10th Annual Ears & Beers Sweet Corn Festival - Save the Date!

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:

  • Adult advance purchase - $25
  • Adult at event - $30
  • Child 5 - 12 - $5
  • Child 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; We have a large assortment!
  • Depending on the number of early reservations, additional menu items will be added.  Sign up NOW!



Andy Bender is the Director of the Chez Veterans Center.  Andy retired from the US Army in 2016 after 20 years of service.  The Veterans Center provides a range of support services to empower student veterans with disabilities to realize their potential through a world-class educational experience that prepares them to lead fulfilling, meaningful, and maximally independent lives. Through educational innovations, research breakthroughs, and a dedicated staff of counselors and specialists, the Center supports student veterans’ health and full participation in society.  The Veterans Center is the recipient of our Club Scholarship funds, and all profits from Ears & Beers are used to support their students.


Jean Driscoll is the Assistant Dean for Advancement in the College of Applied Health Sciences and a former Illini athlete. She won the women's wheelchair division of the Boston Marathon eight times, more than any other female athlete in any division. Her wins in Boston included seven consecutive first-place finishes from 1990 to 1996.  In 2012, Jean was inducted into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame and earlier that year she received the Order of Lincoln award, the highest honor bestowed by the State of Illinois.  Jean is a great spokesperson who previously was our featured guest speaker at the Annual Banquet held at the Admiral Kidd Club in Point Loma.


Tyler Gagai is the Director of Alumni Clubs.  Tyler 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.  Socialize with fellow Illini and discuss college sports including the realighnment of college conferences and the future of the Big Ten and the PAC 10.


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.  Make your reservations NOW!

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 #4 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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