71st National Sweetcorn Festival

By Maggie Hockenberry , Alex Davis | adavis@wcia.com

Published 08/28 2014 01:22PM

Updated 09/02 2014 09:35AM

Latest: 6:22 pm, 9/1/14, Monday
HOOPESTON – It’s the last day of the Sweetcorn Festival and organizers say it’s been a success. It raises money for the Jaycees; a group of leaders who are interested in civic affairs.

They expecting to raise over $15,000 this year. They estimate there were 20,000 people who attended. There was also 26 tons of corn cooked.

The ears were given away at no cost, but they weren’t free. The whole event costs about $200,000. The Jaycees use the money for their charity Christmas projects.
Update: 5:24 pm, 8/29/14, Friday
HOOPESTON -- People are smiling ear-to-ear! They've been celebrating the annual National Sweetcorn Festival for more than 70 years. The good thing about Central Illinois is, if things don't go well for you at a sweetcorn festival, there's always another one to go to.

Gates at McFerren Park are open and more than 50 tons of corn are cooking. Ears are given away for free, but there's more than corn here. You can come out and enjoy carnival rides and a demolition derby.

Friday night is also the National Sweetheart Pageant. Interesting fact, nine Sweetheart Pageant winners actually went on to become Miss America. But, of course, this is what is drawing everyone here. Yum!
Original: 1:22 pm, 8/28/14, Thursday
HOOPESTON -- Thursday marks the start of the 71st National Sweetcorn Festival. This year's theme is Back to Our Roots. Gates open at 5 pm, admission is just $2. Rides will go until 10 pm.

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