EVENTS – Palm Beach Florida Weekly

Corn eating contests between amateurs and professionals are part of the fun of the Sweet Corn Fiesta.

Oh damn! Fiesta celebrates sweet corn

It offers more than a pleasure core.

The South Florida Sweet Corn Fiesta, scheduled for 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 24.

Brought to you by the Western Palm Beach County Farm Bureau, Sweet Corn Fiesta celebrates Palm Beach County’s heritage as the “Sweet Corn Capital of the World.” Palm Beach County produces more sweet corn than any other county in the United States. Local farmers cultivate over 27,000 acres per year.

Highlights include:

¦ Freshly harvested corn, locally grown and cooked hot and buttered, plus other summer foods.

¦ Children’s games and all-day walking wristbands for the Kid Zone

¦ Green market, live music and corn peeling and eating contest.

¦ The National Sweet Corn Eating Championship, scheduled for 3 p.m., is presented and sanctioned by the International Federation of Competitive Eaters Inc. Major league eaters across the country will challenge themselves by consuming candy corn cobs from Florida for 12 minutes. At last year’s event, Gideon Oji was the big winner by eating 57 ears, which equaled his winning total in 2019. He and the other contestants will try to break Carmen Cincotti’s world record of 61.75 ears in 12 minutes. The total scholarship is $6,100. 1st – $2,500, 2nd – $1,500, 3rd – $1,000, 4th – $600, 5th – $300, 6th – $200. IFOCE is also hosting the Hot Dog Eating Contest in New York on July 4th.

Professional eater Gideon Oji was the overall winner of the 2021 National Sweet Corn Eating Championship. COURTESY PHOTOS

Professional eater Gideon Oji was the overall winner of the 2021 National Sweet Corn Eating Championship. COURTESY PHOTOS

Old Town, South Florida Fairgrounds, 9067 Southern Blvd., West Palm Beach.

Admission: $10 for adults, $5 for children aged 6 to 12 and free for children aged 5 and under. Parking is free. Proceeds benefit agriculture education/advocacy and food banks in the Glades area.

Public Information: Call 561-996-0343 or visit

Paintings by John Bowen at Gardens Town Hall

GardensArt, a public art program in the City of Palm Beach Gardens, presents “The Art of Being There”, by watercolor artist John Bowen. The exhibit runs through May 12 at City Hall, 10500 N. Military Trail, Palm Beach Gardens. Hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“Dinner for two”, watercolor by John Bowen. COURTESY PHOTO

Mr. Bowen will perform live painting demonstrations at the Gardens GreenMarket from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, April 24. Note cards, canvas prints and books will be on sale. A free raffle for a 20 inch by 27 inch double matted giclee print titled “Dinner for Two” will be offered. The winner will be announced at the post-demo art reception from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the lobby of City Hall. Light refreshments will be served and all are welcome.

Mr. Bowen was born in New York and spent the next 19 years there and in North Jersey, before enlisting in the United States Air Force in 1961. He was an illustrator at service for eight years, including a year-long tour of South Vietnam, graphically documenting air transport operations in 1968. He self-published an illustrated memoir in 2013. The book, “Eleven Months and Nineteen Days”, has received a silver medal from the Florida Authors and Publishers Association in 2014. In 1969, Mr. Bowen left the service, moved to South Florida and went to work in the advertising art department of the Miami Herald. He spent the next 40 years working in the newspaper advertising business before retiring. During all these years, Mr. Bowen created watercolor paintings for his own pleasure. He now paints full time and is an iconic member of the Florida Watercolor and Gold Coast Watercolor Societies. ¦

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