Morrow County Sweet Corn Festival draws record crowd


Story and photos by Alberta Stojkovic - For the Morrow County Sentinel



54 Classic cars and trucks drove in for the car show at the Sweetcorn Festival despite the humidity and heat that promised another thunderstorm.


15 Contestants vied for the Queen, Princess and Junior Princess Crowns. In back (from left) are: Grace Meier, Kylie Irwin, Emarah Miller, Queen Bryna Chandler, Princess Emily Hanft, Madalynn Morrison, Reanna Swain, Zoey Nichols and Katarina Burns. In front are: Kate Kelty, Jr., Princess Camri Bartlett, Brooklynn Davis, Megan Decker, Jillian West-Johnston and Hallie Price.


Here Abram Colgrove dead lifts for 435 lbs. Colgrove won first place in the Strong Man Contest and came in third in the Men’s dead lift competition.


Ladies’ Choice Trophy winner Marion Newman poses with his wife Barbara (Jordan) Newman. The Newmans now live in Bowling Green, OH. Marion is one of the original members of the Angel Wheels Auto Club in Mount Gilead in the 1950’s.


The 2015 Morrow County Sweet Corn Queen is Bryna Chandler. Emily Hanft was named Sweet Corn Princess and Camri Bartlett is Junior Princess.


Sam Wolf and participants of Wolf Pak Martial Arts after their show Saturday afternoon.


Mount Gilead Middle School Cheerleaders showed lots of spirit despite the heat and humidity Saturday. Shown are Emily Hanft, Emarah Miller, Ava Green. Makayla Nichols, Sarah Cooper Emily Yocco, Taylor Tyler and Selia Shipman. Coach is Amanda Briggs.


Larry Strong came with his grandson, Austin Strong. They stand beside Larry’s 1979 Camero. Larry hopes that Austin will catch some of his interest in vintage cars.


Phil Lyons of Mount Gilead with his 1966 Chevelle. It’s the first car Phil bought and the one he’s had the longest. It has just over 100,000 miles and he’s had it 41 years. He’s done all the engine and other work on it except the painting.


Bob and Lucille Melfee won a Favorite Four Trophy with their 1960 Dodge Dart. Here Bob receives his trophy from Queen Bryna Chandler.


Here, Princess Emily Hanft presents Clifton Bay the People’s Choice award for his ‘70 GMC pickup truck.


Buddy Salyer accepts a Favorite Four Trophy from Queen Bryna Chandler.


Bonnie Brannon displays her Favorite Four trophy beside her ‘63 TBird with her husband Jerry Brannon who does most of the work on the car. He said it is 98 percent original. Just had to get a new carburetor last year.


Three generations enjoying the show are Margie Chilcote, her grand daughter Brooklynn Davis and Brooklynn’s mom Melissa Chilcote.


The 2015 Morrow County Sweet Corn Queen is Bryna Chandler. Emily Hanft was named Sweet Corn Princess and Camri Bartlett is Junior Princess.


It was a ‘standing room only’ crowd at the Sweetcorn Festival Queen and Princess contest held at Seniors on Center Friday night.


Mount Gilead downtown streets were filled to overflowing with crowds on both Friday night and all day Saturday for the Sweet Corn Festival. People came to check out the vintage cars, enjoy a chicken dinner, or watch the Strong Man contest despite heavy humidity Friday and muggy heat on Saturday.

54 vintage cars came in for the 6th Annual Chamber Car show Friday evening. Showers poured down all day until about 3 p.m. on Friday and Chamber Director Cathy Francis was concerned that the weather would keep people away. The rain held off for the evening and heat and humidity didn’t discourage car enthusiasts who came out in record numbers.

Special guests at Friday night’s car show were Angel Wheels Auto Club members. They’re a group of men who came together more than 50 years ago due to their love of automobiles. One of Angel Wheels original members, Marion Newman received both the “Ladies Choice” trophy and a “Favorite Four” trophy.

Newman formerly worked at the Marathon Station that was on North Main St. in Mount Gilead and now lives in Bowling Green, Ohio where he owned a Marathon Station there.

While judges were choosing the car trophy winners, the Sweet Corn Princess and Queen Contestants were performing the talent portion of the pageant. They danced, sang and played the piano at Seniors on Center for a crowd with standing room only.

