Located in Downtown Mendota, Illinois
August 12 - 15, 2021
Sweet Corn Festival
Aug 12 - 15, 2021
Daily Festival Schedule

For more information on one of our great events, please select an event from the list below:


Events for Thursday, August 12, 2021

3:30 - 5:30 PM

A Special Afternoon for Special Kids

Location: Carnival Midway

The Carnival will be open for a private armband for anyone with Special Needs and their immediate family. Please call the Mendota Area Chamber of Commerce at 815.539.6507 for more details.


6:00 - 10:00 PM

Carnival Midway Open

Carnival Midway Opens to Public. Unlimited ride special $25.00

6:00 - 10:00 PM

Food and Merchandise Booths Open

featuring festival, ethnic, and regional delights

7:00 - 9:00 PM

The Valley Katz

Location: First State Bank Stage





Events for Friday, August 13, 2021

10:30 AM

Youth division tennis tournament

Location: Mendota High School tennis courts located at 2300 West Main St.

All day event.  Youth division tennis tournament sponsored by OSF Saint Paul Medical Center. Tournament takes place at the Mendota High School Tennis Courts located at 2300 West Main St.  



10:30 - 11:00 PM

Food & Merchandise Booth Open

Food Booths featuring festival, ethnic and regional delights, and a variety of Merchandise Booths, & First State Bank Hospitality Tent open for the day.

11:00 - 1:00 PM

Dallas Stamberger

Location: First State Bank Hospitality Tent

 Dallas Stamberger will be playing a mix of 50s, 60s, blues & country in the First State Bank Hospitality Tent.

12:00 - 10:30 PM

Carnival Midway Open

Carnival Midway Open to Public.
Unlimited Ride Specials
Noon - 4pm $25
6pm - 10pm $30

2:00 - 4:00 PM

The Electrixx

Location: First State Bank Kasasa Hospitality Tent

The Electrixx in the First State Bank Hospitality Tent.

4:30 - 6:30 PM

The Electrixx

Location: First State Bank Kasasa Hospitality Tent

The Electrixx in the First State Bank Hospitality Tent.

6:30 - 7:00 PM

We The Least

Location: First State Bank Stage

Pre-pageant Entertainment

7:30 PM

Beer Garden Opens

Beer Garden featuring entertainment from Greenfield Station.

7:30 - 9:00 PM

2021 Sweet Corn Queen Pageant

Location: First State Bank Stage

Sweet Corn Queen Pageant on the First State Bank Stage on Rt. 34 downtown with pre pageant and intermission entertainment featuring We The Least a local Mendota fan favorite! 

Events for Saturday, August 14, 2021

9:00 AM

3 on 3 Basketball Tournament

Location: Strouss Park

All Day Event.  For more information or an application visit www.sweetcornfestival.com or contact the Mendota Chamber Office 815-539-6507.

9:00 - 5:00 PM

Crafters Market Place & Flea Market

Location: Veteran''s Park on Rt. 34 in downtown Mendota and the Elks Club parking lot on Indiana Ave. & Jefferson St.

Over 200 vendors in two locations. Crafters Market Place & Flea Market. Over 200 vendors in town locations. Veteran’s Park on Rt. 34 in downtown Mendota and the Elks Club parking lot on Indiana Ave. & Jefferson St. just ½ block north of Veteran’s Park. 

10:00 AM

Mini Royalty Pageant 2021

Location: First State Bank Stage

Mini Royalty Pageant five-year old’s competing to wear the crown of Mini King & Queen of Mendota’s Annual Sweet Corn Festival, on the First State Bank Stage on R. 34 downtown. Sponsored by: Plano Molding Company.

10:30 AM

Adult division tennis tournament doubles

Location: Mendota High School tennis courts located at 2300 West Main St.

All Day - Adult doubles tennis tournament sponsored by OSF Saint Paul Medical Center. Tournament takes place at the Mendota High School Tennis Courts located at 2300 West Main St.

10:30 AM

First State Bank Kasasa Hospitality Tent Opens

Frist State Bank Hospitality Tent open for the day.

10:30 AM

Food & Merchandise Booth Open

Food Booths, featuring festival, ethnic, and regional delights, and a variety of Merchandise Booths

10:30 AM

Magic Matt

Location: Strolling

All Day - Performing his Strolling Magic & Balloon Artistry downtown Mendota.

11:00 - 1:00 PM

Nicodemus

Location: First State Bank Hospitality Tent

Nicodemus musical performance in the First State Bank Hospitality Tent.


