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Mendota Sweet Corn Festival, Mendota, IL, August 11-14, 2011

Tons of free, hot, buttered, delicious Del Monte sweet corn will be the highlight of the 64th annual Sweet Corn Festival to be held in Mendota, Illinois on August 11, 12, 13, and 14.

The Mendota Area Chamber of Commerce is preparing for the gigantic undertaking of hosting over 60,000 visitors, who consume nearly 50 tons of sweet corn during the festival weekend.

Don't miss the excitement for the festival offers a variety of entertainment events for the entire family. The events take place primarily in the downtown area, and with the exception of the beer garden, have no admission fees or parking fees.

Free musical entertainment is in abundance. The Crafters Market Place and flea market features over 200 dealers in hand made crafts and unique merchandise. There is a Queen Pageant, beer garden with live bands, grand parade and a carnival with rides and games for both adults and children, plus much more.

The midways are lined with food booths, featuring a multitude of ethnic, regional and festival foods, but the "BIG EVENT" is the serving of the free Del Monte sweet corn on Sunday afternoon. For over 60 years, it has been cooked to its golden goodness with the help of a vintage steam engine.

If you would like to take some of the memories of Mendota's Sweet Corn Festival home with you, the Mendota Chamber will be selling fresh Del Monte sweet corn by the bag on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday during the festival.

The good times are waiting, the welcome mat is out, come to Mendota for one of the Midwest's oldest and largest harvest festivals, the 64th annual Sweet Corn Festival.

Thursday, August 11th

 

6:00 p.m. Carnival Midway & Food Booths Open- Family Night

 

6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. “WGLC/Q Idol Contest” with Chris Carson & Wally sponsored by WGLC/Q97.7/103.3. 1st and 2nd prizes awarded in each of the following age categories: 5-10 & 11-15. Pre-registration deadline August 5, 2011. Limited spots available, download application at www.wglc.net, www.qhitmusic.com, or here.

 

Friday, August 12th

 

11:00 a.m.Food & Merchandise Vendors and First State Bank Hospitality Tent open on the Midway.

 

Noon – Carnival opens for the day- ARMBAND discount on rides til 4:00 p.m.

 

Noon – 2:00 p.m. Magic by Cory will amaze you with his talent! Be sure to find him as he strolls around the midway to show off his magical abilities! Sponsored by Merritt Funeral Home.

 

Noon- 7:00 p.m.- DUNK TANK! Come see local clubs and organizations leaders in the dunk tank located in the Elks Club parking lot. Stop by and dunk your favorite person once or twice! Sponsored by Prescott Brothers, Inc.

 

1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Balloon Creations and Magic by Billy the Balloon Guy; FREE to everyone at the corner of Illinois Ave. and Jefferson. Sponsored by Schimmer GM.

 

7:20 p.m. – Pre-pageant Entertainment – Decatur Park Singers, sponsored by R.R. Donnelley Mendota, Inc. on the First State Stage on Rt. 34 downtown.

 

7:30 p.m. – Midnight – Beer Garden – featuring Train Company sponsored by L.R.B. Distributors, Inc. 800 block of Main St. downtown. Stage sound sponsored by Illinois Valley Rides.

 

8:00 p.m. FESTIVAL QUEEN PAGEANT on the First State Stage on Rt. 34 downtown.

 

ALL DAY- Tennis Tournament Singles and Doubles, Junior Division, sponsored by Goslin Drug, take place at the Tennis Courts at Mendota High School on Rt. 52 North. Download info and registration form.

 

 

Saturday, August 13th

 

Illinois Valley Cycling Association presents, “Sweet Corn Century Bicycle Ride”. Registration and ride begin at 6:00 a.m. at Mendota Community Hospital. Three different loops of 25, 35, and 42 miles each around Mendota. Ride each or all as many times as you would like. Each loop begins and ends at the hospital. Food and drinks provided. For more information go to www.bikeiv.org. Ride is held in conjunction with Mendota Community Hospital’s “Cornapalooza” Run/Walk.

 

8:00 a.m. Mendota Community Hospital presents “Cornapalooza”, a 5K/10K Run & 5K Fitness Walk. Race begins and ends at Mendota Community Hospital. Awards, giveaways, and great corny food for participants. For more information or an application go to www.mendotahospital.org or call 815-539-7461 ext. 3209. Proceeds benefit Mendota Community Hospital Foundation.

 

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Crafters Market Place & Flea Market. Over 200 dealers in two locations- Veteran’s Park on Rt. 34 in downtown Mendota and the Elks Club parking lot on Indiana Ave. & Jefferson St., just ½ block north of Veteran’s Park.

 

9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.American Red Cross blood drive on the corner of Indiana Ave. & Jefferson St. “Help Fill the Blood Bank” is designed to encourage Americans to help save lives through regular blood donations. For an appointment, please call the American Red Cross at 1.800.GIVE-LIFE ext. 5.

 

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. -Jason Huneke- Performing magic and comedy on the First State Stage downtown. Check out his original juggling, magic and comedy skills!  Sponsored by the Mendota Optimist Club.

 

10:30 a.m. – Mini Royalty Pageant – 5 year olds competing to wear the crown of Mini King & Queen of Mendota’s Annual Sweet Corn Fest, on the First State Stage on Rt. 34 downtown. Sponsored by Plano Molding Company of Mendota. Download registration form here.

