The 2011 Wyoming Area Chamber of Commerce was another great success. The event, in its ninth year, was held at Thomas Park in Wyoming this past Saturday with fresh sweet corn being the star of the show, but it wasn’t the only thing going on by a long shot.
The day started out with a large group coming together early in the morning to shuck the 1200 ears of corn that the Chamber purchases from local farmers Tom and Cheryl Down, who do a special planting for the event so that it is ready to pick just in time for the Corn Boil. Then the cooking starts with volunteers standing over hot fires and boiling water in the heat of the day getting everything ready to serve. When the food line opened up at noon, there was not only delicious corn, freshly cooked and ready to eat, but the Chamber also does up pork chops, ribeyes, corn dogs, nachos and much more to get the day started with a great lunch. Most of the food for the event is purchased from and with the help of Ron’s Super Valu and Schupbach Streitmatter provided the LP for the grills at no charge. There were also a number of non-profit groups there with items such as sno-cones, root beer floats, sandy candy and more. There were also t-shirts for sale celebrating the 175th year since Wyoming was founded.
The Corn Boil isn’t just about food though, there were a number of games for the kids throughout the day, with the water balloon sling being the most popular, even more so when Chamber member Buzz Melton became the target. A car show for the day didn’t turn out as big as in previous years, possibly because of the hot weather, but it was still popular with those in attendance. Donna and Dennis Haga of Galva won the popular vote award with their orange 1966 Chevy pick-up.
Some new events this year included a minute-to-win-it contest where teams competed in completing various tasks in under a minute. Some of the tasks, like having to move an Oreo stuck to your forehead to your mouth, without the use of hands, seemed pretty hard and messy, but the teams had a lot of fun and in the end won money for the organizations they were representing.
The night culminated with the showing of the movie Rango. And what would a movie in the park at dusk be without popcorn, which the Chamber popped up for everybody’s enjoyment.
It would seem that the 2011 Wyoming Area Chamber of Commerce Corn Boil has once again pleased the people and it would not be possible without the efforts of the entire membership of the Chamber and specifically to the committee that starts planning for the event many months in advance. This year’s committee consisted of Coni Anderson, Mike Chlada, Tawny Hall, Lorie Hartz, Tim Miller, Buzz Melton and Daniel Shockey.