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Peggy Zabicki

Peggy Zabicki

Was good to get away to Corn Fest

By Peggy Zabicki

Your correspondent in West Lawn

3633 W. 60th Place • (773) 504-9327

I hope everyone had a nice Labor Day. The Annual Corn Festival in Hoopeston, Ill. took place over Labor Day weekend. Ro and I like to go to this fun fest. It’s about two and a half hours south of here.

There is free corn, lots and lots of incredibly delicious foods, a tractor pull, demolition derby, Miss Hoopeston Beauty Contest, free corn, music, a pie eating contest, pretty baby contest, bingo, corn hole tournament, a fishing contest, a beer garden, free corn, a ponytail contest–and did I mention free corn?

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Peggy Zabicki

My cousin, Maggie, and her husband drive their food truck to Hoopeston every year for the Corn Fest. She sells her own homemade cinnamon rolls, which are the best I have ever eaten. These gigantic confections are dripping with icing and loaded with cinnamon. You need a knife and fork to eat them. The rolls are so big you could probably use one as a weapon by throwing it at a person. Not that you would want to. The cinnamon rolls are just too delish!

There is also a big stage with lots of bands and musical entertainment. Especially popular is the band, Dr. Ashton and the Root Canals.

Anyhoo, we sure have a lot of fun at the Hoopeston Corn Fest every year. It’s good to get away. Did I mention the free corn?

There is a festival going on right now in our own neighborhood. St. Nicholas of Tolentine Parish is having their Fall Carnival at 62nd and Lawndale from Thursday, Sept. 9 through Sunday, Sept. 12. Hours are 5 to 10:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, noon to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, and 1 to 10 p.m. Sunday. There are rides, games, food and fun for the whole family.

Midway Baseball Association has fall baseball games every Saturday. Games are played at Madigan Park (4701 W. Marquette Road). Visit midway-baseball.com to sign up for informational text messages from them. Or just go to Madigan Park on any Saturday in September and October to enjoy a game. There are baseball games all day–mornings, afternoons and early evenings.

The next CAPS Beat 823 meeting will take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 15. I was told that the meeting will either be in person at the Chicago Lawn (8th) District police station, 3420 W. 63rd St., or online. If you would like to attend, call the CAPS office at (312) 747-8724 for more information.

West Lawn Park is now open once again for a variety of activities. There are classes for toddlers through teens in everything from tumbling to seasonal sports, floor hockey, dodgeball and more. For those 18 years and up, West Lawn offers volleyball, weight training, yoga and a walking club. On Tuesdays at 7 p.m., the senior stretch class is back in session. I suggest visiting West Lawn Park, 4233 W. 65th St., in person to get a schedule and to sign up for classes. Here is their number if you need to call: (773) 284-2803.

The Clearing American Legion Post 600, 4352 W. 63rd St., is having a rummage sale from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 25. For more information or to secure a sales table, call (773) 767-0230.

The Calvary Lutheran Church Seniors, 6149 S. Kenneth, will be having their next lunch meeting at noon Tuesday, Sept. 21. Bring a sandwich. Coffee and dessert will be provided. Bring a little cash for bingo. Prepare to have lots of fun. Call Elaine at (773) 424-3031 for more information.

The Calvary Seniors would like to wish a very happy birthday to Terry. May the dear Lord bless you.

Thank you for reading my column. Call or text me with any news you’d like to share.

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