Sweet Corn Fiesta set for April 24

Posted 4/18/22

The South Florida Sweet Corn Fiesta is scheduled for the last Sunday in April.

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Sweet Corn Fiesta set for April 24

Corn eating contests among both amateur and professional eaters are part of the fun at the Sweet Corn Fiesta.
Corn eating contests among both amateur and professional eaters are part of the fun at the Sweet Corn Fiesta.
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South Florida Sweet Corn Fiesta, presented by the Western Palm Beach County Farm Bureau, celebrates Palm Beach County’s heritage as the “Sweet Corn Capital of the World.” Palm Beach County grows more sweet corn than any other county in the U.S. Local farmers cultivate more than 27,000 acres yearly.

The festival will be held 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Sunday, April 24 at  Yesteryear Village, South Florida Fairgrounds, 9067 Southern Blvd. The Major League Eating contest will be at  3 p.m.

Guests can take advantage of freshly roasted corn at the Sweet Corn Fiesta.
Guests can take advantage of freshly roasted corn at the Sweet Corn Fiesta.

Highlights of this affordable family fun day will include:

• Freshly harvested corn, grown locally and prepared hot and buttery, along with other summertime foods.

• Children’s games and all-day ride wristbands for the Kid Zone.

• Green market, live music and contests in corn shucking and corn eating.

• National Sweet Corn Eating Championship, presented and sanctioned by the International Federation of Competitive Eaters, Inc. (IFOCE). During this demanding competition. Major League Eaters from across the country will challenge themselves by consuming ears of Florida sweet corn for 12 minutes. At last year’s event, Gideon Oji was the grand winner by eating 57 ears, which tied his 2019 winning total. He and the other competitors will attempt to top Carmen Cincotti’s world record of 61.75 ears in 12 minutes. The total prize purse is $6,100: $2,500 for first place, $1,500 for second place, $1000 for third place, $600 for fourth place, $300 for fifth place, and $200 for sixth place. The IFOCE also hosts the Hot Dog Eating Contest in New York on July 4.

Professional eater Gideon Oji shows his style of eating corn during the National Sweet Corn Eating Championship.
Professional eater Gideon Oji shows his style of eating corn during the National Sweet Corn Eating Championship.
Professional eater Gideon Oji was the grand winner of the 2021 National Sweet Corn Eating Championship.
Professional eater Gideon Oji was the grand winner of the 2021 National Sweet Corn Eating Championship.

Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 6-12, and free to kids 5 years old and younger. Parking is free. Proceeds benefit agriculture education/advocacy and Glades area food banks.

Public Information: Call 561-996-0343 or go to www.sweetcornfiesta.com

B-roll from 2021 Sweet Corn Fiesta: www.dropbox.com/s/mxcsuyj5vgv7nss/Sweet%20Corn%20Fiesta%202021.mov?dl=0

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