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Corn Boil brings the blues, blue lights to Sugar Grove

SUGAR GROVE – Sugar Grove residents will have the chance to listen to the blues at the 50th annual Sugar Grove Corn Boil from July 27 through 30 while festival organizers hope those same residents help illuminate the town in blue in support of autism awareness and Canopy Adult Services at Rich Harvest Farms.

Canopy Adult Services is a day program for adult individuals on the autism spectrum that incorporates a combination of activities, opportunities and supports.

“This year we’re very excited to partner with Giant Steps’ Canopy program,” said Jackie Link, president of the Sugar Grove Corn Boil. “We’re looking forward to raising awareness and painting the town blue.”

Residents have been asked to visit the Ace Hardware in Sugar Grove to purchase a blue light bulb for $1.99. Once they do so, Owner Mark Driscoll will then donate 99 cents to Giant Steps for each light bulb sold. Ace is also selling special blue light bracelets to wear while attending the Corn Boil.

“We’re going to ask the festival-goers to turn their bracelets on at a certain time,” Link said. “They’ll point them up into the sky, and we’ve got a drone that will fly overhead. So we should be able to make a pretty cool YouTube video of it.”

In addition to raising autism awareness, this year’s festival is truly special since it commemorates 50 years. Throughout the past year, Corn Boil volunteers have been collecting videos, photos and stories to produce a video that will highlight some of the many wonderful memories of an event that dates back to 1967. A presentation will be played during the Corn Boil.

“We’d still love to get more pictures and more stories,” Link said.

Link said to send any videos, photos or stories to the Sugar Grove Corn Boil Facebook page at facebook.com/SugarGroveCornBoil, by mail to P.O. Box 225, Sugar Grove, IL 60554 or call 630-449-7999.

This year’s Corn Boil also could offer more fun than ever before as the event will feature live music on the night of July 27, something it hadn’t done in the past. There will be food and beverages available on July 27 from Genoa's Pizza and Italian Concessions, and the beer tent will be open for business.

“We wanted to do some different things this year since it’s the 50th year,” Link said. “So we’re sharing memories, raising awareness and having the soft opening now on Thursday.”

As in the past, there’s something for all ages to enjoy, including plenty of corn. And, if corn doesn’t fill you up, there will be plenty of food vendors on-hand to please your taste buds.

And there will be some great bands that will please the ears, and not the ones of corn.

The Duke Band plays on July 27; 60 Carat Rock, Woody James and Whiskey Romance will take the stage on July 28; Aurum, Cadillac Groove, Lounge Puppets, Gina Glocksen and Maggic Speaks will perform on July 29; and 4th Point, Annie Young Blues Gospel Band, Mass Anthem and Citizen Way will wrap things up on July 30.

Carnival rides, a 5K run/walk, a car show, arts and crafts, bingo, ice cream eating contests, a water balloon toss and more are some of the featured activities and events.

Finally, the Bob Bohler Memorial Fireworks Show is set for the night of July 29.

Single-day presale tickets for carnival rides are available for $20 while supplies last through 3 p.m. July 27 at Old Second National Bank and First National Bank. Tickets also will be sold at the Corn Boil for $25. The Sugar Grove Corn Boil Committee will donate $5 for each $25 ticket to Giant Steps.

To learn more about the Sugar Grove Corn Boil, visit its website at sugargrovecornboil.org.

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