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照片中的小孩正在享用烤好的奥拉西甜玉米
1999
年的甜玉米节
 

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科罗拉多州的甜玉米节
地方性遗产

甜玉米能够拯救一个城镇吗?如果那个镇是科罗拉多州的奥拉西(Olathe)就可以!

奥拉西镇过去种植的是甜菜及大麦,但自1970年代晚期后,这些农作物的需求量开始下降。,镇民的生活也越来越差,因为镇上的经济完全仰赖农夫的收益存活。然后,一位名为盖利奈特(Dave Galinet)的农夫研发了几种不同种类的甜玉米,因而决定将他的生意搬到奥拉西区。奥拉西白天炙热,晚上凉爽的气候极适合甜玉米生长。不久后,其他农夫也开始种植甜玉米,过不了多久的时间,镇上又开始兴盛了起来。

奥拉西决定要庆贺它再次兴盛起来的事实,还有什么会比举行甜玉米节更适合呢?首次的庆祝活动是于19928月的某个下雨天举办的。谁能猜的到?竟有800多人出席此一庆典。到了现在,参加此一节庆的人约有20,000名。您知道他们在玉米节会做什么吗?尽情的食用所有的甜玉米。1999年的玉米节上,与会人士总共吃掉了70,000穗由种植者所提供的奥拉西甜玉米。您能猜到这些玉米是由多少人吃掉的吗?

Can sweet corn save a town? It can if that town is Olathe, Colorado!

The town of Olathe used to grow sugar beets and barley, but by the late 1970s those crops weren't in much demand anymore. The town fell on hard times because it depended upon the success of the farmers to survive. Then a farmer named Dave Galinet, who had developed several varieties of sweet corn, decided to move his business to the Olathe area. Olathe had the ideal climate for growing sweet corn - hot days and cool nights. Soon after that, many of the other farmers started to grow sweet corn too, and before long the town was prosperous again.

Olathe decided to celebrate the fact that it was thriving, and what better way than to have a sweet corn festival? The first festival was on a rainy day in August 1992. And guess what? More than 800 people showed up. Nowadays about 20,000 people come to the festival. And you know what they get to do? Eat all the sweet corn they want. In 1999, participants ate 70,000 ears of "Olathe Sweet" donated by the growers. Can you imagine how many people there were to eat that many ears of corn?

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