What do we do? We shuck, shuck, shuck! What you ask is all this shucking about? Let us tell you. Every year the Chillicothe Chamber of Commerce holds the Corn Fest. And as you might guess the main dish is corn! Not just any corn mind you, the most delicious and mouthwatering corn you’ll ever taste.
There are a few steps to making this corn the most amazing you’ll ever experience…shucking. This year there were 220 dozen ears of corn that needed shucked before the festivities could begin. At a very crazy hour on a Saturday morning, 6:30 to be exact, we made our way to Fire Station 1 to begin the de-husking and de-silking of 2,640 ears of corn. Thank goodness our Crew was not alone in the shucking department! Here’s a shout out to fellas from Troop 50! You guys rocked!!
Because the weather hasn’t been so fabulous with this whole no rain deal there were itsy tiny ears of corn. It became a competition to see who could find the smallest ear. It’s really too bad we couldn’t serve these little darlings. It became more of a shuck and release kind of deal.
Now if you have ever shucked corn you know you are bound to find at least one or two little critters in an ear or two. This year was no exception. It was all too funny to hear the gasps of horror, the looks of disgust and shrieks of terror when our little corny friends made an appearance.
Though we had well over 2,000 ears to shuck we made good time and were finished before 10am. Thanks to everyone from the community and to Boy Scout Troop 50 from Mossville who came out to help shuck corn for the Corn Fest. It was another exciting year!