Sun, Dec. 15

Cornfest is family fun at its finest

It has been almost 40 years since Brenda Hauser asked her husband to plant five acres of sweet corn down by the river.

The first few years she sold corn from a small table with an umbrella, and with the belief that she was not the only one in town who loved sweet corn. Customers could pick their own for $.50 a dozen or have it picked for $.75 a dozen.

One could say that her hunch proved true. The five acres grew to 60 acres. The umbrella and picnic table are now a permanent farm stand (if the wind doesn't blow the roof off), and the family's tradition of great sweet corn is known statewide.

Thousands of dozens of sweet corn (that's a best guess estimate) are now sold each year out of the Hauser and Hauser Corn stand on Montezuma Castle Highway.

Seventeen years ago the town decided to celebrate Brenda's hunch-proved-true.

The Cornfest was born.

On Saturday, July 19, from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., the celebration will go off again.

Arts, crafts and food vendors, a farmer's market and plenty of sweet roasted corn will all be on display and up for sale at Camp Verde's downtown Community Center complex.

Center stage will feature bluegrass music and numerous contests for kids of all ages. And someone will wear the crown of Corn King and Corn Queen.

Trophies will be awarded for the best hog callers and corniest joke tellers, along with the fastest corn shuckers and corn eaters.

The Camp Verde Cornfest is family fun at its finest.

Which is no surprise given that the sweet corn tradition remains a family affair for the Hausers.

Brenda and her husband Dick no longer tend the corn patch. Their son Kevin, his wife Claudia and their kids took that over 20 years ago.

Admission to the Cornfest is free.

In conjunction with the Cornfest, for the fifth year in a row, the Golden Cobra Kickboxing Club will also feature kickboxing matches in the gymnasium starting at 6 p.m.

Admission to the kickboxing is $12 for adults, $6 for kids and $25 for a family pass.

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