Ear to ear in corn at Olathe Sweet Corn Festival

By: Ashley Prchal Email
By: Ashley Prchal Email

OLATHE, Colo. (KKCO) - Gallons of butter and barrels of corns were devoured at the 18th Annual Olathe Sweet Corn Festival.

From ear to ear, festival were munching on corn on the cobb like it was their job. Corn by the truck load was emptied into a roaster, making this year's sweet crop even tastier.

"I just peel it back real nice, hand it to the people and make sure it's hot," says Kristopher McCarty.

With corn free for the taking, no one was shy about grabbing it.

"My daughter has a whole box of handy wipes because I get butter all the way to my elbows," says Levi Brannam, 10th year at festival.

A technique many at the festival are using. In fact, three hours after the opening of the Sweet Corn Festival, four cases of butter were annihilated. Each case has three gallons of butter in it and butter squirters say by the end of Saturday, they're confident they'll go through 16 cases of butter. That's 48 gallons of butter.

"I'm pretty sure at the rate we're going, we're going to use it all," says Shane Brown, the butter guy.

Corn growers like Brent Heinz, with Heniz Farms, say the crop is irresistible this year and it could be the best crop they've ever had.

"I think because of the cooler weather that's hit, it's even sweeter," says Heinz.

John Harold, owner of Tuxedo Corn, has an ear in all the sweet corn in Olathe.

"My responsibility is to get it planted, to get it harvested, to get it cooled and get it shipped," says Harold.

Harold says they're riding the peak of harvest right now and consumers at Kroger grocery stores across the United States, like City Market, are eating it up.

"We're shipping as many as 24,000 boxes a day from Anchorage to Roanoke, Virginia," says Harold.

Harold says the Kroger company increased their corn order by 80,000 boxes this year. A real testament that sweet Olathe corn can't get any sweeter than this.

"It was so good. It was really good," says Mark Bloom and James Vette, festival goers.

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