As summer comes to a close, the harvest season rolls in bringing fall-themed festivals and pumpkin-spiced lattes.
As part of the harvest season, the Kentucky School for the Deaf (KSD) hosted its second annual Sweet Corn Festival Oct. 6 with games like bobbing for apples, hay bale rolling, corn shucking and a corn eating contest.
“This is our second Sweet Corn Festival, but this one is special because this is the first time in 42 years that there has been sweet corn grown here at KSD,” said Toyah Robey, principal of KSD. “It is so special to be a part of this campus and to have 23 acres dedicated to being a farm, not many schools get that chance.”
Robey said KSD has one of only two deaf FFA chapters in the country, with 23 acres of the school’s property dedicated to projects for the chapter.
“The students work so hard, and they worked so hard putting this event on,” she said. “Everything happening here today, the students planned.”
Members of the community were invited to the school for the festival, where they could pay to pick ears of sweet corn off the stalk.
“Getting it fresh!” said James “Knobby” Pitman, a resident of Danville who emerged from the cornfield carrying an armful of corn.
Two students in particular were honored for their hard work in planning the festival.
Mikeyla Crumble, a 9th-grader, and Jesse Rice, a 10th-grader, were named the queen and king of the sweet corn festival. Afterward, Rice was approached by his friend Micah Tucker, a 7th-grader, who asked Rice how he had become king.
“I work really hard planning this,” said Rice. “It was a lot of work and time.”
“That’s what I want to do,” said Tucker. “I want to be the Sweet Corn King.”
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