Olathe Sweet Corn Festival back on

GRAND JUNCTION |  The Olathe Sweet Corn Festival, a Colorado fixture for the past two decades, is back on after it was canceled because of budget problems.

Todd Queen, one of the festival’s organizers, tells The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel (http://bit.ly/138Kggn ) several local businesses and individuals donated money or in-kind services when they learned the festival might go under.

The Olathe Town Board decided last month to cancel the festival and focus on essential services.

In past years, the festival drew up to 20,000 people over multiple days, but Olathe officials said the town can’t risk hosting an event that sometimes loses money. Olathe fronted $16,000 to host the festival last year.

This year’s one-day festival Aug. 3 will be a more modest affair but will still feature the corn-eating competition and all-you-can-eat ears of corn.

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