By Jeremy Wallace
TROY — The first-ever Sweet Corn Festival has been planned at Fulton Farms.
Sweet corn is the second most popular crop at the farm, only topped by their strawberries.
Josh Fulton, grandson to Bill and Joyce Fulton, owners, of Fulton Farms, and Matt Bayman wanted to have an event on the farm with bands, food and entertainment. As the two discussed the idea, they decided to have the event centered around corn because of Fulton Farm’s large supply.
“This is the perfect time of the year to have this festival because most of our crops are coming in right now, especially the corn,” Josh Fulton, co-organizer said. “We will be picking the corn fresh out of the field on the two mornings of the event.”
Along with fresh corn served in a variety of different ways, several local restaurants will be at the event including The Tin Roof and Don LeDoux’s Cajun Specialties. Local vendors will also have homemade ice cream, baked goods and a variety of organic produce.
“We want to keep corn as the main theme of the festival, but we also wanted to incorporate organic and homegrown food and produce,” Matt Bayman, co-organizer said.
The festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 23 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 24 at the Fulton Farms Market, 2393 State Route 202, Troy.
The event will be held behind the Fulton Farm Market and admission is free.
People who want to learn more about Fulton’s organic farming can take a tour of Milan’s Happy Box operation and also pick their own fresh organic produce from fields located directly behind the market. Organic farm tours will be offered at 1 and 3 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday.
The festival is accepting teams for its cornhole tournament and the registration fee is $10, which is due prior to the tournament on Aug. 23, but teams must register their name by Aug. 15. All games will be played on Saturday at the festival. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
“A cornhole tournament was one of the one events we knew we wanted to do so we could keep with our corn theme,” Bayman said.
Another event at the festival will be the corn recipe baking contest. Participants must use corn in some form in their dish. Those interested on participating in the corn recipe baking contest call (937) 524-4276. There is no fee for entering the recipe contest.
“One of our judges for this contest will be my grandma Joyce — and I know she will do a great job,” Fulton said.
Live music will be performed by Rum River Blend, Sugargrove, the Corndrinkers, Scott Oglesbee and the Kittybarn Collective. These performers will offer everything from bluegrass and country music to popular piano tunes and classic rock hits.
“The bands are family-friendly and we hope everyone who attends will enjoy the music at the festival,” Fulton said.
Some of the other things that will be offered is the history of local farming through exhibits and talks presented by the Troy Historical Society and Museum of Troy History. The family area will have a variety of free activities for all ages to enjoy, including a straw maze and straw slide, farm animals, a haystack hunt and face painting.
“We wanted to do something that would appeal to all ages and interests so we invite everyone to come out and enjoy some food and entertainment,” Fulton and Bayman agreed.
Jeremy Wallace can be reached at 937-552-2199 or follow him on Twitter @TroyDailyNews