According to newspaper records, the first corn boiling was held in 1977 when R. L. Grogan, Grady Road, hosted the event on his front lawn. It was later moved to the grounds of what is now Polk-Haralson Christian Life Center and was sponsored as a fundraiser for Antioch Fire Department.
Records reveal the last Antioch Corn Boiling was held in 1997. Since that time, no group or individual has expressed an interest in bringing it back to the community.
This year, Bobbie Grogan and her husband Ryan have stirred interest in a rebirth of the mid-county activity. Ryan is the grandson of R.L. Grogan.
Lassiter Propane donated a 500-gallon propane tank to be used in boiling the 3,000 ears of corn, which will be purchased at the farmer’s market. Ryan, Steve Crook and Doyce Vinson are organizing this event.
All proceeds will be donated and used for repairs, financial support and assistance at Camp Antioch (Christian Life Center).
Boiling begins at 10 a.m. with the first ears available at 11:30 a.m. or noon. Ears will be served until the supply is deleted.
A $1 donation will purchase two ears. Reports from the past indicate there was a continued financial loss for the sponsors who did not charge for the boiled corn.
Bobbie recalled attending an earlier event with her grandmother Lorene Wright.
“She would cook for a week every year to prepare for the festival and served in the concession stand,” she said. “Butch Thompson once told me she was an inspiration to everyone who knew her. She never let the weather keep her from participating.”
Two new events – Little Miss Silver Queen Beauty Contest and horseshoe tournament - will be featured at the 2010 Antioch Corn Boiling, scheduled from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
The Little Miss beauty contest will be open to girls, ages up to 18. Four age categories will be judged and winners will be announced at noon.
Nick Morris will direct the horseshoe tournament, which is one of the competitive events.
The traditional Male Beauty Contest will begin at noon and winners will be announced around 3 p.m. The winner will be the participant that has the largest amount of money placed in his purse.
“Charles Carter, my husband’s grandfather, once won the contest,” Bobbie said. “His prize was a bouquet of weeds.”
Live entertainment will begin with clogging at 10 a.m. followed by the Ballet Garden Dance Recital at 10:30 a.m. with a presentation by The Barkers at 11 a.m.
A corn eating and watermelon cutting will be held at 1 p.m. and Heirborn Quartet will perform at 2 p.m. Jason Horn will be on stage at 4 p.m. and Tiny Van Kleef and Marlys at 5 p.m.
Southern Thunder will perform at 7 p.m., Bibb City Ramblers at 8 and Colt Chambers, 9 p.m.
A variety of arts and crafts, homemade jams, jelly and tomato relish and concessions will be available.
Bar-L BBQ and Pizza Farm and other providers will be on site.
Educational demonstrations will be presented, including one by Randy Grogan. He will show the public how rough-hewn lumber is cut at a sawmill.
Fun activities for children will be provided by Totally Pumped Inflatables and Tony Montgomery will direct a watermelon seed-spitting contest.
According to Bobbie, plans are to have a jail where an individual can pay $10 for a warrant to get someone in the crowd arrested. They will be freed for a small donation.
Redmond EMS will sponsor games for children and provide a first aid tent.
Parking will be available and contacts are being made to have law enforcement officers on site.
For more information, call 770-748-6681.