Sweet corn calls masses to Mills
Corn here! Hot, buttered corn here!
Yes, it's time for that time-honored New York Mills tradition where city and country folks converge on Central Park for an afternoon of free, tasty sweet corn.
The annual Corn Feed and Crazy Days, a community-wide event celebrating the upcoming harvest, takes place this Friday. The Corn Feed, sponsored by the New York Mills Civic & Commerce Association, is 4-7 p.m. at the Central Park shelter.
The sweet corn is picked fresh Friday morning and a full pick-up load is hauled to town, where another group of volunteers gather to shuck in time for the feed's start at 4 p.m.
Prior to the Corn Feed, local merchants will be offering Crazy Days specials throughout the day.
Along with free corn for one and all, food vendors from the community will be selling a variety of goods in Central Park. Vendors include the V.F.W. Ladies Auxiliary selling fry bread; Mills Lanes is grilling burgers, hot dogs, and pork chops on a stick; Trinity Youth Group is selling french fries and Dip'n Dots; Bandwagon is selling turkey sandwiches; and Senior Citizens Center is selling pie and ice cream.
Corn Feed activities
Kids activities in the park include a bounce house, 3-7 p.m. in the park.
Other activities associated with the Corn Feed and Crazy Days are a city-wide garage sale, free swim at the pool from 1-5 p.m., firemen's car wash from 4-7 p.m., and beer sales outside Mills Liquors, 4-7 p.m.
NYM Regional Cultural Center will present its Puppet Pageant at 6 p.m., featuring stories from the Kalevala.
Large-scale puppets will walk Centennial Drive in New York Mills on Aug. 21, at 6 p.m., enacting a drama inspired by the first 10 runes to the Finnish national epic poem, the Kalevala.
Annie Katsura Rollins, puppet-master, is the artistic director for this event. Annie is a former Jerome Foundation artist-in-residence (2008). This year, the production is made possible through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, with funding appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature and by the New York Mills Civic & Commerce Association.