What is the Warrensburg Corn Festival?
The Warrensburg Corn Festival is an annual three-day street festival held in July when the local sweet corn is in its prime. The 2023 Festival is set for July 20, 21 and 22. The event typically kicks off on Thursday evening (4:00-8:30 p.m.), also known as Family Night, with a nationally-known Christian music band sponsored by a favorite local restaurant. Friday evening (4:00-10:30 p.m.) and all of Saturday (7:00 a.m.-11:30 p.m.) are filled with events such as free live music, car show, parade, craft vendor market, 5K run, competitive tournaments, kids’ activities and of course, delicious food. The car show and corn hole tournament draw a large crowd, but the main stage entertainment each evening attracts the most people.
How did Corn Fest begin?
In 2017, a few community members got together to create a small-town, family festival featuring locally grown sweet corn. People came initially for the corn, but they keep coming back because of the experience. The Warrensburg Corn Festival has an upbeat, home-town spirit that provides families with simple, affordable fun. In a short amount of time, the Warrensburg Corn Festival has grown by leaps and bounds. What started as a small, one-day event, is now a three-day street festival drawing in large crowds of 3,000-4,000 to a town of 1,300 people. The event brings the community together, draws alumni back home and attracts visitors from Central Illinois and beyond. It is the mission of The Warrensburg Corn Festival to provide an event that gives back to the people of the community, making a positive impact for growth. From the beginning, the Festival Committee has sought partnerships with local non-profits, community organizations and small businesses. This event is all about having fun and building relationships within the Central Illinois community.