Cornstock set for Aug. 7

Cornstock set for Aug. 7 The Woodstock Music and Art Fair in 1969 drew more than 450,000 people to a pasture in Sullivan County, NY. The Cornstock event in years past has attracted about 450 people to the city park in Wakonda.

The music at Woodstock began on Friday afternoon, Aug. 15, 1969 and continued until mid-morning Monday, Aug. 18.

Cornstock is held for one day, this year on Aug. 7. Woodstock has become part of the cultural symbol. Cornstock is synonymous with Wakonda.

Though Woodstock was known for a few broken laws, two deaths and two births, Cornstock is best known as family fun day.

Many well known rock legends performed at Woodstock, such as Arlo Guthrie, Sly and the Family Stone, Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, The Who, and Jimi Hendrix to name a few.

Performers at Cornstock are from some famous and not so famous groups. Although there are many differences and a few similarities, "Cornstock" was dubbed the name of the swimming pool fund raiser in Wakonda. When people look around the outlying area they will notice many fields of corn. Hence, another reason the word "Corn" was incorporated in the name.

Both events were held with the intention of raising money, bringing people together to enjoy the music and entertainment provided for them. This year is no exception as the Wakonda Swimming Pool Committee will incorporate some new activities.

When comparing the looks of the swimming pool and park today from the previous five years, many improvements have occurred.

Additional funds raised will go for park and pool equipment replacement and upgrades. This year new park benches surround the pool. New team benches have been installed and the backstop will be replaced at the baseball diamond. Future projects will include upgrade or replacement of playground equipment. None of this could be possible without the hard work and dedication of the swimming pool committee members, volunteers and citizens of the surrounding communities.

Following is a list of events for "Cornstock 2004."

Refreshment tent opens at noon.

Volleyball Tournament. call Casey Pollman by Aug. 4 to register your team at 267-3030.

Car Show noon to 4 p.m., $1 admission. Call Charlie Logue for more information at 267-2579.

Horseshoe Tournament. Register your team at 12:30 p.m. by the horseshoe pit. Cash prizes will be awarded.

Tug-of-War. Register your team at 11 a.m. by the volleyball court for team weigh in. Contact Brenda Ganschow at 267-2523 for information. $10 team registration. Junior Division 13-17-year-olds 1,000 pound class. Middle Weight Coed Division 18 years and over 1,300 pound class. Heavyweight division 1,600 pound class. Cash prizes will be awarded.

Craft and Food booths open at noon. Contact Julie Nelsen to register at 267-2504.

Children's games, face painting, jump house, mini golf, prizes, treats and swimming races, 1 to 3 p.m.; train rides 1 to 4 p.m. $5 for bracelets.

Musical Entertainment, 3 p.m. to midnight, The Woodys, 2 1/2 Danes, Borderline, Midnight Special, Crystal Bleu.

Barbecue Supper 5 to 7 p.m. (free will donation). Fireworks at dusk.

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