Olathe Sweet Corn Festival

Just 10 miles north of Montrose is the town of Olathe, which touts it’s self as having the best sweet corn in the country due to annually ideal climatic conditions. What happens when an extremely small town has something like great sweet corn to brag about is an annual sweet corn festival. Here I present to you the annual Olathe Sweet Corn Festival. I got roped into volunteering (which makes it sound like I didn’t want to do it, but truth is I love corn and any excuse to eat sweet corn is fine by me) at the festival through Habitat For Humanity and their involvement in handing out free ears of corn to festival-goers. The had a fleet of the largest custom-built corn roasters I’ve ever seen—perhaps the largest in the country or world. Here are some photos of the corn being roasted and photos of the festival it’s self. The corn was indeed delicious and we went home with 10 ears to make my annual summer corn chowder. I gave a jar of the chowder to our new neighbors Bill and Jane and Jane said it was the best corn chowder she ever had. Maybe it was the chowder, maybe it was the Olathe sweet corn; who’s to know, but it was damn good.

The view of the festival from up on the hill.

The view of the festival from up on the hill.

Loading the hopper on the roaster with fresh ears of Olathe sweet corn.

Loading the hopper on the roaster with fresh ears of Olathe sweet corn.

Corn, and more corn being loaded into the hopper.

Corn, and more corn being loaded into the hopper.

Waiting for corn to fill the bins as it falls from the roaster.

Waiting for corn to fill the bins as it falls from the roaster.