The Camp Verde Cornfest turns 21 this year -- old enough to vote, old enough to drink and old enough to remember the good old days.
And the good old days is what it's all about.
Perhaps the most homespun event in the Verde Valley, the Cornfest celebrates the valley's famous sweet corn, made famous by one woman's request to her husband for some fresh corn on the cob.
That was 40 years ago.
Today, the Hauser family's corn stand on Montezuma Castle Highway is the busiest place in the valley, visited by people from all over the state, looking to grab a dozen ears of sweet earthy goodness.
Twenty-one years ago this month, the town of Camp Verde began celebrating that tradition, and the Cornfest was born.
Friday, July 20, and Saturday, July 21, it will be back in full swing. For the corn purist, Friday's the day to go. From 3 to 10 p.m. there will be at least 50 dozen ears of roasted corn for your gastronomic pleasure, lots of vendors and from 6 p.m. on, music to munch by.
For those seeking more action, plan on Saturday.
Nikki Miller with Camp Verde Productions says the organizers have tried to create an entire day of fun stuff for families. And they have taken into account it will be the middle of July.
"We realize anything can happen, weather-wise, in July. We have tried to get some events together for kids and adults where they can get wet and cool off," Miller says.
There will be birdie golf, courtesy of the folks at Beaver Creek Golf Course. There will be three-legged races, shoe races, a water balloon toss, sack races, water balloon volleyball (???), hog calling, a corny joke contest and a "top shot water blaster contest."
There will also be a hot air balloon tethered to the soccer field for those who might like to get a view of Camp Verde from 80 feet. Several nonprofits will be hosting games of chance and a couple of 3 to 5 year olds will be crowned the Corn Prince and Princess.
Food vendors will offer an assortment of items to accompany the sweet corn. Music will accompany the festivities all day from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
"We just want people to come out and have fun," Miller says. "Last year we went through 300 dozen ears of corn. We'd like to break that record."
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