Digging corn

Board member behind ‘self-entertaining’ play area

PHOTO BY JILL GOSCHE Elliott Aichholz, 23 months, plays in a bin of corn at Attica Independent Fair Friday afternoon.

ATTICA — Friendships can be made in Attica Independent Fair’s corn bin.

Valerie Bordner, a 10-year-old Attica resident, said she never had talked to a couple of people she had seen at school. But she talked to them in one of the fair’s newest attractions — a children’s play area full of corn.

Bordner said Friday she thought she had been in the corn pit two days earlier.

“I think it’s fun,” she said.

The grain bill full of corn contains toys, such as small shovels, trucks and a tractor, for children 10 years old and younger, and toys were provided through sponsorships.

Courtney Stockmaster, who is serving her first year on the fair board, had the idea to bring a corn play area to the fair and organized the project.

“(I) just wanted to do something for the children,” she said.

Stockmaster had seen a smaller version of the pit at Ohio State Fair and a sandbox of corn at Farm Science Review. She estimated the corn in the bin at the fair is 12 inches to 15 inches deep and said the corn is to be fed to cattle after the fair.

“We’ll auger it right back out,” she said.

As soon as it opened, there were 24 children in it, Stockmaster said.

“(It’s) just something simple. … It’s pretty self-entertaining,” she said. 

Stockmaster said Attica Independent Fair paid nothing for the project, and she plans to bring it back annually.

She said she hopes to do something for the younger teenage group next year.