2014 Calendar of Events
Thursday, August 7th
6:00 PM - Carnival Midway & Food Booths Open - Family Night
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM - WGLC/Q Idol Contest w/ Sloppy Joe & Zam Zam
Sponsored by WGLC/Q97.7/103.3 1st and 2nd prizes awarded in each of the following age categories: 5-10 & 11-15. Pre-registration deadline August 1, 2014. Limited spots available, download application at http:/www.wglc.net or http://www.qhitmusic.com.
Friday, August 8th
11:00 AM - Food & Merchandise Vendors & First State Bank Hospitality
Tent opens on the Midway
Noon - Carnival opens for the day - Armband (discount on rides until 4:00 PM)
Noon - 2:00 PM - Magic by Cory will amaze you with his talent! Be sure to find him as he strolls around the midway to show off his magical abilities!
Sponsored by Merritt Funeral Home
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM - Billy the Balloon Guy; FREE to everyone at the corner of Illinois Ave. and Jefferson St. Sponsored by Schimmer GM
7:00 PM - Pre-pageant Entertainment – Follies Theatre Productions, featuring Branson headliner Don Grant Zellmer, performing the Best of the 50’s & 60’s and even some Country. Sponsored by Eureka Savings Bank on the First State Stage on Rt. 34 downtown
7:30 PM - FESTIVAL QUEEN PAGEANT on the First State Stage on RT. 34 downtown with intermission entertainment provided by Follies Theatre Productions. Sponsored by Eureka Savings Bank
7:30 PM - Midnight Beer Garden - featuring "Snapshot". Sponsored by L.R.B. Distributers, Inc., 800 block of Main St. downtown. Stage sound sponsored by Illinois Valley Rides.
ALL DAY - Tennis Tournament, Youth Division, sponsored by Mendota
Community Hospital, takes place at the Tennis Courts at Mendota High School on Rt. 52 north. Applications available on this site or at http:/mendotahospital.org.
Saturday, August 9th
8:00 AM - Mendota Community Hospital presents the 7th Annual "Cornapalooza", a 5K/10K Run & 5K Fit-ness Walk. Race begins and ends at Lake Mendota West Shelter; awards, give-a-ways, and great food for participants. For more information or an application go to www.mendotahospital.org or call 815-539-7461, ext. 3209. Proceeds benefit Mendota Community Hospital Foundation.
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM - Crafters Market Place & Flea Market. Over 200 dealers in two locations. Veteran's Park on Rt. 24 in downtown Mendota and the Elks Club parking lot on Indiana Ave. & Jefferson St., just 1/2 block north of Veteran's Park.
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM - 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.
9:30 AM - Mendota High School Marching Trojans; directed by Matt Holzner, MHS Director of Bands. Sponsored by Ekana Nursery & Landscaping
10:00 AM - Relay for Life Bags Tournament, 800 block of Main St., downtown. Entry fee is $40 per 2 person team. Winner take half of entry fees, double elimination, download registration form here or pick up at Mendota Chamber Office . Must be 21 or over to participate.
10:30 AM - Mini Royalty Pageant. 5 year olds competing to wear the crown of Mini King & Queen of Mendota's Annual Sweet Corn Fest, on the First State Bank Stage on Rt. 34 downtown. Sponsored by Plano Molding Company Entry form available on this site.
11:30 AM - Local artist, Lydia Hill will perform on the First State Stage , following the Mini Royalty Pageant. Stop by and enjoy a mix of modern, country and pop music. Sponsored by the Mendota Optimist Club
Noon - 3:00 PM - Face Painting by Valery, professional artists will be available to transform you into your favorite animal or superhero for the day. FREE, near the corner of Washington St. & Indiana Ave. Sponsored by Advanced Drainage Systems & Prairie Land Millwright, Inc.
