Volunteers: the lifeblood of the Corn Boil

By on July 16, 2009

The Sugar Grove Corn Boil is a volunteer-run community event, featuring three family-friendly and fun-filled days.

On the schedule this year are a carnival, fantastic bands, local talent, arts, crafts, Bingo, great food—including tons—literally tons—of corn—and of course the fireworks. Save these dates: July 24, 25 and 26, for the Sugar Grove Corn Boil: where friends and family come together to have fun.

The proceeds from the sweet-corn sales help to meet the expenses for the event, are reinvested to planning the next year’s Corn Boil, and are distributed among several local organizations assisting in the preparation and sale of the food.

Past recipients include the Sugar Grove Methodist Church, Calvary West Church and the Sugar Grove Historical Society. Purchase corn, hot-dogs and ice-cold water at the Prairie Building. Also available at this location is the “Buy the Slice” sales by the Sugar Grove United Methodist church ladies, from their variety of fresh-made pies.

The Sugar Grove Lions Club has long been the sponsor of the fireworks for the annual Corn Boil. The Lions are known for their programs to test and give assistance for people with vision difficulties. Donations from the Corn Boil allow the Lions to maintain their support of these vital programs while also providing the very popular fireworks displays. Donation cans are available throughout the community, at Farmers Market on Saturdays, and by sending sending contributions to Sugar Grove Lion Club c/o Corn Boil, P.O. Box 225, Sugar Grove, IL 60554.

Shucking ears of corn on a Friday afternoon was taken on as a Service Project by Boy Scout Troop 7 of Elburn without thought of compensation. The Corn Boil donation received by the troop in previous years has been used to add, repair and update equipment used for their monthly camping excursions. These excursions promote planning, teamwork, physical activity and developing skills and knowledge in many areas for the boys, often leading towards rank advancements.

The Sugar Grove Fire Fighters Association has sold beer at Corn Boil for years. The Corn Boil is a critical fundraising source for the organization. Funds generated at Corn Boil are put to use in the sponsoring of community fire safety awareness programs; supporting burn victim summer camps; and enhancements to Fire Department equipment. This year the beer tent sales run Friday, 4 to 11 p.m.; Saturday, noon to 11 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. The sales area is west of the Prairie Building. Alcohol beverage purchase requires separate purchase of a daily $1 wrist band. Consumers are reminded to follow the “no alcohol on school property” law and keep the drinks on the north side of the sidewalk and snow fence.

Added to the Corn Boil in recent years is the Bingo tent. Located near the school gymnasium, the Bingo tent has several host organizations. This year on Friday from 4 to 11 p.m., the tent is sponsored by Kaneland McDole Elementary PTO; on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Kaneland Music Boosters, and on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., the Kaneland Peer Leadership group.

The Sugar Grove Park District sponsors the Corn Boil 5-K. This is a 3.1-mile (USATF certified No. IL-04086-JW) course on residential streets with the finish in front of the library. The race is electronically timed with traffic control. There will be a first aid station and refreshments. An award ceremony will take place after the race. All runners will receive a commemorative race T-shirt. Awards will be presented to the first male and female finishers as well as first, second and third place in each age division. Park District programming benefits from the proceeds of this event.

The Sugar Grove Firefighters Association Auxiliary is offering a pork chop dinner on Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. Proceeds from the dinner help the Auxiliary to provide benefits to the community in many ways. Among them are:
• Filling the stockings of needy children at Christmas
• Providing gifts for Sugar Grove Firefighter children at the annual Christmas Party.
• Holding a pizza party for the Kaneland Elementary School South children’s class with the highest number of blood donors at the Sugar Grove Fire Department blood drive.
• Providing flowers or memorials in the event of the death of a family member.
• Purchasing an ice machine for the Sugar Grove Firefighters Association to save the expense of buying ice for fire calls.
• Providing meals for firefighters at training sites.
• Purchasing film and providing development of fire department photos of fire and accident scenes.
• Providing a snow cone machine for community events during which the Auxiliary provides free snow cones to children at the Kane County Safety Fair, Fourth of July parade and the Kaneland John Shields Elementary Fun Fair.

The Sugar Grove Library Friends will hold their annual used book sale in the Mutipurpose room of Kaneland John Shields Elementary School Friday, 4 to 11 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The sales enable “Friends of the Library” to:
• Recruit members of the community
• Focus public attention on library services, facilities and needs
• Stimulate use of library resources and services
• Encourage gifts, endowments and bequests to the library
• Support development of library services, education programs and facilities
• Provide funds for the purchase of materials and equipment

The Corn Boil is still looking for volunteers to set up, work during the Corn Boil, and clean up. If you would like to volunteer, please call (630) 466-5166. The Sugar Grove Corn Boil is held in Volunteer Park, west of Route 47, just off Main Street in downtown Sugar Grove behind the Kaneland John Shields Elementary School. For more information about the Corn Boil, call the Sugar Grove Events Hotline at (630) 466-5166, listen to WSPY 1480 AM and 107.1 FM or visit www.sugargrovecornboil.org.

contributed by Beverly Holmes Hughes
Sugar Grove Corn Boil Committee

Festival is free thanks to sponsors
This event has free admission thanks to the support of our sponsors. Stage Sponsor: The Solheim Cup; Platinum Sponsors: Castle Bank; The Daily Herald; Engineering Enterprises, Inc.; The Elburn Herald; Genoa Pizza; Harris Golf Carts; Hinds Trucking; J & S Construction; The Chronicle; Metrolift, Inc.; Old Second National Bank; Provena Mercy Medical Center; Sugar Grove Chamber of Commerce & Industry; Sugar Grove Firefighters Assoc.; Sugar Grove Lions Club; Sugar Grove Fire District; Sugar Grove Police Department; Sugar Grove Public Library; Village of Sugar Grove; VisionFriendly.com; Waste Management, Inc.; and WSPY TV/Radio.