MENDOTA - The very popular Crafters Market Place and Flea Market will again be featured at Mendota's Annual Sweet Corn Festival. The dates have been set for Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 12 and 13.
Artists, craftsmen and flea market dealers from around the Midwest are expected to fill the 200 spaces at this year’s event. Reserved spaces for the show are available and applications are being accepted.
Anyone wishing a space must reserve it in advance by calling, e-mailing or writing the Mendota Area Chamber of Commerce office: phone (815) 539-6507, e-mail [email protected], or mail to P.O. Box 620, Mendota, IL 61342.
Spaces are approximately 10 by 10-feet and cost $70 for the weekend. Reserve a space by sending an application and check. The hours will be from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m.–5 p.m. on Sunday. There are also one-day spaces available for Saturday only at $35 per space.
The event will be held at Veterans' Park on Route 34 and in the Mendota Elks Lodge parking lot on Indiana Avenue as well as on the adjacent Jefferson Street. The two show areas are about 1/2 block apart in downtown Mendota, right in the heart of all the Sweet Corn Festival activities.
Dealers are asked to provide their own props for display, and no food will be served in the craft and flea market areas. The event is open to the public at no charge.
The Mendota Chamber also has street booth space for the 3 1/2 days of the Fest for food, merchandise and commercial vendors. These spaces are on the midways, beginning at $200 for a 10-foot frontage for the entire festival.
This year marks the 70th Annual Sweet Corn Festival held in Mendota. The midways will open Thursday, Aug. 10 at 6 p.m. and the festival will continue through Sunday evening Aug. 13. A detailed calendar of events will be listed on their website at www.sweetcornfestival.com. The Sweet Corn Festival is one of the largest harvest festivals in the state and attracts over 55,000 people. It climaxes on Sunday with the serving of over 50 tons of FREE hot buttered Del Monte sweet corn.
The Mendota Area Chamber of Commerce invites everyone to help the community celebrate their 70th Annual Corn Fest Aug. 10-13.