MENDOTA — Katie Fox, president and CEO of the Mendota Area Chamber of Commerce said 12 tons of sweet corn were sold and another eight tons served on Sunday, the last day of the Mendota Sweet Corn festival.
That number is down from the 2018 total of 25 tons of corn that was served and sold.
As of this morning, the chamber had not released a list of Sunday’s parade winners or an estimate of crowd attendance.
The festival closed with the 50/50 drawing. The drawing was on video but the recording had some people claiming it was rigged.
The festival’s Facebook page announced Tammy Hill of Earlville as the winner and she will take home $20,722.
Second prize winner of $1,000 was Franciso Ayala of Chicago. Third prize winner of $500 was TJ Tieman of Ladd.
Commenters alerted the NewsTribune to the controversy. When asked about the drawing, Fox said chamber officials were working on a statement.
Mendota police chief Greg Kellen said his department has not received any formal complaints about the drawing.