2019 Tekamah sweet corn festival

Tekamah Chamber of Commerce is planning the annual Sweet Corn Festival on Aug. 14.

Because of renovations at City Auditorium, the corn fest will take place on the street north of the Chatterbox. As in the past, the event will feature free sweet corn, live music, and other food options available for purchase. Tekamah Library also is providing root beer floats.

Aug. 14 also is back-to-school night at Tekamah Elementary, so the Chamber is coordinating a supply drive for the school in conjunction with the feed.

Although a lot of the annual celebration remains the same, the corn feed will take on a special new twist.

Chamber officials are planning a Community Day of Giving, co-sponsoring the drive with Tekamah Community Foundation. The foundation will match donations on that day, up to a total of $10,000, for five projects in Tekamah: the food pantry, walking trail, Guy Mytty Wrestling Center, Tekamah Pool and VFW Hall.

Chamber president Cindy Chatt said the five were chosen because they all are community-minded efforts.

Proponents of the walking trail hope to raise enough money to push that project off the drawing board and into reality. The food pantry is raising money to help defray the costs on a move into the old Cottonwood Clinic building at 9th and L streets that will let the pantry expand its services to include a second hand store.

Funds also are being sought to fund Tekamah-Herman Wrestling Club’s plans to build a practice facility. The committee overseeing the swimming pool’s future also is starting to gather repair funds, although a definite course of action has not yet been selected.

Supporters also are looking to raise money to help finance a move of the Tekamah veterans’ meeting hall. If a new home can be identified, the vets would vacate their current building on Main Street, making it available for purchase by the school district. The school already owns the rest of the property on that block south of the vets hall.

Donations can also be given to the foundation in general for those who don’t want to pick a project.

Cargill also is contributing to the effort, Chatt said.