Summer has finally arrived, but it is running late. I only saw my first Iowa sweet corn stand this Sunday. While less than 1 percent of the U.S. corn crop is sweet corn, sweet corn is the most well known symbol of American farming and our rural summers. It is everyone’s opportunity, from rural town to the city, to bring that raw form of pioneer spirit into our homes for an annual summer treat. On the farm, we have always tried to plant an early variety of sweet corn as soon as possible. We would hope that we could have some sweet corn sometime near the 4th of July. Typically the corn did not ripen until shortly thereafter, but at least the corn had ears and presented the temptation to "test one." This year’s rains pushed the maturity back a few weeks, but with our recent heat wave, we will have a treat very soon.

While the spring cold may have slowed the corn, the recent heat has put summer fun into full throttle. The GCC had a great golf tournament this past week. The weather and course were excellent. We would like thank our awesome food sponsor, "Guys With Grills BBQ and Catering" and Waddle Exteriors. We also want to thank all of our other great sponsors who made that golf tournament possible.

Area children enjoyed the Super Hero Party at the Antique Carousel this past weekend. Be sure to join us again, as the Carousel will celebrate its 100th birthday party on National Carousel Day, July 25. The Carousel will be open from noon to 8 p.m. Children’s games will be available from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. TJ Party Rentals is providing inflatable games free of charge from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Enjoy the music of Stan Dahl and his Caribbean Island Steel Drums from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the North Park brick band shell. Free birthday cake. Bring the lawn chairs and the whole family, enjoy the music and let the children enjoy the Carousel and inflatable games.

The Story! Committee is in full swing for the annual Story! Festival to be held September 20, 21 and 22. Some featured items for this year’s Festival include a Friday night "Story and a Dinner," and Saturday "Historical 5K" and "Story Market." The GCC website, www.storycity.net has a link to details on the Story! event. More information will be available as the event draws nearer.

The Story City Greater Chamber Connection is completely dependent on your support, otherwise known as "partnership," to operate. The GCC can be contacted at (515) 733-4214. We encourage everyone to become a GCC partner. The GCC is Story City’s central connection to focus the energy of residents to volunteer or contribute to a wide variety of community projects and events including downtown preservation and Antique Carousel operations to make Story City a vibrant place to live for young and old. As part of our motto of "Making It All Happen" in Story City, the GCC also periodically collaborates with other community organizations such as the Historical Society to assist their fundraising or the Kiwanis Club to spread their message of supporting Story City’s children’s organizations. Your support is what makes it all happen.