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79th Annual National Sweetcorn Festival

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301 W. Main Street, Hoopeston, IL 60942

79th Annual National Sweetcorn Festival

Diligence, family, and a whole lot of corn! Each and every Labor Day weekend, for the past 78 years, the Hoopeston Junior Chamber of Commerce (Jaycees) hosts the National Sweetcorn Festival. Classic American festival events that happen in Hoopeston include a midway full of carnival rides, games, and stands of delicious fried goodness, smashing cars at the demo derby, and a grand parade featuring marching bands, pageant queens, and plenty of candy.

Being the National Sweetcorn Capital of the World, Hoopeston has to have their own unique twists to the festival. An antique steam engine cooks more than 50 tons hot buttered sweetcorn and is served up to approximately 20,000 visitors over the course of the weekend free of charge! With a line that wraps around the park, it is clear that Hoopeston really does sweetcorn the right way, the best way.

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