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Annual Sweet Corn Festival set for Aug. 7-10 in Mendota

Published: Wednesday, June 25, 2014 11:00 a.m. CDT

MENDOTA — Tons of free, hot, buttered, delicious Del Monte sweet corn will be the highlight of the 67th annual Sweet Corn Festival to be held in Mendota on Aug. 7, 8, 9 and 10.

The Mendota Area Chamber of Commerce is preparing for the gigantic undertaking of hosting more than 60,000 visitors, who consume nearly 50 tons of sweet corn during the festival weekend.

Don’t miss the excitement for the festival offers a variety of entertainment events for the entire family. The events take place primarily in the downtown area, and with the exception of the beer garden, have no admission fees or parking fees.

Free musical entertainment is in abundance. The Crafters Market Place and flea market features more than 200 dealers in handmade crafts and unique merchandise. There is a queen pageant, beer garden with live bands, grand parade and a carnival with rides and games for both adults and children, plus much more.

The midways are lined with food booths, featuring a multitude of ethnic, regional and festival foods, but the “BIG EVENT” is the serving of the free Del Monte sweet corn on Sunday afternoon. For more than 65 years, it has been cooked to its golden goodness with the help of a vintage steam engine.

If you would like to take some of the memories of Mendota’s Sweet Corn Festival home with you, the Mendota Chamber will be selling fresh Del Monte sweet corn by the bag on Friday, Saturday and Sunday during the festival.

The good times are waiting, the welcome mat is out, come to Mendota for one of the Midwest’s oldest and largest harvest festivals, the 66th annual Sweet Corn Festival.

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