Bryna Chandler sang and was chosen Sweet Corn Queen by the judges. Camri Bartlett performed a graceful freestyle dance and was named Junior Princess. Emily Hanft twirled baton for her talent and won the Princess title.

Corn shuckers gathered for the Corn Shucking contest at 6:30 while people strolled along Main Street looking at cars and stopping in at businesses or enjoying the Pork BBQ Dinner served by Cornerstone Restaurant.

The Knights of Columbus Beer Garden was open throughout the evening while the band Parental Guidance entertained on the main stage. Main Stage Sponsors for the weekend were Lubrication Specialties, Inc. (LSI), Morrow County Hospital and Marion Technical College.

Seniors on Center served a Pancake Breakfast Saturday morning while the Morrow County Community Center held a rowing contest. “Kids and Critters Parade lined up on Center Street and the Junior Pedal Tractor Pull was held at 10 a.m.

The new Morrow County Historical Museum on the Square was open all weekend and provided guided tours. The Rum Rill Pottery Room has been completed with charming displays of the pottery made in Mount Gilead from the 1800’s through 1941.

Saturday afternoon entertainment continued with Mount Gilead Cheerleaders, The Douce Dance Studio, a Tai Chi demonstration with Morrow County Community Center instructors and and many vendors on Main St. Maria Castricone of Buckeye Training and Fitness Academy said that the Strong Man and Woman Contest has grown every year since they started sponsoring it three years ago. This is the first year for the kids’ contest, which was very popular.

The Corn Eating contest closed the festival activities Saturday and Steel Creek Band wrapped up the evening with many favorite tunes. See a short video of the corn eating contest here.

Alberta Stojkovic is a correspondent with the Morrow County Sentinel and can be reached at alberta_s16@hotmail.com.

54 Classic cars and trucks drove in for the car show at the Sweetcorn Festival despite the humidity and heat that promised another thunderstorm.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/29/2015/07/web1_DSCN6972.jpg54 Classic cars and trucks drove in for the car show at the Sweetcorn Festival despite the humidity and heat that promised another thunderstorm.

15 Contestants vied for the Queen, Princess and Junior Princess Crowns. In back (from left) are: Grace Meier, Kylie Irwin, Emarah Miller, Queen Bryna Chandler, Princess Emily Hanft, Madalynn Morrison, Reanna Swain, Zoey Nichols and Katarina Burns. In front are: Kate Kelty, Jr., Princess Camri Bartlett, Brooklynn Davis, Megan Decker, Jillian West-Johnston and Hallie Price.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/29/2015/07/web1_DSCN7060.jpg15 Contestants vied for the Queen, Princess and Junior Princess Crowns. In back (from left) are: Grace Meier, Kylie Irwin, Emarah Miller, Queen Bryna Chandler, Princess Emily Hanft, Madalynn Morrison, Reanna Swain, Zoey Nichols and Katarina Burns. In front are: Kate Kelty, Jr., Princess Camri Bartlett, Brooklynn Davis, Megan Decker, Jillian West-Johnston and Hallie Price.

Here Abram Colgrove dead lifts for 435 lbs. Colgrove won first place in the Strong Man Contest and came in third in the Men’s dead lift competition.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/29/2015/07/web1_DSCN7133.jpgHere Abram Colgrove dead lifts for 435 lbs. Colgrove won first place in the Strong Man Contest and came in third in the Men’s dead lift competition.

Ladies’ Choice Trophy winner Marion Newman poses with his wife Barbara (Jordan) Newman. The Newmans now live in Bowling Green, OH. Marion is one of the original members of the Angel Wheels Auto Club in Mount Gilead in the 1950’s.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/29/2015/07/web1_DSCN7081.jpgLadies’ Choice Trophy winner Marion Newman poses with his wife Barbara (Jordan) Newman. The Newmans now live in Bowling Green, OH. Marion is one of the original members of the Angel Wheels Auto Club in Mount Gilead in the 1950’s.

The 2015 Morrow County Sweet Corn Queen is Bryna Chandler. Emily Hanft was named Sweet Corn Princess and Camri Bartlett is Junior Princess.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/29/2015/07/web1_DSCN7059.jpgThe 2015 Morrow County Sweet Corn Queen is Bryna Chandler. Emily Hanft was named Sweet Corn Princess and Camri Bartlett is Junior Princess.

