WEST POINT — Brutal honesty is hard to come by.

Friends tend to avoid it, unless there’s a crisis. Parents spend their lives smoothing over it, softening the sharper edges of hard truth.

But siblings tell it like it is. And Shane Mayo relished informing his sister Jacci Karzon about the corn in her teeth.

“I was talking to her, and took a glance at the grill, and I said, ‘Jacci, you need some floss,” he said, his sister laughing as he recounted the story. “She didn’t believe me, so I took a picture.”

Karzon wasn’t ashamed. She and her brother, both Burlington natives, have lived in Georgia for the past 20 years. The Georgia locals don’t believe Karzon when she waxes nostalgic about a festival dedicated entirely to corn, and she needed proof.

“She’s about to post it on Instagram,” Mayo said.

That’s not the only proof the brother-sister duo plan to take back to Georgia with them. There’s an argument to be settled down south. An argument about taste.

“I think we’re going to take some bushels of corn home with us. They (Atlanta locals) don’t believe our corn is better than Georgia’s,” she said.

It is — by a country mile, according to the Burlington natives.

“You can’t compare it," Karzon said.

Karzon left Burlington when she was 19-years-old, and hadn’t been to the West Point Sweet Corn Festival since then. Mayo was 11-years-old when he last attended, and he’s 39 now.

“My memories from back then, it tasted awesome,” Karzon said.

Free sweet corn is served to everyone who buys one of the evening dinners at the festival, but even those who don’t buy the meal can eat it for free. A designated eating area with tables covered in white plastic keep the loose kernels in a defined space.

“It’s awesome. I would just put in the suggestion that they have pepper at the table. They only have salt,” said Kenzie Osborn, of Burlington.

Kenzie and her sister Madison Osborne, also of Burlington, sat under a small tree for shade, munching away like the children they used to be. Kenzie hadn’t been to the festival in years, and it was the first time for Madison.

“We’ve been going to the state fair since I was born, and it usually starts before the Sweet Corn Festival, so I’m always up in Des Moines," she said.

Madison couldn’t make it to Des Moines this year because of her job, and is leaving for college at the University of Iowa this weekend. That’s why Kenzie goaded her into some quality sister time.

“I talked her into it, because she’s packing to go to college, and she’s supposed to be packing right now,” Kenzie said.

It was the kind of day they envisioned — right down to the annoying humidity. Eating corn while pouring sweat is a tradition many outsiders don’t understand.

“It’s pretty sweet that it’s free,” Kenzie said.