The Millersport Lions Club is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year and we invite all area residents to stop by and sink their teeth into our hot, buttered, Ohio grown, corn on the cob, August 31 thru September 3 at Historic Lions Park.
Once you and your family have consumed your fill of those delicious golden kernels, take a few minutes to peek around the corner of the famous corn booth to gaze upon an American marvel, our 1948 General Machinery Corp. Corn Husker. One of only two left in the United States.
Fresh sweet corn was husked by hand until this corn husker was acquired in 1963. The antique dual lane corn husker was built by the Food Machinery Corporation, Sprague-Sells Division in Hoopeston, Illinois in 1948. It was purchased by either the Esmeralda Canning Factory or the Winorr Canning Company in Circleville for use on their production line canning cream and kernel corn. The Winorr Canning
Company purchased the Esmeralda plant in 1958 and then it was purchased by the Del Monte Corporation in 1963. Both plants were closed and the contents sold at auction.
The Millersport Lions Club purchased the idle corn husker and transported it from Circleville to its new home in Historic Lions Park where it has been cleaning over 100,000 ears of sweet corn every year to lots of satisfied hungry patrons. Due to age, the management of Star Engineering transported the corn husker to its facilities in New Lexington in 2011 for a long awaited overhaul at their expense after 63 years of operation.
So help us spread the word that there will be lots of corn at the 70th Sweet Corn Festival and it won’t cost a dime more than it did last year for a hot buttered ear of corn. Come see why we are ear-resistible!