Hoopeston’s annual National Sweetcorn Festival will run thru the Labor Day weekend.
“An Ear Above the Rest” is this year’s theme for the festival that opens at 5 p.m. Thursday in McFerren Park. There is a $3 gate fee. Children 7 years old and younger will be admitted free.
The event includes the National Sweetheart Pageant. a carnival, demolition derby, Grand Parade, motocross, a walk/run, music, car show and contests. An antique steam engine cooks approximately 50 tons of sweet corn that is distributed for free between 1:30 and 5 p.m. Saturday and between noon and 4 p.m. on both Sunday and Monday. WITY will have broadcasts from the Sweetcorn Festival.