Snohomish Corn King passes away at 90

Photo courtesy of Kla Ha Ya Days Festival.

A legacy farmer known as the “Corn King” passed away weeks before he was going to serve as Grand Marshal for the Kla Ha Ya Days Parade in Snohomish. Now, members of his family will fulfill the honor.

Ed Stocker was 90 years old when he passed away on June 1. Born into farming, Stocker took over operations of the farm his parent’s had established in 1919, and transitioned from dairy to sweetcorn. Stocker’s son, Keith, currently runs the daily operations: growing and selling vegetables, fruit, flowers, and a month-long pumpkin festival with a corn maze in the fall followed by Christmas trees in the winter.

“Ed was a constant in Snohomish,” said Bob Dvorak, Kla Ha Ya Days president. “A great story teller and always there for his community, which he took a lot of pride in. He is missed. We are glad the city, his friends and the community can give him a fitting tribute with this year’s parade.”

The parade begins at 10:30 a.m., Saturday July 15. After the parade, visitors are encouraged to check out the food court, beer and wine garden, street fair, music and performances by Venardos Circus. At 6:30 p.m., the Kla Ha Ya Beats 5K-10K run begins.

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