Corn fest

Montgomery Farms Wedding and Events will host the second annual Sweet Corn Festival and Special Abilities Barnyard Bash, which includes a corn eating contest, on Saturday at the facility in Underwood. 

"Turning Opportunity into Action" isn’t just a tagline for Methodology Foundation, it’s a way of life. And this weekend in collaboration with Montgomery Farms Wedding and Events, the opportunity for inclusion is put into action at the second annual Montgomery Farms Sweet Corn Festival and Special Abilities Barnyard Bash, according to a news release from Montgomery Farms.

Wanting to do something good for their community and create a positive impact, the Montgomery family hosted the inaugural Sweet Corn Festival and Special Abilities Barnyard Bash last year, and this year they partnered with the Methodology Foundation of New Albany, to make it an even more inclusive and celebrated event. Methodology Foundation's owner, Jaime Flores, created the foundation with the mission to create an inclusive community where every individual is celebrated for their unique talents, traits and abilities.

The Sweet Corn Festival is a fun festival, with a very good cause. On July 27, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., people from all over Southern Indiana will gather at the farm to partake in a day of festival fun filled with live bands, corn hole competitions, corn eating contests, carnival games, rock climbing, a mechanical bull, inflatable bounce house field, axe throwing, petting zoo, craft vendors, food trucks, beer garden and end the evening with a fireworks display. There is expected to be more than 3,000 people in attendance. The festival proceeds all go to the Special Abilities Barnyard Bash.

While the earlier festival is open to the general public, the Special Abilities Barnyard Bash is specifically designated toward people with disabilities and their families. The event will provide resources from health care providers and nonprofits, including information for parents with unborn children diagnosed with special needs. The event allows individuals who may be sensory sensitive, or require more open spaces and less crowds, to attend a festival where they are accepted for exactly who they are without judgment.

This year the event will feature guest speaker, Mark Hubler and two special dance routines, one from the Down Syndrome of Louisville Boogie Down Crew and one from Lisa’s Dance Studio in Scottsburg. In addition, there will be a petting zoo, carnival games, inflatable bounce houses, free sensory friendly hair-cuts, sensory friendly activities, community resource vendors and much more. This year the event is projected to include 600 people.

Montgomery Farms is located at 1122 E. Radio Tower Road, Underwood. The Sweet Corn Festival is open to the general public, with admission and parking being free. There are charges for rides and other activities, as well food trucks and beer gardens. The Special Abilities Barnyard Bash is free to registered individuals and ticket information can be found at sweetcornfestival.org. Tickets are limited to 600.

For more details about the Sweet Corn Festival and Special Abilities Barnyard Bash visit sweetcornfestival.org. To learn more about Methodology Foundation visit www.methodologyetb.com.