Janesville festival features free sweet corn, mud volleyball

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Shelly Birkelo
Wednesday, August 14, 2013

JANESVILLE—A new cash raffle and silent auction raffle tent have been added to this year's Rotary Corn Roast and Mud Volleyball event, but the highlights won't change: down-and-dirty fun, plenty of food and family entertainment.

Here are six things you'll need to know about the Saturday, Aug. 17, festival in Janesville's Traxler Park:

1. Mud volleyball. As many as 55 teams will compete for the top trophy starting at 8 a.m. Grab a bleacher seat or bring your favorite blanket or lawn chair and cheer for your team.

2. Food. Get your fill of the all-you-can-eat free sweet corn—25,000 ears—donated by Seneca Foods starting at 10 a.m.

To round out your meal, you can buy a slice of pizza from Mac's Pizza Shack, add an ice cream treat and some deep-fried cheese curds from the Rock County Dairy Promotion Council or gobble a pork sandwich prepared by the Rock County Pork Producers.

3. Kids activities. Children can have fun in the inflatable bounce houses and play a variety of carnival games starting at 10 a.m.

4. Making the Grade. This high school honors awards program will recognize more than 1,500 students who will be sophomores, juniors and seniors this fall at Craig, Parker and Milton high schools. Each student must maintain at least a 3.0 grade-point average.

At the 11 a.m. ceremony, each student will receive a die-cast medallion with the Rotary symbol on one side and Making the Grade on the other side. It can be used as a key tag or put on a letter jacket. Students also will be greeted by their school principals and another school official and will have their names entered into a drawing for a chance to win one of three $250 scholarships and 15 $50 awards.

5. Live music. Three different bands will perform. Jazzguise take the stage at noon, the Manberries at 2:30 p.m. and Boondoggle at 5 p.m.

6. Cash raffle and silent auction. The cash raffle consists of five cash prizes, from $1,500 for first to $100 for fifth. The drawing is at 5 p.m., and winners do not need to be present to win. Tickets are $5 each, three for $10 or nine for $20.

The silent auction raffle includes items donated by businesses that support the corn roast through in-kind products or donations. They will be grouped so attendees can buy tickets and drop them in the bucket of the prize they would like to win.

“In the past, we have always done an in-club raffle leading up to the event, but we decided to bring it to the event this year to reach a broader audience,” said Lynn Wood, event chairwoman.

Proceeds from the corn roast help support Camp Rotamer, Rotary Botanical Gardens, high school scholarships, Badger Boys State, Washington Seminar, a youth exchange program and community grants for local nonprofits, she said.

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