11:00 - 10:30 PM

Carnival Midway Open

Carnival Midway Open
Unlimited Ride Specials
Noon - 4pm $25
6pm - 10pm $30

11:30 - 1:30 PM

Steve Cirqua

Location: First State Bank Stage

Steve Cirqua musical performance on First State Bank Stage

12:00 - 2:00 PM

Lica Lorraine

Location: intersection of Washington St. and 8th Avenue

Lica Lorraine will enchant people of all ages with her timeless balloon designs and sparkly personality! From amazing your child with their favorite animal or surprising your loved one with hearts and flowers, she creates it all! At the intersection of Washington St. and 8th Avenue. Sponsored by: Central Bank Illinois.

12:00 - 3:00 PM

Free Face Painting

Location: Near the corner of Washington St. & Indiana Ave.

Free Face Painting Professional artists will be available to transform you into your favorite animal or superhero for the day. Near the corner of Washington St. & Indiana Ave. Sponsored by: Advanced Drainage Systems (ADS) and Mendota Area YMCA.

12:00 - 4:00 PM

Mr. Steve

Location: Corner of Illinois Ave. and Jefferson St.

Mr. Steve-includes music, magic, balloons and comedy all blended into wholesome family entertainment. Located on the corner or Illinois Ave. and Jefferson St.

2:00 PM

Annual Sweet Corn Festival Food Contest

Annual Sweet Corn Festival Food Contest. All categories of food must be made with sweet corn and prepared in advanced. Judging will be help at 2:00pm in the Mendota Elks Lodge, 707 Indiana Ave. downtown. Entry forms are available at the Mendota Chamber Office.

2:00 PM

Mr. Steve

Location: Corner of Illinois Ave. and Jefferson St.

Mr. Steve-includes music, magic, balloons and comedy all blended into wholesome family entertainment. Located on the corner or Illinois Ave. and Jefferson St.

2:30 - 4:30 PM

TBA Performance

Location: First State Bank Kasasa Hospitality Tent

TBA performance in the First State Bank Hospitality Tent.

3:00 - 5:00 PM

Matt & Kat

Location: First State Bank Stage

Matt & Kat musical performance on the First State Bank Stage. Sponsored by: Dr. Tara N. VanDeWyngaerde OD PC.

3:30 PM

Canine Demonstration

Location: Located on Indiana Ave near the Mendota Elks Lodge

K9 Demonstration coordinated by the Mendota Police Department. Located on Indiana Avenue and Jefferson Street Sponsored By: Kurt Bruno State Farm

4:00 PM

Mr. Steve

Location: corner of Illinois Ave. and Jefferson St.

Mr. Steve-includes music, magic, balloons and comedy all blended into wholesome family entertainment. Located on the corner or Illinois Ave. and Jefferson St.

5:00 - 7:00 PM

Andrew Blomquist

Location: First State Bank Hospitality Tent

Andrew Blomquist musical performance in the First State Bank Hospitality Tent. 

7:30 PM

Beer Garden

Featuring Eric Chesser 

Events for Sunday, August 15, 2021

9:00 - 5:00 PM

Crafters Market Place & Flea Market

Location: Veteran''s Park on Rt. 34 in downtown Mendota and the Elks Club parking lot on Indiana Ave. & Jefferson St.

Crafters Market Place & Flea Market. Over 200 vendors in town locations. Veteran’s Park on Rt. 34 in downtown Mendota and the Elks Club parking lot on Indiana Ave. & Jefferson St. just ½ block north of Veteran’s Park.

12:00 - 12:30 AM

The Jesse White Tumblers

Location: in front of the Mendota Elks Lodge on Indiana Ave

The Jesse White Tumblers special high-flying performance in front of the Mendota Elks Lodge on Indiana Ave.

12:00 - 6:00 PM

Carnival Midway Open

Carnival Midway Open
Unlimited Ride Specials
1pm - 6pm $30

1:00 PM

SWEET CORN FESTIVAL GRAND PARADE

SWEET CORN FESTIVAL GRAND PARADE Featuring floats, bands, antique & classic vehicles, Shriners and more! Special highlights include The Jesse White Tumblers and The South Shore Drill Team.


2:00 PM

FREE SWEET CORN!

Location: Served at the intersection of Illinois Ave & Jefferson St.

FREE SWEET CORN! Served at the intersection of Illinois Ave & Jefferson St. 

Pricing: FREE

3:30 - 4:00 PM

The South Shore Drill Team

Location: in front of the Mendota Elks Lodge at 707 Indiana Ave.

The South Shore Drill Team will perform in front of the Mendota Elks Lodge at 707 Indiana Ave. You have watched them in the parade, don’t miss this very special performance!

* Schedule is subject to change without notice.

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