After a week off, Husker fans are ready for the Big Red to hit the gridiron once again. Nebraska plays Northwestern in Evanston, Illinois near Chicago Saturday afternoon. Some will watch the game on TV, others may make the drive, but one group set off Friday morning on buses for its annual Children of the Corn Husker trip.
In the morning chill against the low rumble of waiting charter buses, the weekend officially started for this group at 20th and L streets. "We are Children of the Corn." It's the second year the Children of the Corn will make the mass exodus to an away game to cheer on the Huskers.
“We did this last year, we went to the Wisconsin game and we just took 56 people and it has just grown since then,” said Victor Baez of the American GI Forum. “We are turning people away, everybody wants to go. We take the one trip a year and just have a great time."
This year, they doubled in size with 103 adults filling two buses. “It started out with just our immediate family,” said Kathy Valencia. “We come from a family of eight and then friends started to want to come, more family and now we are up to two buses.”
The last of the coolers, drinks and charcoal were loaded and the remaining stragglers filtered onto the buses. Now, it's about one thing. “Go Big Red, go Huskers.”
Letting the driver drive, the party rolled on. “Everybody here at the GI Forum is all like a family,” said Jonathan McKinney. “I figured we would all get out there and show our Nebraska support and go support the Big Red."
“Just the comradely on the bus, go up, relax a little bit and not have to worry about driving ourselves, just go up and have a good time,” said Ben Robles.
You just might be able to spot them for yourself. “We've got 80 tickets in the stadium all together and we will all be wearing the same color, hopefully you will see us on TV during the game."
They plan to do another trip next year.