The hundreds of volunteers that donate their time to the Olathe Sweet Corn Festival are part of what keeps the event going year after year, and this year there were more volunteers than ever, “Actually we ran out of spots for volunteers this year because so many wanted to volunteer. We had about 800 people out here volunteering,” says Bobbi Sale who was part of the staff for the festival.
The 800 plus volunteers include people that volunteered at booths to benefit non-profit organizations. The Colorado Registry for Interpreters for the Deaf and Habitat for Humanity were among those using the festival as a fundraiser; and Sale says without their help the event wouldn’t be possible, “If we didn't have them there's no way the tiny town of Olathe would be able to pull off an event this massive.”
While the sweet corn is a big part of the Olathe Sweet Corn Festival, without the volunteers to shuck it we wouldn't be able to enjoy it.