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The Sugar Grove Corn Boil will be hosting its annual summer festival July 23-26, 2020. Our mission is to promote a sense of community, provide local civic and charitable groups with fundraising opportunities, as well as, offer affordable family fun, with our tasty sweet corn as one of the main attractions.
For over fifty years, the Corn Boil festival has been widely attended by not just the residents of Sugar Grove, but by those in the surrounding communities, and even some from a far. Each year the all-volunteer committee is committed to providing the best festival around.
Together We Can Make A Difference
Each year the committee shines a light on a cause that is important in our community. This upcoming year we will be focused on connected issues that are prevalent in our community, mental illness and suicide. Considered one of the nation’s greatest health epidemics by many in the medical field, suicide is one of the top leading causes of death in the United States, especially among young people. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death among all Americans but is the 3rd leading cause of death of Americans aged 10-14 and the second leading cause of death for American aged 15-34.
Suicide, addiction, and depression have a very close and interconnected relationship. More than 90% of people who fall victim to suicide suffer from depression, have a substance abuse disorder, or both. Of all addictions, perhaps none is more likely to result in suicide than opioid addiction. Due to the nature of overdose, it is impossible to know how many of these deaths were actual suicides. There is no age discrimination when it comes to these two mental illnesses and it is prevalent in our surrounding communities. For this coming year, we are working with two nonprofit organizations. The Alison Care Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to overdose and suicide awareness. It is their mission to be a voice for those unable to advocate on their own behalf due to a mental health or substance use disorder, to provide resources & support for families and their loved ones, and to educate families on prevention and coping skills. The other organization we will be working with is Jenna’s Hope a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to stopping the negative stigma of mental illness. Before and during the festival, it is our goal to bring community awareness, assistance, and help to those that are affected by mental illness and suicide.
Bring Fireworks Back!
The Bob Bohler Memorial Fireworks Display at the Sugar Grove Corn Boil is the focal point of our weekend and through the years has provided enjoyment to generations of families and friends.
Please help us bring the fireworks back to the Corn Boil this year and to keep the festival affordable for everyone. The festival is one of the last with FREE Admission in the area. We are asking for your assistance in helping to keep the fireworks tradition alive with any donation. Any donation is greatly appreciated and is tax deductible.
CORN BOIL 5K RUN AND WALK
Run along residential streets of Sugar Grove in this fast, flat 2-lap course. The 3.1 mile USATF certified course (#IL-16014-WR) is electronically timed and features traffic control, splits at 1 and 2 miles, first aid and water stations, and post-race snacks.
Free parking at the Sugar Grove Corn Boil!
Volunteer Park is located in a neighborhood with parking available on village streets.
Please be courteous to our neighbors, ensuring that vehicles do not block any driveways, and obey all “No Parking” signs. We have to maintain enough space for emergency vehicles to be able to access the area.
Guests are welcome to park in specified parking lots and take the Free shuttle service that is available to and from these lots during all the festival hours:
- Sugar Grove Library parking lot located at 125 Municipal Dr.
- Municipal (village hall/police station) center parking lot located at 10 Municipal Dr.
Fun for the kids is the large hay wagon shuttle pulled by a tractor which makes a loop continually during the festivities, dropping off and picking up at two park entrances and the Library. Free golf cart shuttles will also be patrolling the streets to get you comfortably to and from the park.
Senior, Handicapped, and all Veterans are invited to park in the lot directly in front of John Shields Elementary School located at 85 S. Main Street. There will be six Veteran Preferred spaces in the Senior/Handicapped lot.
Motorcycles are welcome to park on the concrete sidewalk and around the flagpole in front of John Shields Elementary School located at 85 S. Main Street. This provides a secure surface for your rides off the asphalt pavement, especially during very hot weather. There are ramped access points to this pavement area.