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Community shows up to support Wadena Rotary Corn & Chicken Feed

The annual feed served record breaking crowds surpassing 4,000 pieces of chicken and more than 300 dozen ears of corn.

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Wadena Rotarians Don Niles, left, and Julie Bushinger work to shuck corn with a crowd of other volunteers leading up to the main event, the 55th annual Wadena Rotary Corn and Chicken Feed on Thursday, Aug. 11, 2022. It's quite a process shucking more than 300 dozen ears of corn.
Michael Johnson / Pioneer Journal
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WADENA — It's been a year of record breaking attendance for Wadena service clubs and the 55th annual Wadena Corn & Chicken Feed was no exception.
The phrase "we've never done that before," could be heard throughout the Burlington Northern Park on Thursday, Aug. 11, as the Rotary club had to race to get more chicken and more corn to continue serving a hungry crowd. Despite their best guess at attendance, the crew ran out of chicken at about 6:35 p.m. Those coming in near the end of the event still had plenty of corn and other sides to feast from on a beautiful sunny day.
Attendance totals are still being tallied, but early estimates suggest that the club served over 2,100 meals — the best year on record.
The club of over 40 members gathered up help from other community and youth volunteers to make the event happen.
If you weren't among the record breaking crowd, don't miss out on the club's feed next year tentatively scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 10, 2023.
All funds raised by the Rotary club after expenses go right back into community needs and youth scholarships.

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Rotarians Bob Wallgren and Mike Carr, Jr., lift boiled corn from a large cooker Thursday, Aug. 11, during the 55th annual Wadena Rotary Corn & Chicken Feed. The event served up over 2,100 meals and raised funds for community projects and youth.
Michael Johnson / Pioneer Journal
The event raised money for youth, school and community projects.

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