 

10:30 a.m. - Carnival, Midway Food & Merchandise Booths and First State Bank Hospitality Tent open for the day.

 

11:00 a.m. “Just for Kix” will perform on the First State Stage downtown. This local girls’ dance team will dazzle you with their precision dance skills and team work. Sponsored by Ekana Nursery & Landscaping.

 

Noon- 7:00 p.m.- DUNK TANK! Come see local clubs and organizations leaders in the dunk tank located in the Elks Club parking lot. Stop by and dunk your favorite person once or twice! Sponsored by Prescott Brothers, Inc.

 

Noon – 3:00 p.m. EngelArt Face Painting, professional artists will be available to transform you into your favorite animal or superhero for the day. FREE, near the corner of Washington & Indiana Ave. Sponsored by Bay Valley Foods and Prairie Land Millwright, Inc.

 

12:30-2:00-4:00 p.m. – 3 SHOWSMr. D’s House of Magic and Illusion. See the amazing Magic House on wheels! Show includes live animals, illusions, balloons and comedy all blended into wholesome family entertainment. This event is sponsored by Advanced Drainage Systems and A.J. Gallagher & Company.

 

2:00 p.m. – 6th Annual Sweet Corn Festival Food Contest, sponsored by Illinois Frame, Inc. All categories of food must be made with sweet corn and prepared in advance. Judging will be held at 2:00 p.m. sharp in the Mendota Elks Lodge, 707 Indiana Ave. downtown. Entry forms available at the Mendota Chamber or here.

 

3:30 p.m. Canine Demonstration, coordinated by Mendota Police Department. Indiana Ave. near Mendota Elks Lodge.  Sponsored by Kurt Bruno State Farm Insurance.

 

3:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m. Join The Poochamungas for rollicking fun music the whole family will partake in on the First State Stage downtown.  A large band with a big sound that's unique and familiar at the same time. Audience participation is guaranteed!

Sponsored by Holland & Sons- John Deere. 

 

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Dallas Stamberger will be playing a mix of 50s, 60s, Blues and Country near the First State Bank Hospitality Tent. Sponsored by Caterpillar, Inc.

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. The StingRay’s, playing 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s Rock & Roll on the First State Stage downtown. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy a concert under the stars courtesy of HCC, Inc.

 

7:30- Midnight – Beer Garden, featuring “Road Angel” – 800 Block of Main Street downtown. Sponsored by ADM Co.

 

ALL DAY- Tennis Tournament Doubles, Adult Division, sponsored by Goslin Drug, take place at the Tennis Courts at Mendota High School on Rt. 52 north. Download info and registration form.

 

Sunday, August 14th

 

9:00 a.m. – Crafters Market Place & Flea Market- over 200 dealers in 2 locations, Veteran’s Park on Rt. 34 and the Mendota Elks Club Parking Lot & Jefferson St, located just ½ block north of Veterans Park.

 

9:00 a.m -10:00 a.m. The Right Track Christian Outreach Center will be performing on the parade reviewing stand on Rt. 34 on the north side of Veteran’s Park.

 

10:30 a.m. Food Booths, featuring festival, ethnic and regional delights, and a variety of merchandise booths, and First State Bank Hospitality Tent open for the day.

 

11:00 a.m. - Carnival, Illinois Valley Rides, featuring rides, games and treats, opens for the day.

 

Noon The Jesse White Tumblers will give a special high-flying performance in front of the Mendota Elks Club on Indiana Ave. Sponsored by Mendota Agri-Products and Phalen Steel Construction Company.

 

1:00 p.m. SWEET CORN FESTIVAL GRAND PARADE… Featuring floats, bands, antique & classic autos, Shiners, and more! Special highlights…the exciting and energetic Jesse White Tumblers, sponsored by Mendota Agri-Products and Phalen Steel, the Blue Saints Drum Corps, sponsored by Eureka Savings Bank, and the Golden Knights Drill Team, sponsored by Black Bros. Company and Mendota Community Hospital.

 

2:00 p.m. FREE SWEET CORN!! Del Monte’s finest served steaming hot! Butter donated by Sullivan’s Foods. Served at the intersection of Illinois Avenue and Jefferson Street downtown.

 

2:00 p.m. 3D Sound will be providing entertainment and music at the intersection of Illinois Avenue and Jefferson Street. Sponsored by Midland States Bank.

 

3:00 p.m. The Blue Saints Drum Corps will perform in front of the Elks Club at 707 Indiana Avenue. Watch their upbeat, exciting performance! Sponsored by Eureka Savings Bank.

 

3:30 p.m. The spectacular Golden Knights Drill Team will perform in front of the Elks Club at 707 Indiana Avenue. You have watched them in the parade; don’t miss this very special performance! Sponsored by Black Bros. Company and Mendota Community Hospital.

 

4:30 p.m. –Sweet Corn Eating Contest sponsored by Northern Illinois Ambulance Billing. Ages 12 and under. First 25 to register will be able to participate. Sign up begins 3:30 p.m. behind the steam engine at the corn serving area on Illinois Ave. MP3 player awarded.

 

ALL DAY – Tennis Tournament Singles, Adult Division, sponsored by Goslin Drug, at the Tennis Courts at Mendota High School on Rt. 52 north. Download info and registration form.

 

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