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Corn Festival returns this weekend

MORRIS – It’s back.

After taking 2020 off because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Grundy County Corn Festival returns this weekend for its 72nd iteration.

The festivities began Wednesday, as the food vendors were in place up and down Liberty Street, as well as the carnival at Stratton Park. The water fights featuring the county’s fire departments also took place Wednesday.

Downtown Morris will be buzzing throughout the weekend, with highlights including a petting zoo and pony rides at Franklin and Main streets, train rides beginning at the Grundy County Courthouse and live music at three different stages. On Sunday, the festival culminates with the annual Corn Festival Parade.

A full schedule of events can be found at www.cornfestival.org.

Patrons line up for a Grundy County Corn Festival tradition, a corn dog from the Pam's truck at the corner of Liberty and Washington Streets.

Patrons line up for a Grundy County Corn Festival tradition, a corn dog from the Pam’s truck at the corner of Liberty and Washington Streets. (Rob Oesterle/Morris)

Corn Festival maps are placed throughout downtown Morris.

Corn Festival maps are placed throughout downtown Morris. (Rob Oesterle/Morris)

The beer tent at Wauponsee Street and Illinois Avenue will be open throughout the weekend during Grundy County Corn Festival.

The beer tent at Wauponsee Street and Illinois Avenue will be open throughout the weekend during Grundy County Corn Festival. (Rob Oesterle/Morris)

Scarecrows line Wauponee Street in Chapin Park for the Grundy County Corn Festival.

Scarecrows line Wauponee Street in Chapin Park for the Grundy County Corn Festival. (Rob Oesterle/Morris)

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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