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Friday, 01 September 2017 13:44

Sweet! Darien fest celebrates corn, community

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY — If you’re a fan of sweet corn, you want to be at Darien’s West Park on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 8, Sept. 9 and Sept. 10, for the 57th annual Darien Cornfest.

The celebration includes live entertainment, a carnival, parade, fireworks, crafts sales, sports tournaments and, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, free sweet corn donated by Birds Eye, which has a plant in Darien.

DARIEN -- Phil “Putsy” Putman was known as a kind-hearted handyman with a love for Tootsie Rolls. He spent years as a village trustee in Darien and died Nov. 6 at 80 years old.

1116 putmanThe community seemed to love Putman nearly as much as his family did. On his 80th birthday, he received more than 100 cards in the mail, Phyllis said.

During his service as a village trustee, Putman never missed a meeting, Phyllis said. Village Administrator Rebecca LeMire added he served on all standing committees in the village during his tenure.

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Wednesday, 14 September 2016 10:42

Photo Gallery: 2016 Darien Cornfest

Photos by staff photographer Terry Mayer from the 2016 Darien Cornfest, with fireworks , parade, tractor pull , and corn.

Friday, 02 September 2016 12:18

Crisscross the county for festival fun

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Music takes center stage on the village square when the East Troy Bluegrass Festival kicks up its heels Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 10 and Sept. 11.

The East Troy festival is among one of four fun events planned next weekend. There’s also Darien Corn Fest, the Taste of Lake Geneva and the Whitewater Main Street Festival to squeeze into your social calendar.

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Editor’s note: Saving Downtown is an award-winning series by freelance writer Lisa Schmelz exploring how Walworth County communities are breathing new life into their historic downtown districts. This is the seventh installment.

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David John Dietrich, a classically trained artist, recently purchased one of the 16 historic buildings that once served as the main artery of downtown Darien. He opened the doors to his gallery in March with an exhibition, bringing storefront occupancy on this lonely stretch of the past to 53 percent.

Wednesday, 23 December 2015 09:55

Snowmobilers are ready to ride

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Snowmobile riders have been looking to the sky hoping for snow during an unseasonably warm December.

But when the snow comes, snowmobile clubs anticipate a new law will help increase membership and promote snowmobiling in general.

Friday, 04 September 2015 14:04

In Darien, time is ripe for Cornfest

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- As summer days shorten, the cornfields around Walworth County start to lengthen. Row upon row of green sentinels silently stand watch, waiting to change color and welcome in fall. Anyone who is an avid corn on the cob fan can’t wait to roast one, two or more ears of the delectable treat featured at county fairs and backyard barbeques everywhere.

Folks in Walworth County know the real place to claim your own cob is at Darien Cornfest, set for Friday through Sunday, Sept. 11 through Sept. 13. The event has held a spot on the calendar for more than 50 years, somewhere between first frost and the second weekend in September.



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