Sign up begins for Mendota Sweet Corn Festival Crafters’ Marketplace & Flea Market


MENDOTA - The very popular Crafters Market Place and Flea Market will again be featured at Mendota's 72nd Annual Sweet Corn Festival. The dates for the market have been set for Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 10-11.  

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 now 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, [email protected], or P.O. Box 620, Mendota, IL 61342.

Spaces are approximately 10 by 10-feet and cost $70 for the weekend. Sending in an application and check will reserve your space. The hours will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. There are also one day spaces available for Saturday only costing $35 per space.

The event will be held in Veterans Park on Rt. 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, both 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, commercial vendors, etc. These spaces are on the midways, beginning at $200 for a 10-foot frontage for the 3-1/2 days.

This year marks the 72nd Annual Sweet Corn Festival held in Mendota. The midways will open Thursday, Aug. 8 at 6 p.m. and the festival will continue through Sunday evening Aug. 11. A detailed calendar of events can be found 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.


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