MENDOTA — The very popular Crafters Market Place and Flea Market will again be featured at Mendota's annual Sweet Corn Festival on Aug. 10 and 11.
More than 200 artists, craftsmen and flea market dealers are expected for the show. Reserved spaces are available and they will try to keep areas for craft and flea market separated.
Anyone wishing a space must reserve it in advance by contacting the Mendota Area Chamber of Commerce office at 815-539-6507, by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to P.O. Box 620, Mendota, IL 61342.
Spaces are approximately 10-by-10-feet and are $70 for the weekend. Sending a check will reserve a space.
Show hours are 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. There are also one-day spaces available for Saturday only at $35 per space.
The event will be held in Veterans' Park on Route 34 and in the Mendota Elks Club parking lot on Indiana Avenue as well as on the adjacent Jefferson Street. The two show areas are about half a block apart and are 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.
This year marks the 66th annual Sweet Corn Festival in Mendota. The midways will open at 6 p.m. Aug. 8 and the festival will continue through Aug. 11. 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 more than 55,000 people. It climaxes on Sunday with the serving of more than 50 tons of free hot buttered Del Monte sweet corn.