10th Annual Ears & Beers Sweet Corn Festival - MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS NOW!

Sweet Corn, Bratwurst, and Brew, Illinois style. The event will be held again at San Dieguito County Park in Solana Beach just off Interstate 5.  Area 4 in the park is the preferred site by our Illini Club members.

This is an all-you-can-eat-&-drink event for adults and children of all ages. The pricing is as follows:

  • Adults - $25
  • Children ages 5-12 - $5
  • Children 4 & under - free

The menu will include:

  • The BEST sweet corn you have ever tasted
  • Bratwurst, hot dogs, plus all the condiments and trimmings
  • Soda, beer, wine, and water
  • Depending on the number of early reservations, additional menu items will be added.  Sign up NOW!


Garret Anderson is a Retired Army Sergeant who was severely injured by a roadside bomb in Iraq.  He received his Master's Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from the U 0f I, and has been featured in numerous television promotions for the University.  He will be attending Ears & Beers for the second time representing the Chez Veterans Center that we support with our Club scholarship program.


Tyler Gagai is the Director of Alumni Clubs.  Tyle and his wife will be travelling from Champaign/Urbana to join us for this event.  Learn about all the exciting things happening on campus including the improvement of Illini Football and Basketball prospects.  This is the first real event since the COVID shutdown so we are hoping to restart our activities with a BANG!!  We hope to announce some additional surprises in the near future! 


Plan to enjoy all the FUN plus great food!!! San Dieguito County Park is beautiful with plenty of shade, great children's play areas, nice restrooms, hiking trails, etc. etc.  We are also hoping to get additional notable Illini to attend the event.  Get your reservations in NOW!

Volunteers will purchase and prep the corn the day before, and store it in water. On Saturday we will get the charcoal grills going early, and roast the corn in the wet husks. It will be kept warm, and then husked and served with plenty of melted butter. This is a proven method used by other Illini Clubs for over 25 years, and by us for nine years.  We are now experienced and will be more than ready for a large, enthusiastic Illini crowd.

All profits will go to support the Club's Scholarship Fund to assist military veterans who are currently attending the University of Illinois.  Bring your friends, neighbors, relatives and anyone who likes to have a good time and enjoy a great picnic. Order your tickets now and check back often to get additional information.

We have reserved Area #2 at San Dieguito Park.  The picnic will be from Noon to 5:00.  Food will be served from Noon to 4:30.  Reserve early so that we can adequately plan and possibly expand the menu and the activities.

Exit the I-5 at Lomas Santa Fe, and go east one mile. Then turn left at the first stop sign. The entrance to San Dieguito Park is on the right in about 100 yards. There will be a park ranger at the gate, and he will be charging $3.00 per car, and can direct you the short distance to Area #4. You could also park free just past the park entrance on a dirt area along the road and carpool or walk into the park.

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