Press Release

For Immediate Release 

 

Event Date: August 7 - 10, 2014

 

Mendota's Sweet Corn Festival Promises Tons of Corn and Fun, August 7th-10th, Mendota, IL

 

The Big Event takes place Sunday afternoon - the serving of the free, hot, buttered Del Monte Sweet Corn! The corn is cooked to its golden goodness with the help of an antique steam traction engine as it has been for the last 67 years.

 

 

 

Mendota, Illinois, July 17, 2014 (McKenzieNewsService.com) - Not only will there be tons of free, hot, buttered Del Monte Sweet Corn to munch on, but there will also be tons of fun to experience as Mendota, IL celebrates their 67th Annual Sweet Corn Festival on August 7th through 10th.  It is one of the largest harvest festivals in the Midwest, attracting over 55,000 visitors in its 3 ½ day run.

 

The Festival hosts free entertainment everyday that appeals to young and old alike. It includes:  a karaoke contest, magicians, balloon twisters, professional face painters, a carnival with rides for all ages, queen pageant Friday evening with the Follies Theatre group to entertain, musical entertainment on the main stage throughout Saturday, featuring an afternoon concert of fun funky blues and popular covers by “Written Warning,” and that evening, a 50’s & 60’s Classic Rockin’ Roll show “under the stars,” featuring the Chicagoland group, The StingRays.

 

There is a Beer Garden with live bands, which will include “Snap Shot,” a 70’s and 80’s cover band on Friday night, and the Chicago area rock party dance  band “Sugar High” on Saturday night, playing dozens of favorite hits from the 70’s to the present.


The Grand Parade Sunday will feature Chicago’s Golden Knights Drill Team, the internationally known Jesse White Tumblers, the New Generation Fancy Drill Team, Rockford’s Pipes & Drums of Clan MacAlpine, the 144th Army Band of the Illinois National Guard, as well as floats, Shriners and antique vehicles.

 

If you’re inclined to be competitive there is a “bags” tournament on Saturday afternoon, a corn eating contest, open to those 12 and under on Sunday, and even a  Sweet Corn Festival Food Contest for creative cooks, which  awards to the best dishes with sweet corn as their main ingredient.

 

There will be 200 crafters, flea market vendors, and commercial booths with everything from beautiful handmade crafts, to new items and antiques, to the unusual and trendy.

 

For the sports minded there is the Sweet Corn Festival Tennis Tournament,  and  Mendota Community Hospital’s “Cornapalooza” 5K/10K Run & 5K Fitness Walk.

 

The “Big Event” takes place Sunday afternoon - the serving of the free, hot, buttered Del Monte Sweet Corn! The corn is cooked to its golden goodness with the help of an antique steam traction engine as it has been for the last 67 years. It takes many volunteers, but the Mendotans know best how to do it. They will serve you up a plate of Del Monte’s finest ears in no time, dripping with butter and let you salt it to your personal taste.  If you would like to continue the memories of this delectable moment the folks at Mendota’s Corn Fest have fresh Del Monte sweet corn available by the bag for purchase to take home.

 

All of the events, except for the sporting events, take place in the downtown area, well within walking distance of one another. There are no admission charges with the exception of a small admission to the beer garden, and no parking fees.

 

The Corn Festival opens Thursday evening, August 7th at 6 pm with “Family Night,” offering discounted carnival ride tickets.  Friday there is an “arm band” discount on rides from 12 noon till 4 pm, letting you ride as much and as many of the carnival rides as you want during that period with the purchase of a $20 arm band. 

 

Things get started Friday at 11:00 am, and on Saturday & Sunday at 9:00 am. The carnival and beer garden are open till midnight Friday & Saturday nights.

 

Mendota is located in north central Illinois at the intersection of I-39 and IL Rt. 34, 1 hour south of Rockford, 2 hours from Chicago and 1.3 hours north of Bloomington and Peoria.

 

For more detailed information on Mendota’s 67th Annual Sweet Corn Festival call (815) 539-6507 for a free brochure or visit www.sweetcornfestival.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Media Contact    

 

Media Contact: Jesse Arellano

Email: jarellano@mendotachamber.com

Phone: 815-539-6507

 

Mendota Area Chamber of Commerce

800 Washington St., Mendota, Illinois, 61342

Web: www.sweetcornfestival.com

 

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Illinois, Mendota, Event Date: August 7 - 10, 2014

Mendota's Sweet Corn Festival Promises Tons of Corn and Fun, August 7th-10th, Mendota, IL

Not only will there be tons of free, hot, buttered Del Monte Sweet Corn to munch on, but there will also be tons of fun to experience as Mendota, IL celebrates their 67th Annual Sweet Corn Festival on August 7th through 10th.  It is one of the largest harvest festivals in the Midwest, attracting over 55,000 visitors in its 3 ½ day run. Free entertainment abounds; 200 craft & flea market booths; 40 food booths; musical concerts; carnival; weekend beer garden with live bands -  music from  60’s to present; exciting parade Sunday. The “Big Event” takes place Sunday afternoon - the serving of the free, hot, buttered Del Monte Sweet Corn! The corn is cooked to its golden goodness with the help of an antique steam traction engine as it has been for the last 67 years. Buy fresh sweet corn to take home. For more detailed information on Mendota’s 67th Annual Sweet Corn Festival call (815) 539-6507 for a free brochure or visit www.sweetcornfestival.com

 

 

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