From June 11 through June 16, The Normal CornBelters, brought to you by the Illinois Corn Farmers, celebrated Ag Week at the Corn Crib. Each day had a special event offering fans of all ages the opportunity to enjoy great tasting food and to learn all about agriculture in their community.

June 11 was Illinois Corn Growers Association Membership Appreciation Night.  Illinois Corn Growers Members were invited to come out to the ballpark to watch some exciting Cornbelters baseball courtesy of the Illinois Corn Growers Association!  Fans also had the opportunity to mingle with real farmers who grow corn in Illinois.

corn crib, mascot, tractor pull, pedal tractors, baseball, fan engagementJune 12 was Illinois Pork Producers Night, where fans were invited to dive into some freshly made pork 3-ways burgers.  All over the concourse, you could see fans enjoying DaBurgers and to talking to hog farmers about all things pork!

June 13 took on another meat product, beef!  For Illinois Beef Producers Night, farmers who raise cattle were at the ballpark to answer questions and to serve local beef products.  After trying one of their tasty samples courtesy of Bloomington Meats, fans couldn’t help but to get one of their burgers!

June 14 was Prairie Farms Night!  Prairie Farms gave away free ice cream sandwich bars to the first 500 fans that entered the Corn Crib.  They also made the night extremely special for two lucky fans.  One got to throw out a first pitch and receive an autographed Ron Santo ball and another won a game worn Cubs Jersey!  The Midwest Dairy Association was also in attendance with fun trivia and even taught kids how to milk a cow!   Once again, farmers were there to share their philosophy, this time about dairy farms.

June 15 was Salute to 4H Night as well as Pioneer Night.  Members from 4H in the area came to the ballpark to offer information about their group to fans who were interested in getting involved!  It was also Pioneer Night. Employees of Pioneer were invited to watch a night of CornBelters baseball and 500 lucky fans walked away with a Pioneer/ Illinois Corn baseball!

Andi Grindley
Public/Media/Community Relations Coordinator
Normal CornBelters

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