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I don’t know about you, but that 90 degree/70 percent humidity the last few weeks may be good for corn, but it sure is tough on the rest of us.

The Iowa sweet corn is now in full bloom. The stands are up and going, and the corn seems to be flying off the trucks. The early season corn seems to have a lot smaller kernels. The taste is fine — just needs a little volume to it. Hopefully, the warm weather will make the kernels a little fuller. I would guess the nice rain we had this last weekend should help the situation. Get your fill now, it’ll be gone before you know it.

Park fun

This Saturday is the annual McKinley Park Festival. The weatherman promises it will be a beautiful day. The event starts at 3:30 p.m. It is an evening full of fun things to do — fishing contest, skateboarding, talent show and a good old fashion hog roast dinner.

It looks like it should be a beautiful afternoon and evening, so come out and support the park. The auction starts at 6:30 and the kids movie with “Wreck it Ralph” will be at dusk.

Look for the rundown of activities in the newspaper today.

Fairs

The county fairs are coming to an end. Next up will be the Iowa State Fair.

The butter cow section will feature Abe Lincoln this year, with the 100th anniversary of the Lincoln Highway the theme.

There will be 66 items on a stick this year for your eating pleasure! Sixty-seven, if you count the free egg on a stick you get at the ag building. You can even get a frozen smoothie on a stick this year.

Don’t forget to get your discounted tickets (at local grocery stores) before they are all gone.

Tax free

The annual tax-free weekend is approaching. The big back-to-school-shopping event will be Aug. 2 and 3. You get to save the state sales tax along with whatever sale prices are going on that weekend.

Missouri is the only state surrounding Iowa that has a tax-free weekend, so we will get a bunch of out-of-staters crossing the border to take advantage of the deal. I know it is a big boost to the Council Bluffs area where many folks from the Omaha area cross the border to do a little back-to-school shopping.

Football

Believe it or not, the football season is getting ready to hit training camp.

The pro football camps are now open and the college teams start about Aug. 3.

The high school practices will not be far behind with week zero games being played on Aug. 23. Many of the local school systems start around Aug. 19, so the smell of fall is almost in the air!

Burlington

I had a chance last week to visit the town of Burlington. The town on the Mississippi River in the southeast corner of the state is a nice visit.

We ate at a restaurant overlooking the river and all of its glory.

I stayed at the Catfish Bend Resort, which was a nice place. The resort had a large water park and arcade for the kids, plus a casino for the “big kids.”

The Burlington Bee’s baseball team also had a park right next to the resort.

The town is gearing up for all the construction workers who will be coming to town to construct the new fertilizer plant. They expect between 2,000 and 3,000 workers for the project.

Thought for the week: The most beautiful thing in the world is a ballpark filled with people. — Bill Veeck, owner Chicago White Sox

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