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69th annual Corn Dinner set for this weekend

Karen Self and Levi Self shuck corn to prepare them for the Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016 Corn Dinner. The annual event is a fundraiser for the Future Farmers of America chapter at Chino Valley High School. (Review file photo)

Karen Self and Levi Self shuck corn to prepare them for the Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016 Corn Dinner. The annual event is a fundraiser for the Future Farmers of America chapter at Chino Valley High School. (Review file photo)

Shucks, you sure do have a nice set of ears.

Of corn that is.

The 69th annual FFA Corn Dinner is set for Saturday, Aug. 31, and there are two acres of corn currently growing, said Chino Valley High School Agriculture teacher Miles Holder. If it all comes in that will produce about 50,000 ears, he said.

“Hopefully it all comes in. If it doesn’t, we’ll supplement corn from Safeway,” he said. “Last year we fed about 1,300 people, so we’re expecting about the same this year.”

The corn has been growing since the end of May and the beginning of June, Holder said. After it sprouts you have 81 days until harvest, and when it comes to eating it, it’s a bicolored sweet with white and yellow kernels, the super sweet variety, he said.

Held from 3 to 7 p.m. at Del Rio Elementary School, 1036 N. Road 1 West, admission in advance is $9 for general admission, $8 for seniors and $40 for a family up to five. Admission at the door is $10 for general and senior admission and $45 for a family up to five. Advance tickets are available at Chino Rentals, 1181 Highway 89, the Chino Valley Unified School District office, 650 E. Center St., Warren’s Hay n More, 2295 S. Highway 89, Mazy’s 396 W. Road 3 North and Olsen’s Grain in Chino Valley, 344 Highway 89, and Prescott, 711 Elrod Road.

With the event having gone on for nearly seven decades, the idea has been to continue sticking to tradition and grow every year, Holder said. Not only do locals keep coming back year after year but there are also a lot of people from Phoenix who attend along with new faces who say they’ll continue to return, he said, adding it’s the FFA program’s biggest fundraiser of the year.

“All the money we raise goes back into our students, whether that’s helping them with expenses traveling to FFA Events or scholarships we give out of this,” Holder said. “The money really goes to the students.”

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