Corn is ready for Mendota Sweet Corn Festival

Getting ready for this year's Sweet Corn Festival are, left to right, front row, Kate Fox, Mendota Area Chamber of Commerce president; Abby Fancher, Chamber chair of the board; Tom Cruger, Del Monte director controller; Amy Lewis, 2018 Sweet Corn Festival Queen; Michelle Wade, Chamber past chair; Denise Burnette, Chamber treasurer; back row, Ben Zendeli, Chamber secretary; and Taylor Olsen, Chamber 1st chair. (Reporter photo by Jennifer Sommer)

Events begin on Thursday, Aug. 8

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Thursday, Aug. 8

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. Please call the Mendota Area Chamber of Commerce at 815.539.6507 for more details. Registration is required to get an idea of how many to expect: sweetcornfestival.co

6-10 p.m. – Carnival Midway Open to Public. Carnival and Midway open to the general public. Unlimited Ride Special from 6-10 p.m. for $25 each.

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

7 p.m. – The Valley Katz performance on the First State Bank Stage. The Valley Katz are a very talented group of veteran musicians who will feature covers by Elvis, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Buddy Holly and more.

Friday, Aug. 9

10:30 a.m. – Youth division tennis tournament: All day event. Youth division tennis tournament. Tournament takes place at the Mendota High School Tennis Courts located at 2300 West Main St.

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

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

10:30 a.m.-10 p.m. – Magic Matt performing his strolling magic & balloon artistry downtown Mendota.

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

Noon-10:30 p.m. – Carnival Midway Opens. Unlimited ride specials from noon-4 p.m. and 6-10 p.m.

2-4 p.m. & 4:30-6 p.m. – The Acoustix performance in the First State Bank Hospitality Tent.

7:30 p.m. – Sweet Corn Queen Pageant on the First State Bank Stage on Rt. 34 downtown with intermission entertainment featuring the Clef Hangers, the first mixed a Capella group on the Illinois State University campus, founded in 2008.

7:30 p.m. – Beer Garden opens featuring entertainment from ‘Big Uproar.’

Saturday, Aug. 10

8 a.m. – “CornaPalooza” 5K/10K Run & 5K Fitness Walk. The race starts/ends at Lake Mendota. Participants will encounter rural Mendota and its rolling hills & 1 mile of trail. Awards, giveaways & food provided for all those who participate. For more information, a registration form, or to register online visit www.sweetcornfestival. com. Proceeds from this event benefit OSF Saint Paul Foundation.

9 a.m.-2 p.m. – American Red Cross Blood Drive on the corner of Indiana Avenue & Jefferson Street. “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 a.m.-5 p.m. – Crafters Market Place & Flea Market. Over 200 vendors 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.

10 a.m. – Mini Royalty Pageant. 5-year olds competing to wear the crown of Mini King & Queen of Mendota’s Annual Sweet Corn Festival, on the First State Bank Stage on R. 34 downtown.

10 a.m.-8 p.m. – Art Show & Sale featuring the work of artists within our local region inside Setchell Studio located at 723 Washington St.

10:30 a.m. – Adult division tennis tournament doubles. Tournament takes place at the Mendota High School tennis courts located at 2300 W. Main St.

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

10:30 a.m. – Food & Merchandise Booths open featuring festival, ethnic, and regional delights, and a variety of merchandise booths

10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. – Magic Matt performing his strolling magic & balloon artistry downtown Mendota.

11 a.m. – Nicodemus musical performance in the First State Bank Hospitality Tent.

11:30 a.m. – Ballet Folklorico de Colores brings an exciting performance where culture, art, dance and music make the perfect combination. Come see traditional dances from various regions of Mexico. The group will be performing on the First State Bank Stage.

Noon-2 p.m. – Lica Lorraine will enchant people of all ages with her timeless balloon designs and sparkly personality! From amazing your child with their favorite animal or surprising your loved one with hearts and flowers, she creates it all! At the intersection of Washington Street and 8th 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 & Indiana Avenue.

Noon, 2 p.m., 4 p.m. – Mr. Steve performance includes music, magic, balloons and comedy all blended into wholesome family entertainment.

Noon-10:30 p.m. – Carnival opens for the day. Unlimited ride specials from noon-4 p.m. and 6-10 p.m.

2 p.m. – Annual Sweet Corn Festival Food Contest. All categories of food must be made with sweet corn and prepared in advanced. Judging will be held at 2 p.m. at the Mendota Elks Lodge, 707 Indiana Ave., downtown. Entry form available at the Mendota Chamber Office or online at www. sweetcornfestival.com.

2:30 - 4:30 p.m. – Steve Cerqua acoustic guitar performance in the First State Bank Hospitality Tent. Sponsored by: Diversifoam Products

3-5 p.m. – Matt & Kat musical performance on the First State Bank Stage.

3:30 p.m. – K9 Demonstration coordinated by the Mendota Police Department. Located on Indiana Avenue and Jefferson Street.

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

6-8 p.m. – Chugs and Austin performance on the First State Bank Stage.

7:30 p.m. – Beer Garden opens, featuring ‘She’s A Maybe.’

Sunday, Aug. 11

9 a.m.-5 p.m. – Crafters Market Place & Flea Market. Over 200 vendors 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.

10:30 a.m. – All Day - Adult tennis tournament singles. Tournament takes place at the Mendota High School tennis courts located at 2300 W. Main St.

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

10:30 a.m. – Food & Merchandise Booths open featuring festival, ethnic, and regional delights, and a variety of merchandise booths.

10:30 – 5 p.m. – Magic Matt performing his Strolling Magic & Balloon Artistry downtown Mendota.

Noon – The Jesse White Tumblers special high-flying performance in front of the Mendota Elks Lodge on Indiana Avenue.

Noon-2 p.m. – Lica Lorraine will enchant people of all ages with her timeless balloon designs and sparkly personality! From amazing your child with their favorite animal or surprising your loved one with hearts and flowers, she creates it all! At the intersection of Washington Street and 8th Avenue.

Noon-2 p.m. – The Acoustix performance in the First State Bank Hospitality Tent.

Noon-6 p.m. – Carnival opens for the day. (Unlimited Ride armband from 1-6 p.m. $30)

1 p.m. – SWEET CORN FESTIVAL GRAND PARADE Featuring floats, bands, antique & classic vehicles, Shriners and more! Special highlights include The Jesse White Tumblers and The South Shore Drill Team.

2 p.m. – 3D Sound will be providing entertainment & music at the intersection of Illinois Avenue & Jefferson Street.

2 p.m. – FREE SWEET CORN! Del Monte’s finest served steaming hot! Served at the intersection of Illinois Avenue & Jefferson Street.

3-5 p.m. – The Acoustix 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 at 707 Indiana Ave. You have watched them in the parade, don’t miss this very special performance!

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