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Farmers’ Market to host free Sweet Corn Festival

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Fire-roasted ear of corn.

Each visitor to the Drake Neighborhood Farmers’ Market will receive a free, just-roasted, buttery ear of fresh Iowa sweet corn during the market’s annual Sweet Corn Festival from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 21.

The July 21 market also will feature representatives of the Drake University School of Education, who will host a book party where children can choose a free book to take home with them.

The market is open from 4 to 7 p.m. every Wednesday through Sept. 29 in the parking lot of First Christian Church, 2500 University Ave. Free parking is available for shoppers across from the market on the east side of 25th Street.

A health tent, where shoppers can have their blood pressure and blood sugar levels measured for free, is available every week.

Drake University has been a friend of the market since 1997, helping by posting signs at the corners of 31st and University and 25th and Carpenter. Last year, Drake’s School of Education gave away 375 books to children at the market. Members of Drake’s Chemistry Club recently gave an interactive chemistry demonstration for children.

The market is a nonprofit, community project sponsored by First Christian Church, the Drake Neighborhood Association and Drake University.

For more information, call Ginny Gieseke at 515-277-6951 or visit the market’s website.