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Photo Gallery: The Mendota Sweet Corn Festival 2021

One of Starved Rock Country’s longest-running annual gatherings, Mendota’s Sweet Corn Festival returned this for its 74th installment.

Held in downtown Mendota, this popular fest featured a parade, carnival, food booths, craft show, flea market, beer garden, live entertainment and, of course, plenty of sweet corn! Here’s an inside look at some of the best festivities:

Jo Jo Filipiak 4, of Granville, eats an ear of sweet corn during the 74th annual Sweet Corn Festival in Mendota on Sunday Aug. 15, 2021.A large line of people wait in line for free sweet corn along Illinois Avenue downtown Mendota for the 74th annual Sweet Corn Festival on Sunday, Aug. 15, 2021.Women from the Ballet Folklorico De Colores dance during the during the 74th annual Sweet Corn Festival Parade in Mendota on Sunday Aug. 15, 2021.Peyton Lunzy stirs hot sweet corn Sunday, Aug. 15, 2021, during the 74th annual Sweet Corn Festival in Mendota.People wait in a large line on Illinois Avenue downtown Mendota for free sweet corn Sunday, Aug. 15, 2021, at the Mendota Sweet Corn Festival.Emilio Perez carries a bushel of corn to the counter to serve free sweet corn during the during the 74th annual Sweet Corn Festival Parade in Mendota on Sunday, Aug. 15, 2021.Mendota VFW present the colors as they march in the the 74th annual Sweet Corn parade in Mendota on Sunday, Aug. 15, 2021.A woman stands on one stilt during the during the 74th annual Sweet Corn Festival Parade in Mendota on Sunday, Aug. 15, 2021.Women from the Ballet Folklorico De Colores dance during the during the 74th annual Sweet Corn Festival Parade in Mendota on Sunday, Aug. 15, 2021.Volunteers hand out free sweet corn during the 74th annual Sweet Corn Festival in Mendota on Sunday, Aug. 15, 2021.A large crowd of people wait in line on Illinois Avenue downtown Mendota for free sweet corn during the 74th annual Sweet Corn Festival on Sunday, Aug. 15, 2021.The 2021 Mendota Sweet Corn queen Parris Stachlewitz waves to the crowd Sunday, Aug. 15, 2021, during the 74th annual Sweet Corn Parade in Mendota.GES Production Sound Services in Princeton ride in the patriotic float in the 74th annual Sweet Corn Festival in Mendota on Sunday Aug. 15, 2021.Mendota police officers wave to people during the the 74th annual Sweet Corn Parade in Mendota on Sunday Aug. 15, 2021.The large carnival is one of the popular attractions near the intersection of Jefferson Street and Main Street in Mendota for the at the 74th annual Sweet Corn Festival on Sunday Aug. 15, 2021.OSF Health workers were the 2021 grand marshal for the 74th annual Sweet Corn Parade in Mendota on Sunday Aug. 15, 2021.A truck dumps a large amount of sweet corn into a steamer during the 74th annual Sweet Corn Festival Parade in Mendota on Sunday Aug. 15, 2021.A large crowd waits for free sweet corn during the74th annual Sweet Corn Festival in Mendota on Sunday Aug. 15, 2021.A large crowd watches the Sweet Corn parade turn the corner at Washington Street and Indiana Avenue during the 74th annual Sweet Corn Festival in Mendota on Sunday Aug. 15, 2021.Neil Drummer places logs into a Port Huron Steam engine that boils the sweet corn during the 74th annual Sweet Corn Festival parade in Mendota on Sunday Aug. 15, 2021. Drummer, has been volunteering at the Sweet Corn Festival for more than 40 years.Kids ride the merry-go-round at the Sweet Corn Festival in Mendota on Friday Aug. 13, 2021.A long exposure of a carnival ride spins fast next to the Whistle Stop in Mendota at the Sweet Corn Festival on Friday Aug. 13, 2021Kids ride on a carnival ride at the 74th annual Mendota Sweet Corn Festival on Friday Aug. 13, 2021.A large crowd attends the carnival at the Sweet Corn Festival in Mendota on Friday Aug. 13, 2021

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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