Located in Downtown Mendota, Illinois
August 8 - 11, 2019
Sweet Corn Festival
Aug 8 - 11, 2019
Daily Festival Schedule

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


Events for Thursday, August 8, 2019

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.

Registration is required to get an idea of how many we should expect: sweetcornfestival.com


6:00 - 10:00 PM

Carnival Midway Open to Public

Location: Carnival Midway

Carnival and Midway open to the general public. Unlimited Ride Special from 6-10pm for $25 each.

6:00 - 10:00 PM

Food Booths Open

featuring festival, ethnic, and regional delights

7:00 PM

The Valley Katz

Location: First State Bank Stage

The Valley Katz performance on the First State Bank Stage. Sponsored by: Triple Service Plumbing, Heating, & Cooling.
The Valley Katz are a very talented group of veteran musicians who will feature covers by Elvis, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Buddy Holly and more.




Events for Friday, August 9, 2019

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 AM

First State Bank Kasasa Hospitality Tent Opens


10:30 AM

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.

10:30 - 10:00 PM

Magic Matt

Location: Strolling

Magic Matt performing his Strolling Magic & Balloon Artistry downtown Mendota. Sponsored by: Kaleel Law Firm & Holland & Sons

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. Sponsored by Edward Jones Investment Services.

12:00 - 10:30 PM

Carnival Midway Opens

Unlimited ride specials from noon-4pm and 6-10pm

2:00 - 4:00 PM

The Acoustix

Location: First State Bank Kasasa Hospitality Tent

 The Acoustix performance in the First State Bank Hospitality Tent. Sponsored by: Ekana Nursey & Landscaping. 

4:30 - 6:00 PM

The Acoustix

Location: First State Bank Kasasa Hospitality Tent

 The Acoustix performance in the First State Bank Hospitality Tent. Sponsored by: Mendota Moose Family Center. 

7:30 PM

Sweet Corn Queen Pageant

Location: First State Bank Stage

Sweet Corn Queen Pageant on the First State Bank Stage on Rt. 34 downtown with intermission entertainment featuring the Clef Hangers the first mixed a Capella group on the Illinois State University campus founded in 2008. Sponsored by Eureka Savings Bank. 

7:30 - 0:00 AM

Beer Garden Opens

Beer Garden featuring entertainment from Big Uproar. Sponsored by ADM Grain Company & Euclid Beverage.

Events for Saturday, August 10, 2019

8:00 AM

Cornapalooza

“CornaPalooza” a 5K/10K Run & 5K Fitness Walk. The race starts/ends at Lake Mendota. Participants will encounter rural Mendota and its rolling hills & 1 mile of trail. Awards, giveaways & food provided for all those who participate. For more information, a registration form, or to register online visit www.sweetcornfestival.com. Proceeds from this event benefit OSF Saint Paul Foundation.


9:00 - 2:00 PM

American Red Cross Blood Drive

Location: corner of Indiana Ave & Jefferson St.

American Red Cross Blood Drive on the corner of Indiana Ave & Jefferson St. “Help fill the Blood Bank” is designed to encourage Americans to help save lives through regular blood donations. For an appointment, please call the American Red Cross at 1-800-GIVE-LIFE, ext 5.


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

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.

10:00 - 8:00 PM

Art Show & Sale

Location: Inside of Setchell Studios on Washington St.

Art Show & Sale featuring the work of artists within our local region inside Setchell Studio located at 723 Washington St. Sponsored by: North Central Illinois ARTworks.

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 - 5:00 PM

Magic Matt

Location: Strolling

All Day - Magic Matt-Performing his Strolling Magic & Balloon Artistry downtown Mendota. Sponsored by: Schimmer GM.

11:00 AM

Nicodemus

Location: First State Bank Hospitality Tent

Nicodemus musical performance in the First State Bank Hospitality Tent. Sponsored by: Barkman Concrete Construction Company


11:30 AM

De Colores Folkloric Group

Location: First State Bank Stage

Ballet Folklorico de Colores brings an exciting performance where culture, art, dance and music make the perfect combination. Come see traditional dances from various regions of Mexico. The group will be performing on the First State Bank Stage. Sponsored by: El Zarape Mexican/American Restaurant and El Rey Del Taco.

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.

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, Quality Inn & Suites, & Mendota Area Y

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. Sponsored by: McDonald’s

12:00 - 10:30 PM

Carnival Midway Opens

Carnival opens for the day. Unlimited ride specials from noon-4pm and 6-10pm.


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 from available at the Mendota Chamber Office or online at www.sweetcornfestival.com. Sponsored by Rosati’s’ Pizza Pub of Mendota

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. Sponsored by: McDonald’s.

2:30 - 4:30 PM

Steve Cerqua

Location: First State Bank Kasasa Hospitality Tent

Steve Cerqua acoustic guitar performance in the First State Bank Hospitality Tent. Sponsored by: Diversifoam Products

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. Sponsored by: McDonald’s

5:00 - 7:00 PM

Andrew Blomquist

Location: First State Bank Hospitality Tent

Andrew Blomquist performance in the First State Bank Hospitality Tent. Sponsored by: The Lions Club of Mendota

6:00 - 8:00 PM

Chugs and Austin

Location: First State Bank Stage

Chugs and Austin performance on the First State Bank Stage. Sponsored by: Prairie Land Millwright Services, Inc.

7:30 - 0:00 AM

Beer Garden Opens

Featuring She's A Maybe. Sponsored by: G & M Distributors and Drive America.

Events for Sunday, August 11, 2019

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.

10:30 AM

Adult division tennis tournament singles

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

All Day - Adult tennis tournament singles 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 - 5:00 PM

Magic Matt

Location: Strolling

All Day - Performing his Strolling Magic & Balloon Artistry downtown Mendota. Sponsored by: Merritt Funeral Home & Walter Bros Plumbing Heating & Cooling.

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. Sponsored by: Phalen Steel Construction Company, Mendota Agri Products and Midland States Bank. 

12:00 - 2:00 PM

Lica Lorraine

Location: At the 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: Rainbow Travel 

12:00 - 2:00 PM

The Acoustix

Location: First State Bank Kasasa Hospitality Tent

The Acoustix performance in the First State Bank Hospitality Tent Sponsored by: First Federal Savings Bank.

12:00 - 6:00 PM

Carnival Midway Opens

Carnival opens for the day. (Unlimited Ride armband from 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

3D Sound

Location: intersection of Illinois Ave & Jefferson St.

3D Sound will be providing entertainment & music at the intersection of Illinois Ave. & Jefferson St. Sponsored by: Midland States Bank

2:00 PM

FREE SWEET CORN!

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

FREE SWEET CORN! Del Monte’s finest served steaming hot! Served at the intersection of Illinois Ave & Jefferson St. 

Pricing: FREE

3:00 - 5:00 PM

The Acoustix

Location: First State Bank Kasasa Hospitality Tent

The Acoustix performance in the First State Bank Hospitality Tent. Sponsored by: Mauch Carpentry, Inc.

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! Sponsored by: Black Brothers Co., Financial Plus Credit Union, Prescott Brothers Inc., & Starved Rock Wood Products.  

* Schedule is subject to change without notice.

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