Originally posted by shaas
If you go to Rip's, be a local and pick up the batter crumbs with the sliced pickles, making kind of a crumb-taco. Try not to slide across the greasy floor on your way out the door.
If you're still hungry (I don't know how), you can check out Lanuti's turtle soup across the street from Rip's chicken. But best to save for Torrie's ice cream, though, I agree.
Ahhh, Ladd. Wonderful little pig-out town. Definitely making a trip during Mendota's Sweetcorn Festival this weekend.
MENDOTA'S SWEET CORN FESTIVAL TO FEATURE SWEET CORN AND MUCH MORE
Tons of free, hot, buttered, delicious Del Monte sweet corn will be the highlight of the annual Sweet Corn Festival to be held in Mendota, Illinois on the second weekend in August.
The Mendota Area Chamber of Commerce is preparing for the gigantic undertaking of hosting over 60,000 visitors, who consume nearly 50 tons of sweet corn during the festival weekend.
Don't miss the excitement for the festival offers a variety of entertainment events for the entire family. The events take place primarily in the downtown area, and with the exception of the beer garden, have no admission fees or parking fees.
Free musical entertainment is in abundance. The Crafters Market Place and flea market features over 200 dealers in hand made crafts and unique merchandise. There is a Queen Pageant, beer garden with live bands, grand parade and a carnival with rides and games for both adults and children, plus much more.
The midways are lined with food booths, featuring a multitude of ethnic, regional and festival foods, but the "BIG EVENT" is the serving of the free Del Monte sweet corn on Sunday afternoon. For over many years, it has been cooked to its golden goodness with the help of a vintage steam engine.
If you would like to take some of the memories of Mendota's Sweet Corn Festival home with you, the Mendota Chamber will be selling fresh Del Monte sweet corn by the bag on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday during the festival.
The good times are waiting, the welcome mat is out, come to Mendota for one of the Midwest's oldest and largest harvest festivals, the annual Sweet Corn Festival. http://www.sweetcornfestival.com/