PILGER – On Wednesday, August 1 head over to Pilger for the 16th Annual Sweet Corn and Hamburger Feed. The feed is from 5p.m. to 9p.m. at the Cooper Family Community Center located at 100 West 2nd St. in Pilger.
The event is a free will donation with all proceeds going to the Pilger Pool Fund.
“So far since we’ve started I think we are right around with all the donations that we have taken in in the first fifteen years is somewhere around $120,000 to $123,000 we have taken in to help cover some of that pool cost for the taxpayers in the Village of Pilger,” said Ron Wolverton who has been in charge of the event since it began in 2002.
In the past people have come from all over northeast Nebraska to support the event.
“We have the community, basically all of northeast Nebraska,” said Wolverton. “We have people come from Seward, I’ve had people come from Omaha, Verdigre, Macy. It’s all over northeast Nebraska, people show up to participate in the feed that night.”
On average the event feeds about 1000 people with the main rush between 5-6 p.m. The crew that assists is planning on being able to serve 300 people per half hour.
“There’s no way this could be even accomplished without all the volunteers that help. We have just got a heck of a good group of people that come and help us out; set tables like we did this morning, clean the corn, serve, cook the food,” added Wolverton. “We’ve just got a tremendous group of people that help us. People enjoy doing it. They have fun coming in to cook for the night of the feed and people that come in to eat, they enjoy it, they see people from all over and they enjoy visiting.”
There will also be root-beer floats served by Pilger and Wisner Midwest Bank along with a free pool party at the Pilger pool.