‘Sweet tradition’: Pilger hosts 19th Sweet Corn & Hamburger Feed for pool

PILGER -- Hundreds of people waited in a line a block long while cars stuffed the town of Pilger, Wednesday evening, for the community's 19th Sweet Corn and Hamburger feed. The feast was all part of an effort to pay for the community’s new pool, which co-organizer Barb Wolverton said is necessary for the kids to learn how to swim and avoid drowning in the nearby river.

Their goal was around ten thousand, though volunteers were positive that was surpassed.

Barb and her husband Ron started it as a small gathering, but it's grown exponentially since then. The community made it such a large tradition that even the tornado of 2014 couldn’t stop it. 

"People just love coming by and it's a sweet tradition," said Ron Wolverton. 

He noted they started husking corn early in the morning — preparing 3,600 ears of corn and nearly 1,500 hamburgers on four grills.

"It wouldn't be possible without the staff and helpers," he said of the 65 volunteers. 

They hope to make their feed next year even bigger and special for the 20th.