OLATHE – The slogan for the 2013 Olathe Sweet Corn fest, now in its 22nd year, and scheduled for Saturday is “Back to our Roots” and is meant to serve as a reminder the festival celebrates local agriculture.
In early June town officials voted to suspend the festival stating the decision was "absolutely financial." Days later a small volunteer committee of merchants, citizens and other civic leaders under the direction of the Montrose Community Foundation began efforts to save the festival.
The town of Olathe solely finances the festival and in recent years debated continuing the celebration due to rising costs and lack of profit during the economic downturn.
The Olathe Sweet Corn Festival Committee targeted Aug. 3 for the festival where tickets for adults are just $5 and kids 12-and-under are $3. Gates open at 9 a.m. and will close at 7:30 p.m.
This year , organizers said the event will feature “homegrown” talent from all over the Western Slope including local music groups. The festival will feature its’ annual corn eating contest along with a corny joke contest, corn relay race, corn hole, and more.
The festival can be found at olathesweetcornfest.com.