12:00-2:00-4:00 PM - 3 Shows – Mr. Steve Show includes music, magic, balloons and comedy all blended into wholesome family entertainment. Located on the corner of Illinois Ave. and Jefferson St. Sponsored by AJ Gallagher & Company
2:00 PM - Annual Sweet Corn Festival Food Contest, sponsored by Illinois Frame Inc. All categories of food must be made with sweet corn and prepared in advance. Judging will be held at 2:00 PM sharp in the Mendota Elks Lodge, 707 Indiana Ave., downtown. Entry form available on this site.
3:30 PM - Canine Demonstration, coordinated by
Mendota Police Department. Indiana Ave. near Mendota Elks Lodge. Sponsored by Kurt Bruno State Farm Insurance
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM - Join Written Warning as they play acoustic favorites from the 70's through today on the First State Stage downtown. Sponsored by Holland & Sons - John Deere
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM - Dallas Stamberger & Hit N Miss will be playing a mix of 50s, 60s, Blues and Country near the First State bank Hospitality Tent. Sponsored by Tom's Printing
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM - The StingRay's, performing 50's, 60's, and 70's Rock n Roll on the First State Stage downtown. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy a concert under the stars courtesy of HCC, Inc.
7:30 PM - Midnight - Beer Garden, featuring Sugar High - 800 Block of Main Street downtown. Sponsored by ADM Company
ALL DAY - Tennis Tournament Doubles, Adult Division, sponsored by Mendota Community Hospital, takes place at the Tennis Courts at Mendota High School on Rt. 52 north. Applications available on this site or at http:/mendotahospital.org .
Sunday, August 10th
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM - Crafters Market Place & Flea Market. Over 200 dealers in two locations. Veteran's Park on Rt. 34 in downtown Mendota and the Elks Club parking lot on Indiana Ave. & Jefferson St., just 1/2 block north of Veteran's Park.
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM - The Right Track Christian Outreach Center. Performing on the parade viewing stand on Rt. 34 on the north side of Veteran's Park.
10:30 AM - Food Booths, featuring festival, ethnic, and regional delights, and a variety of Merchandise Booths, and First State Bank Hospitality Tent open for the day.
11:00 AM - Carnival, Illinois Valley Rides, featuring rides, games and treats, opens for the day.
Noon - The Jesse White Tumblers will give a special high-flying performance in
front of the Mendota Elks Club on Indiana Ave. Sponsored by Mendota
Agri Products and Phalen Steel Construction Company.
1:00 PM - SWEET CORN FESTIVAL GRAND PARADE…
Featuring floats, bands, antique & classic vehicles, Shriners, and more! Special highlights….The New Generation Fancy Drill Team, sponsored by Financial Plus Credit Union and Northern Partners Cooperative, Jesse White Tumblers, sponsored by Mendota Agri-Products and Phalen Steel, and the Golden Knights Drill Team, sponsored by Black Bros. Company, Pepsi Beverages Company, and Prescott
2:00 PM - FREE SWEET CORN!!... Del Monte's finest served steaming hot! Butter donated by Sullivan's Foods. Served at the intersection of Illinois Ave. and Jefferson St. downtown.
2:00 PM - 3D Sound will be providing entertainment and music at the intersection of Illinois Ave. and Jefferson St. Sponsored by Midland States Bank.
3:00 PM - The New Generation Fancy Drill Team will perform in front of the Elks Club at 707 Indiana Avenue. Watch their upbeat, exciting performance! Sponsored by Financial Plus Credit Union and Northern Partners Cooperative.
3:30 PM - The spectacular Golden Knights Drill Team will perform in front of the Elks Club at 707 Indiana Ave. You have watched them in the parade; don't miss this very special performance! Sponsored by Black Bros Company, Pepsi Beverages Company and Prescott Brothers, Inc.
4:30 PM - Sweet Corn Eating Contest sponsored by Northern Illinois Ambulance Billing. Ages 12 and under. First 25 registered will be able to participate. Sign up begins at 3:30 pm behind the steam engine at the corn serving area on Illinois Ave. MP3 player awarded.
ALL DAY - Tennis Tournament Singles, Adult Division, sponsored by
Mendota Community Hospital, takes place at the Tennis Courts at Mendota High School on Rt. 52 north. Applications available on this site or at http:/www.mendotahospital.org.