There will be a meeting Monday night involving members of the Montrose Community Foundation and the Olathe Sweet Corn Festival committee on how best to proceed with staging this year’s festival on August 3rd at the community park in Olathe. Town Clerk Bobbi Sale says the foundation may take over the reigns as financial agent overseeing the event in the wake of the Olathe Town Council’s recent decision that the town couldn’t afford to finance the 22nd annual Olathe Sweet Corn Festival.
Sale says this year’s festival will be scaled down and feature local vendors, local produce, and local entertainment. The event will be so localized, says Sale, that even the Sweet Corn boiled and buttered served during the festival will come from Olathe and won’t be harvested until the morning of the event.
Sale adds that the Sweet Corn Festival is a ticketed event but organizers contain the price of admission for families as much as possible. Each ticket comes with all the buttered sweet corn attendees can consume. Like a corn stalk rising from the ashes, the Olathe Sweet Corn Festival is projected to take place in spite of tight funding, in spite of previous concerns that it might have to be cancelled. Donations for the event can be made to the Montrose Community Foundation and volunteers for the festival are still being sought.