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Visitors pay homage to sweet corn at local farm’s festival | Local News

SOMERS — There was no shortage of corn nor the ways visitors could enjoy it at a local festival that pays tribute to the luscious golden and white grain on Sunday.

And, while Jerry Smith’s Pumpkin Farm on highways L and EA is known for the bright orange squash, the annual two-day Sweet Corn Fest held over the weekend also celebrated the dog days with many activities on grounds that were surrounded with fields brimming with tall summer stalks.

For Jennifer and Michael Kopp, of Mount Pleasant, coming to festival offered their twin boys, Grayson and Gunnar, 2, many way to release their energy at the large “bouncing pillow,” large tractors and a petting zoo where they fed goats. The twins’ little brother Ryker, 8 months, slept nearby, next to their grandmother.

“We first came here last year, and now it’s a tradition,” said Jennifer who climbed into the tractor with her boys, pretending to drive it.

“It’s a great time for the family,” said Michael, who grew up in Kenosha going to the pumpkin farm.

Jill Patterson, of Lake Villa, Ill., brought her boys Donald, 5, and Leo, 10, to the festival for the first time on the advice of a friend who went last year and told them about all the fun they could have.

“It’s great. We were driving and the kids saw it and they were so excited. And, we love sweet corn,” said Patterson as she watched Donald bounce around with 30 other kids. “He is loving it. We love the tractors and all that stuff, too.”

Patterson said she really wanted to go on a camel ride, one of the many offered at the festival, along with the pony rides and the traditional hay and tractor rides. “I don’t think I can pass that up,” she said.

Yesnia Marin, of Kenosha, snapped pictures of her daughter, Anally Garcia, 7, with her grandfather on a gigantic harvesting tractor.

Her daughter gravitates to tractors, said…

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