With regret and sadness, White County Historical Society Board of Directors has made the decision to cancel the traditional Corn Tasting Event and Open House of their Museums on Corn Day for this year. With the continued increase in covid cases, the Board determined it to be too dangerous and irresponsible to invite people to mingle in the small rooms of the Ratcliff Inn and Robinson Stewart House and the tight exhibit arrangements of The L Haas Store Museum. Although the Museums are air conditioned, the filtration is not considered covid-protection sufficient and natural ventilation is also insufficient for covid safety.
We have invited White County 4-H to use both front windows of The Haas Store Museum. One will introduce the Corn Day King and Queen candidates and cover the history of that long standing Kiwanis Club-White County 4-H tradition of recognizing accomplished 4-H members. The other will celebrate 100 Years of White County 4-H. Those displays should be in place the entire week before Corn Day and continue for a few weeks. Please find an opportunity to stop and view those windows.
Opening the historic museums to share the exhibits with the public and offering the opportunity to share a bite of tasty home cooked corn products with the public has been a part of Corn Day Saturday morning in Carmi for many years. The Society members and Board plan to reinstate this tradition when conditions permit.
We regret having to make this decision, and we made it with the well-being of our volunteers and the public in mind. We wish the best for sponsors of all the events and those who choose to attend Corn Day activities. May you enjoy the festivities and stay safe.