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Citizen of the Year award presented Friday at festival

Published: Friday, July 25, 2014 9:31 p.m. CST
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Assistant Fire Chief Wayne Parson receives applause after being named Citizen of the Year Friday at the Sugar Grove Corn Boil.
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(Mary Beth Nolan for Shaw Media)
Ashley Korbal shares corn on the cob Friday with her daughter, Lillian, at the Sugar Grove Corn Boil. They live in Lombard and were visiting Kathy Korbal, Ashley's mother.

SUGAR GROVE – Vince Turano was more than satisfied as he bit into an ear of corn Friday at the Sugar Grove Corn Boil.

"It's good," Turano said. "It's sweet and tender."

There will be plenty of corn on hand at the 47th annual Sugar Grove Corn Boil, which opened Friday and runs through Sunday at Volunteer Park, located west of Route 47, behind John Shields Elementary School.

To Turano, the mild temperatures provided the perfect backdrop for the festival.

"I don't like the heat," he said.

The first thing that Ashley Korbal and her 7-year-old daughter, Lillian, did when they arrived at the festival was head to the food booth to get some corn. Lillian also expressed her satisfaction with her ear of corn.

"It's juicy," she said.

During Friday's opening ceremonies, Sugar Grove Assistant Fire Chief Wayne Parson was named the 2014 Sugar Grove Citizen of the Year. Parson, who has been a firefighter with the Sugar Grove Fire Protection District for 42 years, also serves as the department's fire marshal.

Parson was recognized for his many activities in the village, including volunteering at the Sugar Grove Corn Boil, coaching girls softball for 12 years, helping with annual muscular dystrophy drives, and fire department water fight competitions. He has lived in Sugar Grove for 44 years.

Presenting him with the award was Sugar Grove Village President Sean Michels andSugar Grove Chamber of Commerce and Industry President Steve Ekker.

"Wayne has done the village a world of good," Michels said. "He doesn't find problems, he finds solutions."

The award has been presented every year since 1998 by the village and the chamber to recognize individuals or groups that help the village grow and prosper.

Parson started out with the fire department as a volunteer.

"They are paying me for a job I used to do for free," Parson said. "It's the ultimate job."

Parson said he was honored to join the other Citizen of the Year recipients.

"It's a great bunch of people," he said.

Also presented Friday night were the 2014 Sugar Grove Chamber of Commerce and Industry Scholarships. Christine Crews and Michael Deja received $500 scholarships.

Both Crews and Deja will attend Waubonsee Community College.

Sugar Grove Village Trustee Robert Bohler was also honored Friday for his volunteer efforts with the Sugar Grove Corn Boil. Bohler, who has been on the Village Board since 1997, is in the hospital battling cancer, Michels said.

A full schedule of festival activities is at Sugar Grove Corn Boil's website, www.sugargrovecornboil.org.

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