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The Sugar Grove Corn Boil celebrates 50th Year

Jun 06, 2017 10:02AM ● By Neighbors Magazines

A vital reason the Corn Boil takes place each year is to help the community it serves. This year, Thursday, July 27 through Sunday, July 30, marks the 50th anniversary of the Corn Boil. It is important to continue to lend its voice to special causes that affect the community. This year, the Sugar Grove Corn Boil has partnered with Giant Steps, an organization that provides support to individuals and families affected by autism. The Corn Boil will be dedicated to Giant Steps’ Canopy Adult Services Program (CASP) focusing on the needs of adults with autism and providing opportunities that help these individuals interact and engage with others.

Since its inception in 2012, Giant Steps’ CASP has expanded to a second campus in Sugar Grove, through a partnership with philanthropist Jerry Rich. CASP serves as a re-imagined community for adults living with an autism spectrum disorder which offers hope for a safe, fulfilled, purposeful and happy life.

Beginning Thursday night, the Corn Boil committee will show support to Giant Steps and CASP by donating $5 to Giant Steps for every carnival wristband that is sold (excluding pre-sale tickets) during the evening. The price of a wristband is $25.00 and will allow one individual the ability to ride any and all rides during the unlimited ride hours of 5 to 10 pm that night.

For the first time, the Thursday night celebration will also feature live music under the big tent. Food and beverages will be provided by Genoa Pizza and Italian Concessions. The Sugar Grove Volunteer Fire Association will also open the beer tent.

The celebration kicks off Friday, July 28th at 5:00 p.m. with a parade led by CASP participants and staff members and will end in Volunteer Park where the Corn Boil festivities are held. Autism awareness will continue throughout the event.

As the festival takes place, the committee requests all local residents and business owners to help in lighting our town and surrounding communities blue. In the next few weeks, the committee will begin selling blue lite bracelets, that represent the voice of the Sugar Grove community and the Corn Boil. Individual bracelets will be $5.00 and will be available at several local businesses in Sugar Grove including Old Second Bank, First National Bank, 1st Secure Community Bank, Genoa Pizza, Paisano’s Pizza and Grill, Ace Hardware Sugar Grove and at the event. Before the main performer takes the stage, the Sugar Grove committee invites you to participate while wearing the blue bracelet during a special moment. Sugar Grove speaks, let’s continue to bring understanding, awareness, and acceptance to our community and surrounding areas. Amazing things happen when we come together.

The Sugar Grove Corn Boil is a non-profit organization that is run by local volunteers, business owners and community leaders. Each year the committee raises funds for the Corn Boil and after all bills are paid, the committee donates to a variety of community groups. Last year the committee donated to a total of 18 local charities.

The Sugar Grove Corn Boil takes place in Volunteer Park located at 61 Main Street, Sugar Grove, IL. For continued information, please visit the website at or via Facebook at sugargrovecornboil.