Corn Daze 2017
Minier 150th Year Celebration August 5th and 6th
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[July 30, 2017]
- This is the year of Minier’s 150th birthday! Come
celebrate this Sesquicentennial event by planning to
come to Minier Corn Daze 2017, which is sponsored by the
Olympia Kiwanis Club. We will enjoy a two-day event on
Saturday and Sunday, August 5-6, 2017. There is
something for everyone, so put these dates on your
calendar now. Contact numbers for all the events are at
the end of this news release.
Saturday’s events begin at 8:00 a.m. at the OLY West Grade School
Park with a 5K Race, followed at 9:15 a.m. with a one-mile Family
Fun Run. Also at the park at 1:30 p.m., there will be Fire
Department Water Fights! At 6:00 p.m., the 2nd Annual Community
Softball Tournament sponsored by the Minier churches (anyone can
participate!) kicks off. If you would like to play, contact Rusty
Richards at firstname.lastname@example.org.
At 11:00 a.m. in the Glenwood Cemetery at George Minier’s gravesite,
there will be a Sesquicentennial Wreath Laying Ceremony by the
“Reverend George Minier”, also known as “Father Minier”. This
character will be brought to life by Jack Thompson.
Also at 11:00 a.m. at Westside Park, (enter from W. Peoria St) there
will be an Antique Tractor Pull. Concessions will be available at
The OLY West School Park is the site where the Sunday events begin
with a Craft and Vendor Show which runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. You
won’t want to miss this! There will be all kinds of great finds
available, from crafts and wares to food items.
Other yummy foods will be served under the Pavilion
at the park. There, you will find all your favorites…lemonade
shake-ups, corn fritters, corn dogs, walking tacos, pork chop
sandwiches, funnel cakes, ice cream treats and more. This is also
where you will find the buttery, delicious, FREE SWEET CORN! It is
cooked on site and served piping hot. What a treat! These food items
will be served from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Community Worship Service (featuring Jack
Thompson as “Father Minier”) will begin at 10:30 a.m. and will be
similar to a service as it would have been during the 1800’s.
History will come to life as you listen to “Father Minier”.
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Starting at 11:00 a.m. and running until 4:00 p.m.,
there will be a Tram Service and Mule Wagon Rides. During this same
time frame, the Cruise In will be clearly visible on the streets
surrounding the park. Come see all the beautiful cars that appear on
this day! As you walk around the park, you will be entertained
throughout the afternoon by various performers from the park stage.
Another highlight in the OLY West Grade School Park area is the
Mini-Rod Pull (garden tractors) beginning at 1:00 p.m.
There will be plenty of activities for the children, too! New this
year will be five inflatable bounce houses (11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.) in
addition to a balloon artist (11 a.m. to 1 p.m.), face painting (8
a.m. to 4 p.m.), ring toss, Reggie Redbird, and pedal tractor races
(Noon sign up / 1 p.m. races).
The 2nd Annual Community Softball Tournament will start up again at
1:00 p.m. at the OLY West Grade School Park ball diamond and will
continue through the Championship game.
Please come and help Minier celebrate it’s 150th birthday! Mark your
calendars for this fun-filled weekend now! You may find updates and
additional information on Facebook: Olympia Kiwanis Club of Illinois
(and be sure to LIKE us!) or at the Minier website: www.minier.com
Contact information for Corn Daze 2017 activities and events
Cruise In: Don Freitag – 309-392-2020
Softball Tournament: Rusty Richards –
Tractor Pull (West Park on Saturday): Jeff Lough – 309-242-6073
Mini Rod Pull (garden tractors – West Park on Sunday) Jeff Lough –
Corn Daze 5K / 1 Mile Family Fun Run on Saturday: Carla Hodgson –