CLINTON – About 15 men shucked 80 dozen ears of corn in just over an hour Sunday morning in preparation for the Knights of Columbus annual Corn Boil.

What started as a picnic for the parish has become a community-wide thank you from the Knights.

"We enjoy doing it," said Terry Geerts while preparing food at Prince of Peace Catholic Church Sunday.

"It gives me a sense of community service to give back," said Mike Yackshaw as he checked the pork in the smoker behind the church. 

Most of the money collected by the Knights during the year is given to charities, Geerts said, but this event is not a fundraiser. "We're just trying to cover our costs."

From 4-7 p.m. Sunday at Prince of Peace Hall, 1105 LaMetta Wynn Dr., Knights of Columbus St. Edward's Council 707 of Clinton and Camanche will serve pulled pork, hot dogs, unlimited sweet corn, baked beans, french fries, lemonade and coffee. The Ladies Auxiliary will sell desserts.

The group purchased 80 dozen ears of corn from Joel Howe near Elvira. Howe provides corn for the Lions Club and other organizations, Geerts said, and has provided sweet corn for the corn boil for four or five years.

The K of C buys its chairman's reserve pork from Fareway which has been generous to the organization, said Bernie Holtkamp.

McCormick donates the spices for the pork rub. Geerts is an application chemist for Sethness Products in Clinton and visits the McCormick plants periodically, he said.

The Knights are thankful to the church for providing the kitchen and the dining room for the event, Holtkamp said. Though the event is at the church, the meal is available to anyone in the community, not to parish members only.

"We feed about 300-350," Dean Stone said.

The Council has more than 240 members, according to Holtkamp, and more than 50 Knights work to make the corn boil possible, preparing, cooking, serving and cleaning up afterward.

"We've been doing this for 25-30 years," said. Holtkamp.

The cost for the meal is $7 for adults, $4 for children from 4-10 years of age and free for children under the age of four.

K of C will serve meals from 4-7 p.m. Carry-out is available.