Sweet Corn Fiesta Drive-Through Event At Fairgrounds

Ann and Tommy Holt of Twin H Farms with Buddy McKinstry of JEM Farms.

What would have been the 20th annual South Florida Sweet Corn Fiesta on Sunday, April 26 at the South Florida Fairgrounds become a “drive-through” event due to COVID-19 restrictions. Fiesta organizers offered bags and crates of locally grown ears of corn via a drive-through system.

“This certainly isn’t what we had envisioned for our 20th annual Sweet Corn Fiesta, but we’re happy we’ve found a way for our farmers to still get their fresh, sweet corn into the hands of those who enjoy it,” Event Organizer Ann Holt said. “This fiesta corn was grown especially for the event.”

Holt, of Twin H Farms, founded the Sweet Corn Fiesta in 2000 with about 400 attendees. By last year, it had grown to more than 5,000 attendees.

The South Florida Sweet Corn Fiesta, which celebrates Palm Beach County’s heritage as the “Sweet Corn Capital of the World,” is presented by the Western Palm Beach County Farm Bureau and hosted by the South Florida Fair. Palm Beach County grows more sweet corn than any other county in the United States. Local farmers cultivate more than 27,000 acres yearly.