Market hosts corn contest
Corn on the cob is on the menu this Saturday at the Nicola Valley Farmers’ Market.
For the second year in a row, locals are invited to compete and eat to their hearts’ delight at the farmers’ market Corn Eatin’ Contest, which will start at 11 a.m. sharp on Sept. 17.
Nicola Valley Farmers’ Market president Lucas Handley says the rules of the contest are simple: Eat, and eat fast.
“Contestants will be given six cobs of corn each and whoever eats the corn the fastest wins,” he said.
People of all ages are invited to try their hand at chomping on some corn and contestants will be giving some prep time to butter and salt their corn to their liking.
Those who don’t have the stomach or the jaws for a speed eating contest are welcome to cheer for those who do and sponsor their favourite competitor, said Handley.
This year, all proceeds raised will go towards Angel’s Animal Rescue Society in memory of George Poulton who passed away last Saturday. Poulton’s partner Millie Mitchell is a regular vendor at the farmers’ market and runs the Grandma’s Kitchen booth.
“George accompanied her to every farmers’ market that he could and he was often seen running back and forth between their home and the market, with more baking for Millie to sell,” said Handley.
“George was a delightful face to see and a great personality to have at our farmers’ market — he will be sorely missed by all of us.”
As there will be no service held for Poulton, Mitchell has asked that in lieu of flowers people make a donation to Angel’s Animal Rescue Society.
“We will also be inviting anyone who wishes to share a fond memory of George to come up in between heats and share it with everyone,” said Handley.
The Corn Eatin’ Contest is being held as a part of the Nicola Valley Farmers’ Market’s ongoing Family Fun Days series. Corn for the contest is being donated by vendor Sean Mcintyre of Nicola Valley Sweet Corn and anyone wanting to participate is encouraged to register in advance by calling 250-378-2124.
The farmers’ market runs every Sat. until Oct. 8 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot behind the Royal Bank.