“Our sponsors have been great this year,” Lindsay said. “We’re only selling 1,000 tickets. Tickets are $5 a piece, and we are already selling them. We’ll have items such as a 55-inch HD Samsung Smart TV, laptops, White Sox tickets, Cubs tickets, Bears tickets and Paramount Theatre tickets.”

Whether you want to listen to live music, enjoy some drinks with friends in the beer garden, take the kids on some carnival rides, eat your weight in corn or catch one of the best firework displays in the state of Illinois, you belong in Sugar Grove this weekend for the annual Corn Boil. Great corn, great friends and great pyrotechnics—is there anything better in life?