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Community gets an earful at 'golden' Corn Roast

Photo Credit: NEWS-TIMES PHOTO: JOHN SCHRAG - Kevin O'Boyle, one of more than a half-dozen volunteers from Forest Grove branch of Wells Fargo Bank, helped hand out the Corn Roast's signature menu item, which was placed that morning from Mike and Debbie's Produce in Cornelius.The Forest Grove/Cornelius Chamber of Commerce brought in 2.7 tons of corn on the cob for the 50th annual Corn Roast Saturday.

It was a day that was golden in practically every way.

All those ears turned out to be the perfect amount, said Howard Sullivan, the chamber’s executive director. While he didn’t have estimated crowd numbers by Monday afternoon, he noted that “the food line began at 1 p.m. and was 30 to 40 yards long until about 4, when it began to die down.”

Volunteers from Jennings McCall, WSC Insurance, SakeOne, Viasystems and Tuality Health lent a hand wherever needed. Even Forest Grove Fire & Rescue, with staff fighting the Scoggins Creek Fire near Hagg Lake, was able to send some folks to assist, said Sullivan.

“There were individuals who help out year after year,” said Sullivan. Photo Credit: NEWS-TIMES PHOTO: JOHN SCHRAG - The pie eating contest at the annual Corn Roast always draws a crowd.

Those volunteers sold about $3,800 worth of food on Saturday and Sullivan garnered about $1,600 in sponsorships and lots of in-kind donations. Proceeds from the event fund a variety of chamber programs.

Photo Credit: NEWS-TIMES PHOTO: JOHN SCHRAG - Olivia Schlag, 9, of Forest Grove, was all smiles as she got her third place winnings in the pie eating contest from Martha Tunall, who is a member of the Forest Grove Kiwanis Club and advisor to the Circle K Club at Pacific University. “It was great to have the Chalk Art Festival on the same day,” Sullivan noted. “People just walked over from that event to Pacific’s beautiful campus,” where the Corn Roast is held each year.

Photo Credit: NEWS-TIMES PHOTO: JOHN SCHRAG - Teresa Kohl, the Community Service Officer for the Forest Grove Police Department, offered some safety tips to Sydney Timm of Forest Grove.In addition to good food, the event featured live music from Matt Brown, bucket rides courtesy of the Forest Grove Light & Power, a safety booth staffed by the Forest Grove Police Department, recognition of the News-Times’ Hometown Heroes — The Dieter-Robinson family and E.J. Baeza — several other activities offered by vendors and the ever-popular pie-eating contest sponsored by the Forest Grove Kiwanis Club.

Photo Credit: NEWS-TIMES PHOTO: JOHN SCHRAG - Frank Johnson had a long line of kids waiting for his whimsical balloon creations.

Photo Credit: NEWS-TIMES PHOTO: JOHN SCHRAG - Diane Morris helped several kids and adults paint stenciled fabric squares that will be used by Friends of Historic Forest Grove to create a quilt honoring the history of the A.T. Smith House.

Photo Credit: NEWS-TIMES PHOTO: JOHN SCHRAG - Matt Brown entertained the Corn Roast crowd with a mix of original songs and familiar favorites. When he's not singing in Forest Grove, he's helping balance the books at City Hall in his role as a senior management analist for the City of Forest Grove.

Photo Credit: NEWS-TIMES PHOTO: JOHN SCHRAG - With many firefighters tending to the Scoggins Creek Fire, Nathan Kinkade, 16, son of Fire Cheif Michael Kinkade, helped staff the corn roasting station.

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