75th annual Sweet Corn Festival set for Aug. 11-14


MENDOTA – The 75th annual Mendota Sweet Corn Festival will be held Aug. 11-14. The schedule for the festival is as follows:

THURSDAY, AUG. 11

3:30 - 5:30 p.m. - A Special Afternoon for Special Kids. The carnival will be open for a private armband for anyone with special needs and their immediate family. Call the Mendota Area Chamber of Commerce at 815-539-6507 for details.

5 - 7 p.m. - The Acoustix performing in the First State Bank Hospitality Tent.

6-10 p.m. - Carnival Midway open. The carnival Midway is open to the public. Thursday night Unlimited Ride special for $30.

6-10 p.m. - Food & Merchandise Booths open. Featuring festival, ethnic and regional delights.

7 p.m. - Spring Valley Municipal Band performance on the First State Bank Stage.

FRIDAY, AUG. 12

All Day - Magic Matt performing his strolling magic & balloon artistry downtown Mendota.

10:30 a.m. - 11 p.m. - Food & Merchandise Booths open. Featuring festival, ethnic and regional delights, and a variety of merchandise. First State Bank Hospitality Tent opens for opens for the day.

11 a.m. - 1 p.m. - Dallas Stamberger will be playing a mix of 50s, 60s, blues & country music in the First State Bank Hospitality Tent.

Noon-10:30 p.m. - Carnival Midway open. Unlimited ride specials. Noon-4 p.m., $30; 6-10 p.m., $35.

2 - 4 p.m. - The Acoustix musical performance in the First State Bank Hospitality Tent.

6:45 - 7:15 p.m. - Mendota High School Band with pre-pageant entertainment on the First State Bank Stage.

7:30 p.m. - Sweet Corn Festival Queen Pageant on the First State Bank Stage on Route 34 in downtown Mendota. Intermission entertainment by the Mendota High School Band.

7:30 p.m. - 12:30 a.m. - Beer Garden opens, featuring entertainment from Written Warning.

SATURDAY, AUG. 13

9 a.m. - Bags Tournament takes place in the Beer Garden area located on Main Street. For more information or an application visit www.sweetcornfestival.com or contact the Mendota Chamber Office.

9 a.m.-5 p.m. - Crafters Market Place & Flea Market. Located at Veterans Park on Route 34 in downtown Mendota and the Mendota Elks Lodge parking lot at Indiana Avenue and Jefferson Street.

10 a.m. - Mini-Royalty Pageant on the First State Bank Stage in downtown Mendota. Young girls and boys competing to wear the crown of Mini King & Queen.

10:30 a.m. - Food & Merchandise Booths open for the day. Featuring festival, ethnic and regional delights, and a variety of merchandise.

11 a.m. - Magic Matt performing his strolling magic & balloon artistry downtown Mendota.

11 a.m. - 1 p.m. - Nicodemus musical performance in the First State Bank Hospitality Tent.

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. - Steve Cirqua musical performance on the First State Bank Stage.

Noon - 10:30 p.m. - Carnival Midway open. Unlimited ride specials. Noon-4 p.m., $30; 6-10 p.m., $35.

Noon -2 p.m. - Lica Lorraine will enchant people of all ages with her timeless balloon designs and sparkly personality, at the intersection of Washington Street and Eighth Avenue.

Noon-3 p.m. - Free Face Painting professional artists will be available to transform you into your favorite animal or superhero for the day. Near the corner of Washington Street and Indiana Avenue.

Noon/2p.m./ 4 p.m. - Mr. Steve performance includes music, magic, balloons and comedy all blended into wholesome family entertainment. At the corner of Illinois Ave. and Jefferson St.

2 p.m. - Sweet Corn Festival Food Contest. All categories of food must be made with sweet corn and prepared in advance. Judging at 2 p.m. at Mendota Elks Lodge. Entry forms available at Mendota Chamber office.

2:30- 4:30 p.m. - Musical performance in the First State Bank Hospitality Tent

3:30 - 5:30 p.m. - Silvertone Junction musical performance on the First State Bank Stage.

3:30 - 6:30 p.m. - The Valley Katz musical performance on in the Beer Garden.

5 - 7 p.m. - Andrew Blomquist musical performance in the First State Bank Hospitality Tent.

7 p.m. - De Colores, a youth Mexican Folk dance group will introduce culture and heritage by celebrating their background by performing Northern Region, Jalisco & Costa de Nayarit dances on the First State Bank stage on Rt. 34.

7:30 p.m. - Midnight - Abbynormal musical performance in the Beer Garden.

8 - 10 p.m. - Mariachi Real Tecalitalan, a live 6-member mariachi band will perform on the First State Bank Stage.

SUNDAY, AUG. 14

All Day - Magic Matt performing his strolling magic & balloon artistry downtown Mendota.

9 a.m.-5 p.m. - Crafters Market Place & Flea Market. Located at Veterans Park on Route 34 in downtown Mendota and the Mendota Elks Lodge parking lot at Indiana Avenue and Jefferson Street.

10:30 a.m. - First State Bank Hospitality Tent opens.

10:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. - Food & Merchandise Booths open for the day. Featuring festival, ethnic and regional delights, and a variety of merchandise.

11 a.m. - 1 p.m. - The Acoustix musical performance in the First State Bank Hospitality Tent.

Noon-6 p.m. - Carnival Midway open. Unlimited ride specials, 1-6 p.m., $35.

Noon -2 p.m. - Lica Lorraine will enchant people of all ages with her timeless balloon designs and sparkly personality, at the intersection of Washington Street and Eighth Avenue.

Noon - 12:30 p.m. - The Jesse White Tumblers special high-flying performance in front of the Mendota Elks Lodge on Indiana Avenue.

1 p.m. - Sweet Corn Festival Grand Parade. Featuring floats, bands, antique & classic vehicles, Shriners and more!

2 p.m. - Free Sweet Corn! Served at the intersection of Illinois Avenue and Jefferson Street.

2 p.m. - Entertainment and music at the intersection of Illinois Avenue and Jefferson Street.

2 p.m. - 4 p.m. - The Acoustix musical performance in the First State Bank Hospitality Tent.

3:30-4 p.m. - The South Shore Drill Team will perform in front of the Mendota Elks Lodge on Indiana Avenue.

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