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FFA Corn Dinner, 100th birthday for school district set for Sept. 1

Chino Valley High School agriculture teacher Miles Holder chops the ends off of ears of corn to prepare them for the Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016, Corn Dinner. (Review file photo)

Chino Valley High School agriculture teacher Miles Holder chops the ends off of ears of corn to prepare them for the Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016, Corn Dinner. (Review file photo)

There’s only one place to get all you can eat corn in support of the kids and that’s at this weekend’s 68th annual FFA Corn Dinner.

Held from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1, at Del Rio Elementary School, 1036 N. Road 1 West, following all the Territorial Days events, there will also be a celebration of the Chino Valley Unified School District’s 100 birthday outside the dinner from 4 to 8 p.m.

“The whole school district is getting involved,” said Chino Valley High School agriculture teacher McKinley Gonzales. “There’s going to be a live band, carnival games … just something else to add onto the fun.”

Last year was the first year the corn for the dinner was grown at the high school and it went great, said agriculture teacher Miles Holder. However, this year, it didn’t come in as well as it did last year, meaning some of it will have to be supplemented with corn that will have to be bought, Holder said.

The corn not coming in as well was a combination of a number of factors such as the weather and not enough help, he said.

“It just didn’t get the attention that it needed,” Holder said. “I don’t think we’ll have to supplement that much, I think we’ll have enough of our own, just have some to fall back on.”

Admission in advance is $9 for general admission, $8 for seniors, and $40 for a family up to five people. At the door its $10 for general admission and seniors and $45 for a family up to five people.

Tickets can be purchased at Olsen’s Grain, 344 Highway 89, Warrens Hay-N-More, 2295 Highway 89, Chino Rentals 1181 Highway 89, the Chino Valley Unified School District Office, 650 Center St. and at Mazy’s, 396 W. Road 3 North.

This year, the money from the raffle is staying with the FFA program, Gonzales said. The goal is to raise money so the students can go to the national convention, she said. The school had one team win state so it’s going to be competing nationally this year, Holder said.

Included in this year’s raffle are some interesting items such as two BMX bikes and a lot of gift cards, Gonzales said.

As the 68th annual Corn Dinner, it’s one of the longest running events the town has, Holder said.

“It’s tradition.”