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Perrydale's All Ears

PERRYDALE -- Perrydale's annual Corn Feed -- held on Oct. 9 -- has become a sure sign of fall around Polk County. Year after year -- 27 to be exact -- members of Perrydale's FFA chapter have served

PERRYDALE -- Perrydale's annual Corn Feed -- held on Oct. 9 -- has become a sure sign of fall around Polk County.

Year after year -- 27 to be exact -- members of Perrydale's FFA chapter have served up autumn favorites like corn on the cob, applesauce, hot dogs and apple crisp to hungry members of the public.

And that's not all. Saturday's event at Perrydale School featured dinner and a show with two corn-eating contests and a coloring contest for the youngsters.

Serving 50 people in its first year, the corn feed has grown, attracting 650 diners last year.

This year, the crowd was somewhat below expectations at around 300 or so, Perrydale FFA Advisor Kirk Hutchinson said. The corn feed raised $1,500 toward paying for the chapter's award-winning community service activities, membership dues and scholarships.

A smaller crowd didn't take away from the sense of community spirit that Perrydale FFA is famous for, however. In all, about 75 FFA members contributed in some fashion to Saturday's event, from picking corn and apples to decorating the old gym and serving hot plates of food to guests.

FFA members worked all week gathering and preparing the food, and in the end made 30 gallons of applesauce, 750 servings of apple crisp and picked around 3,000 ears of corn.

"The kids just did fantastic," Hutchinson said.

Senior Emily Crowe, Perrydale FFA's vice president of community development, said she was involved in just about every aspect of the corn feed.

She said she was sad that it was her last year, but enjoyed being part of the first of many community events Perrydale will host this year.

"I love the corn feed," she said. "I always love getting to serve people and talk to people."

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