Food and fun for a cause at annual Sweet Corn Festival in Kent

By Jeremy Nobile | staff writer Published:

The sixth annual Kent Lions Club Sweet Corn Festival -- which runs from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Beckwith Orchards, 1617 Lake Rockwell Road, Franklin Township -- offers a variety of family-friendly fun, foods and entertainment for people of all ages.

Event co-chair Fran Hardesty considers it an ideal buffer event between other prominent Portage County festivals like July's Kent Heritage Fest and the Portage County-Randolph Fair that runs Aug. 20-25.

The Sweet Corn Festival offers a wide variety of festival mainstays from hot dogs and sausage sandwiches to peach and apple pies, ice cream, and of course, sweet corn.

A balloon artist will be twisting colorful creations for the kids, while a variety of carnival games and face painting round out entertainment for children.

Beckwith Orchards also offers free trolley rides around the farm, and a collection of craft vendors will have items for sale.

Two musical groups will perform throughout each day over the weekend.

Saturday's bands are a tribute to Willie Nelson and friends followed by Celtic Clan of Kent, who play traditional Irish and Scottish folk music.

Sunday's lineup features folk group Rio Neon and Kerry Kean and the Bee String Band.

All the proceeds from the event go toward supporting Lions Sight Projects that provide eyewear and exams to those who can't afford such services for themselves.

Hardesty estimates the festival has helped raise more than $15,000 for the charitable effort in the past five years.

"Not only does this give the community something to enjoy, but the proceeds help the community receive eye exams and glasses for people who can't arrange to have those done themselves," Hardesty said. "So come on out, have a wonderful time, and help the Lions help other people."

Contact this reporter at 330-298-1126 or jnobile@recordpub.com

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