PERRYDALE -- Corn lovers will unite on Saturday, Oct. 4, at the 25th annual Perrydale Corn Feed.
From 5 to 8 p.m. in the old gym at the Perrydale School, 7445 Perrydale Road, FFA members will serve up hot dogs, baked potatoes, apple crisp, apple sauce, freshly squeezed apple cider and, of course, many ears of sweet corn.
The students work under FFA Advisor and Agriculture Science Teacher Kirk Hutchinson to pick all of the apples and corn and prepare the cuisine for the event.
"They learn a wide variety of practical skills they can use for the rest of their lives," Hutchinson said.
The apples for the cider were purchased, but apples and corn for the rest of the meal are picked from local farms that donate the produce to the chapter, Hutchinson said.
In addition to learning how to cook, Hutchinson said students must acquire food handlers' cards, learn how to organize the large event, how to sell tickets, and create press releases and fliers to spread the word about the annual event.
Senior Christian Juanillo, Perrydale FFA chapter president, said about 90 students work on the event during agriculture science class time and after school.
Hutchinson said the first corn feed was held at the school after a volleyball match and served about 50 people. He expects 700 to 800 diners this year and said they picked between 3,000 and 4,000 ears of corn so each person can have two or three.
"The day of the corn feed is just crazy busy with serving coffee and being a restaurant," Hutchinson said.
Last year, the group raised about $2,000. The money helps pay student dues and fund events and projects such as Senior Tea, blood drives, Food For All, Pork for People and a tree planting.
Tickets cost $8 for a single adult, $6 for a student, $15 for a couple and $75 for VIP seating of six people. Juanillo said those who desire VIP seating should call and order tickets ahead of time as seating may be crowded at the dinner.
For more information: 503-623-2040.