DeKalb’s 37th Annual Corn Fest is this Friday thru Sunday, August 29, 30, and 31, 2014. Back downtown for the second year now, the area is already abuzz with the carnival set-up. Corn Fest is one of the last remaining free music festivals among Illinois music festivals and summer festivals in Illinois. The vendors and carnival open first at 3pm Friday and run until 11pm. Wristband hours are 3pm – 7pm and it costs $25.00 for wristband on Friday. The Beer Garden will be open from 5pm -11pm Friday. At 5:30pm The Relics take the main stage. Audiodrive goes on at 7pm and Red Woody begins at 9pm.
On Saturday, the band Hitman takes the main Sound Stage from 12:00noon until 1pm. Johnny and the Boomers play from 1:30-2:30pm. From 3-4pm Big Daddy Woo Woo takes the stage. Destination Unknown goes on from 5pm – 6:30pm, Seventh Heaven from 7-8:30pm and local favorite Hi-Infidelity ends the evening on the main stage from 9-11pm Saturday. On Saturday, Wristband hours are 11am – 3pm — $25.00 for wristband.
On Sunday, Pie Filler will play on the Sound Stage, from 1:30-2:30 listen to Lizzi Neal, from 3-4pm The Chicago Six (1985 Chicago Bears: Otis Wilson, Dan Hamption, and Steve McMichael) and from 4:30-6pm American English, Beatles Tribute band takes the main stage. On Sunday, Wristband hours are 11am – 6pm — $30.00 for wristband.
It costs $55.00 for a Weekend Mega Pass – good for all carnival hours all weekend long. Megapass will be available for purchase from Friday at 3pm until Saturday at noon. The Beer Garden is family friendly; children under 12 must be accompanied by a parent. There is a $5 entry for all those over 12 years of age.
The community stage features local area dance troops, theater groups and music groups such as Suzuki and high school and small bands. The Community Stage schedule can be found here. Autofest runs from 8:00 am to 3:30pm on Saturday, rain or shine, at the City Hall parking lot. Free 1 hr. bus tours of DeKalb will be offered by historian Steve Bigolin in 2 hour intervals on both Saturday and Sunday. Steve will tantalize you with interesting tidbits from DeKalb’s historic past. Bus pick up at the Corner of Grove and 4th St. across the street from the Senior Center.
And of course, Corn Fest wouldn’t be complete without the The Chuck Siebrasse Corn Boil on Saturday August 30th, from 11am – 2pm. Free steamed sweet corn will be given out until 2pm or however long supplies last at the corner of 4th St. and Lincoln Hwy. The Corn Fest website states that ‘Over 100,000 people from around the Midwest attend the event which serves over 70 tons of sweet corn during the weekend!’
Corn Fest will be held in downtown DeKalb on Lincoln Hwy. between 1st and 4th St. and Grove and Locust St. (see Corn Fest Map) The hours of Corn Fest are Friday, August 29th, 3pm-11pm; Saturday, August 30th, 11am-11pm and Sunday, August 31st, 11am-6pm. No coolers, outside alcoholic beverages, motorized vehicles, skateboards, roller blades, or pets allowed at festival (except for service animals).
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