I hope everyone had a chance to perfect their corn eating skills Saturday.


I hope everyone had a chance to perfect their corn eating skills Saturday.

Lots of hands prepared the meals Chillicotheans, and visitors, ate.

The Pearce Seniors always put their hands to use each year by shucking the corn.

Then, Chillicothe Chamber of Commerce members help get the food cooking and then assist serving.

The annual event is sponsored by the chamber and proceeds benefit the chamber.

I showed up to help as a board member, and my fellow Kiwanians also assisted.

Luckily, the weather was not as miserable as it can be at the end of July, but for those near the corn cooker, I'm sure it felt like a very hot Illinois day.

The thing I like best about Chillicothe festivals is seeing people you don't see all the time.

For example, fellow Kiwanian Heidi Whitman and I were in the back wrapping up hot dogs and BBQ.

Not only did we have a chance to catch up with each other, we found out Heidi has a new-found talent — she's an excellent wrapper. I don't know if her skills are shown off around Christmas and birthdays, but Heidi may have missed her calling as a wrapper of some sort. Maybe it's just something her kids have enjoyed down through the years.

It seemed each time I poked my head out the door to look into the firehouse, I saw someone else I haven't seen in a while.

Oh, lest I forget, we were all honored to be working with the four-time voted IVC "Super Lunch Lady" Char Otto, who also is a Kiwanian.

If you ate before 1 p.m. or so, you were probably served by Char.

One corn-eating visitor said she packed up the kids, and the puppy, and decided to head over to Chillicothe for the meal.

It was a good time of chatting with people you don't see every day, and that, I think, is why Chillicotheans love an excuse to get together.