Adel corn fest brings rural joys to suburbanites

Residents of old Adel know the tricks of the Adel Sweet Corn Festival trade.

The 41st annual Adel Sweet Corn Festival opened with a 9:30 a.m. parade Saturday, and by 11 a.m. the grounds around the county courthouse were dense with corn-loving suburbanites, basking in the sun and waiting to fill their plates.

Upwards of 10 tons of sweet corn were consumed by the early afternoon, organizers said.

Along with the Sweet Corn parade, the day-full of activities included a car show, 5K run, games on the lawns and street vendors lining the town square, with the evening bringing the opening of the beer garden and music by the Sons of Gladys Kravitz band.

Adel is the third-fastest-growing town in Dallas County, among towns with fewer than 20,000 residents, according to recently released figures from the U.S. Census Bureau. Many of the town’s newcomers were warmly welcomed to the corn tradition by the representatives of old Adel.


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