Runners, walkers and everyone in between is welcome to take part in the 9th Annual Adel Sweet Corn Festival to be held on August 10.
Race Director Troy Weiland said he is excited to bring the event back again this year.
“We are really looking forward to see people come out and run this fantastic event,” he said. “Plus, the proceeds are going toward a great cause and it’s our way to give back to the community.”
This year race proceeds are going toward the Adel-DeSoto-Minburn School District Scholarship Foundation Fund, which is a non-profit organization to provide financial assistance through scholarships to those graduating from the A-D-M Community High School.
Although the race will essentially be the same as last year, new time chips will be provided along with a television at the finish line stating racers names and times.
“We had some issues last year with timing and had to do it the old fashioned way, so this year it’s going to be much better,” Weiland stated.
Last year, the event brough out 478 participants. Weiland and his committee are hoping over 650 individuals will take part in this year’s event.
He also encourages those to not wait until the last minute to sign up.
“It’s nice having an idea of how many people will be running so we encourage people to sign up early,” he said. “Last year a lot of racers and walkers waited until the last minute to sign up, but in order to guarantee T-shirts we hope people will sign up early.”
The youngest participant signed up is 8-years-old and the oldest at 65-years-old. There are also more females signed up than males, which Weiland said is typical.
Volunteers are also encouraged to help with race day set up and tear down.
“We really need more volunteers for the overall set up and packet pickup,” Weiland said. “We never turn away people who want to help volunteer.”
The event will start at 11th and Court St. at 8 a.m. with the Adel Sweet Corn parade to follow.