A long-time community favorite returns: the Sweet Corn Serenade

Angie Holland | The HeraldVolunteers prepare sweet corn for roasting Thursday morning.

OSKALOOSA— Downtown in City Square Park of Oskaloosa, Community members came together again this year and celebrated what Iowa is known for – sweet corn – at the Sweet Corn Serenade.

The sweet corn Serenade is a long-time community favorite that is a family festival that features good food, children’s activities and a wide variety of musical entertainers. This has been going on for 32 years.

The square was full of people of all ages walking around, talking to one another, looking at different business tents and of course, eating sweet corn.

Delicious sweet corn fresh-cooked, hamburgers, pie and ice cream were available for a small charge.

Jamie Brown, an Oskaloosa resident said she comes to this event every year and loves it.

Her favorite part of the Sweet Corn Serenade is how the whole community comes together for this event.

When asked how the sweet corn was she said, “I haven’t tried it yet because I don’t like eating sweet corn in front of everybody.”

Molly Walker also an Oskaloosa resident said she also comes to this event every year.

“It is one of my very favorite Oskaloosa main street events,” she said.

When asked what her favorite part about the Sweet Corn Serenade she said, “That’s a very good question. I love coming and gathering with the community and seeing the people you do everyday life with.”

She hasn’t tried the sweet corn yet this year but in the past, she said it has been two thumbs up.

Other visitors to the event said this is always very fun and love seeing and visiting their friends.

They said their favorite part of this event is the food. They agreed that the corn is and has always been very good.

This event was an all-day activity, starting at 10 a.m. and going until 9 p.m.

Starting at 10 a.m. was the boutique shopping that lasted all day. Starting at noon was the crafts and product show along with the food trucks. When the clock struck 4 p.m., people were starting to get hungry and burgers and sweet corn were served. After that, there were activities such as the Marshall County Hangmen, Ohana Pedal Pull, Thankful Thursday in the Alley, Red Rock Threshers. To end this wonderful event was the Oskaloosa City Band Concert.