CROWN POINT | Friday’s kickoff to Hometown Festival Days was a feast of favorites such as roasted corn and pork chops, elephant ears and cheesecake on a stick.
Organized by the Crossroads Chamber of Commerce, the corn roast drew crowds to the downtown. The festival continues from noon to 11 p.m. Saturday.
“You’ve got to come down and have some corn, sausage and elephant ears,” said Joyce Carnahan, a lifelong Crown Point resident and retired Winfield Elementary School teacher.
“It’s like homecoming. You see a lot of faces you know,” Don Carnahan said.
Eric Glickley brought his two young sons in a twin stroller, while his wife, Jeanie, and 10-year old daughter, Myah, were at dance classes.
Liam, 3, and Aidan, 1, ate their way through two elephant ears.
“They already chowed down on corn and pork chops,” Eric Glickley said. “We like these festivals. They’re a big part of why we moved here from Chicago Heights almost four years ago.”
The Johnson family recently moved to Crown Point from Colorado, and 4-year-old Ty Johnson gave the corn he was munching on two thumbs way up. His 2-year old sister, Jade, nibbled on an ear of corn held by her dad, Wesley.
“It’s a great place to live,” Paula Johnson said of the city. “This is a family-friendly event.”
Music filled the air as food-lovers made the rounds and the younger set lined up at the Kids Zone for everything from face painting to a chance to test out the huge trampoline set up by festival sponsor Summit Athletics.
Thousands of ears of corn offered by the South Lake County Shriners Club give the two-day festival its name. The Shriners have been serving up corn for more than 30 years as a fundraiser.