Realizing that I was getting dangerously close to not posting for, like, a WEEK, I decided to throw this up. I know, I know, these posts make it seem like my life is a glamorous collection of running around from weddings to reunions to festivals willy-nilly, but rest assured that the in-between is soul-crushing boredom and days spent at work, so.
I’m human, just like you. (Lol!)
BUT YEAH, IT’S THE CORN FEST HERE IN GOOD OLD NORTH RIDGEVILLE.
We’re known for 2 things here, and those are:
1. A still-running drive-in movie theater that is really cool, and
Yup. Ridgeville used to be corn-central back in the day, before all these PEOPLE showed up and built developments and crowded schools and grocery stores, or whatever. It still has some corn, but mostly now we just have THE CORN FESTIVAL.
I’d forgotten that I wasn’t even at the Corn Fest LAST year, as it ended right before I got back from Ireland, so I realized I hadn’t yet gotten to regale you with more boring stories of traditions and what I do when I’m not writing! (Aka most of the time.) So here they are!
The Corn Fest isn’t a huge thing, but it’s a good way to hang out with like, everyone else in Ridgeville for a weekend. They close off a block, line the street with vendors, and stick carnival games and rides back behind the library–VOILA. Festival. When I was younger I used to do the rides more, but walking around this year I was made aware that an overwhelming number of the like 15 rides are for children. </3 Just too old now I guess…
I basically save up like $50 in the week leading up, and then proceed to gorge myself silly on carny food for three days. Is it the best way to spend $50? Eh, probably not, but ask me whether I care when I’m chowing down on Dip’n’Dots and a Bloomin’ Onion. (As well as corn, a pork sundae, bucket’o’fries, root beer float, kettle corn, chicken satay, lemonade, elephant ear… Yeah, this post could just be called ‘What I ate at the Corn Fest. Well. It kind of is.)
Also, this year was the first year, because of missing last year, that I got to go to the BEER TENT and drink! Not that I like beer, of course–nasty stuff–but they had some kind of Bud Lite Lime Straw-ber-rita thing that was at least a pretty hefty can for $4, and tasted more like sugary strawberry syrup than beer, so. The only problem with the Beer Tent is that you have to drink your alcohol INSIDE THE TENT, so… it gets kind of boring standing there after awhile. We kept it to one and then moseyed along.
Finally, for the first year ever, I stuck around long enough on the first day to see the FIREWORKS! It’s pretty soon after the 4th of July, but honestly, I just love fireworks. (They’re so pretty…) It was a good time. The ice cream stand I used to work at made Corn-flavored ice cream out of sweet corn the past few years, but I don’t think they did this year. ;( Sadface. It was one of those things you either loved or you hated, and I, in typical me-fashion, LOVED that stuff.
Anyway, the Corn Fest is just one of those things that you go to every year if you can. It’s a North Ridgeville thing. And I’m kind of sentimentally fond of them anyway, since I won their scholarship when I graduated after writing a very nice essay about ‘What the Corn Fest means to me.’ It was touching, really. But the scary thing was, I meant it. No matter where you live, there will be problems. We have plenty of our own. But the Corn Festival is the one time I feel like I live in a community, not just clustered in the same area as a bunch of other people. It’s a nice feeling.
Much love to you guys, and I hope you enjoy your own summer festivals, fairs, etc!
(Speaking of, the County Fair is coming up, so prepare to be bored to death hearing about THAT as well!!)