Storm delays events

By Wendy Arquilla

Rain, Rain go away.

This seemed to be the wish of many Corn Fest vendors and attendees Sunday morning as heavy rain fell on DeKalb. But the rain did not dampen the spirits of the festival weekend.

According to festival participants, Saturday was a great day for everyone at Corn Fest.

Crissy Dores, a sophomore elementary education major, helped sell official Corn Fest T-shirts at the event.

“This is the first year I’ve ever been to a Corn Fest, and I’ve found it to be really fun and interesting. The crowds seem to have a great time,” she said.

Dores said the rain delayed the opening of the T-shirt booth. “There was no one here (Sunday) morning when it poured, but the crowds came as soon as the rain ended.”

However, there were fewer vendors and people attending Sunday’s festivities than the festivities on Saturday. But many were not deterred by the rainfall.

“I was going to come to Corn Fest whether it rained or not. I actually think Corn Fest is better this year than it was last year,” said Tracy Ratcliff, a NIU sophomore.

Alex Skoczynski, maintenance director for EHS Nursing Home in DeKalb, said it was the first time EHS had participated in Corn Fest. However, they were prepared for any kind of weather.

“I was here at 8 am., setting up to cook the food and putting up the cover over the stand. We just hung in here till the rain stopped,” he said.

The Kishwaukee Kiwanis Organization waited out the rain as well to sell one of the key elements of the festival—corn. “The crowds are smaller than in years past, we’ve had a slow steady line instead of the long lines of past festivals,” said Jay Schneider, co-chair of the Kishwaukee Kiwanis.

However, he said this year would be yet another sellout for the Kiwanis as it has been in years past.

“We are still selling a lot even though the crowds are smaller this year,” he said.