Sam Wolf and participants of Wolf Pak Martial Arts after their show Saturday afternoon.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/29/2015/07/web1_DSCN7090.jpgSam Wolf and participants of Wolf Pak Martial Arts after their show Saturday afternoon.

Mount Gilead Middle School Cheerleaders showed lots of spirit despite the heat and humidity Saturday. Shown are Emily Hanft, Emarah Miller, Ava Green. Makayla Nichols, Sarah Cooper Emily Yocco, Taylor Tyler and Selia Shipman. Coach is Amanda Briggs.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/29/2015/07/web1_DSCN7119.jpgMount Gilead Middle School Cheerleaders showed lots of spirit despite the heat and humidity Saturday. Shown are Emily Hanft, Emarah Miller, Ava Green. Makayla Nichols, Sarah Cooper Emily Yocco, Taylor Tyler and Selia Shipman. Coach is Amanda Briggs.

Larry Strong came with his grandson, Austin Strong. They stand beside Larry’s 1979 Camero. Larry hopes that Austin will catch some of his interest in vintage cars.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/29/2015/07/web1_DSCN6977.jpgLarry Strong came with his grandson, Austin Strong. They stand beside Larry’s 1979 Camero. Larry hopes that Austin will catch some of his interest in vintage cars.

Phil Lyons of Mount Gilead with his 1966 Chevelle. It’s the first car Phil bought and the one he’s had the longest. It has just over 100,000 miles and he’s had it 41 years. He’s done all the engine and other work on it except the painting.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/29/2015/07/web1_DSCN7066.jpgPhil Lyons of Mount Gilead with his 1966 Chevelle. It’s the first car Phil bought and the one he’s had the longest. It has just over 100,000 miles and he’s had it 41 years. He’s done all the engine and other work on it except the painting.

Bob and Lucille Melfee won a Favorite Four Trophy with their 1960 Dodge Dart. Here Bob receives his trophy from Queen Bryna Chandler.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/29/2015/07/web1_DSCN7072.jpgBob and Lucille Melfee won a Favorite Four Trophy with their 1960 Dodge Dart. Here Bob receives his trophy from Queen Bryna Chandler.

Here, Princess Emily Hanft presents Clifton Bay the People’s Choice award for his ‘70 GMC pickup truck.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/29/2015/07/web1_DSCN7074.jpgHere, Princess Emily Hanft presents Clifton Bay the People’s Choice award for his ‘70 GMC pickup truck.

Buddy Salyer accepts a Favorite Four Trophy from Queen Bryna Chandler.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/29/2015/07/web1_DSCN7077.jpgBuddy Salyer accepts a Favorite Four Trophy from Queen Bryna Chandler.

Bonnie Brannon displays her Favorite Four trophy beside her ‘63 TBird with her husband Jerry Brannon who does most of the work on the car. He said it is 98 percent original. Just had to get a new carburetor last year.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/29/2015/07/web1_DSCN7085.jpgBonnie Brannon displays her Favorite Four trophy beside her ‘63 TBird with her husband Jerry Brannon who does most of the work on the car. He said it is 98 percent original. Just had to get a new carburetor last year.

Three generations enjoying the show are Margie Chilcote, her grand daughter Brooklynn Davis and Brooklynn’s mom Melissa Chilcote.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/29/2015/07/web1_DSCN6981.jpgThree generations enjoying the show are Margie Chilcote, her grand daughter Brooklynn Davis and Brooklynn’s mom Melissa Chilcote.

The 2015 Morrow County Sweet Corn Queen is Bryna Chandler. Emily Hanft was named Sweet Corn Princess and Camri Bartlett is Junior Princess.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/29/2015/07/web1_DSCN7080.jpgThe 2015 Morrow County Sweet Corn Queen is Bryna Chandler. Emily Hanft was named Sweet Corn Princess and Camri Bartlett is Junior Princess.

It was a ‘standing room only’ crowd at the Sweetcorn Festival Queen and Princess contest held at Seniors on Center Friday night.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/29/2015/07/web1_DSCN6978.jpgIt was a ‘standing room only’ crowd at the Sweetcorn Festival Queen and Princess contest held at Seniors on Center Friday night.

Story and photos by Alberta Stojkovic

For the Morrow County Sentinel