Indiana is a part of the "Corn Belt," the area of the United States best known for its corn production. According to the Indiana Office of Tourism Development, almost half of all the crops grown in the state are corn. Because of its high level of corn production, Indiana also is home to a festival that celebrates the sweet corn grown in the state.
The Indiana Sweet Corn Festival takes place each year in Oakland City, in the southwest corner of the state. It is sponsored by the Oakland City Lions Club. The festivities occur in Wirth Park off Highway 64. The five-day festival is held each year near the beginning of August. Admission is free for everyone, and free parking is also available on site. Patrons must only pay for food and activities during the festival.
Because it is a sweet corn festival, corn is the main focus of the food available at the Indiana Sweet Corn Festival. Patrons can dine on corn on the cob as the main course for their meal. Of course, corn is not the only type of food available at the festival. Food vendors from around the area also set up booths at which patrons can purchase many of their favorite foods.
The Indiana Sweet Corn Festival offers a variety of activities, including a corn on the cob eating contest that rewards those who are able to eat a piece of corn the fastest. Amusement rides and contests keep festival patrons busy and entertained. Bands also play live music throughout the festival.
Parade and Pageant
A parade and pageant are also part of the Indiana Sweet Corn Festival The pageant is held to crown the Corn Queen, who receives a crown and gets to ride in the parade. The parade itself covers about a mile and is filled with corn-themed floats, as well as walking groups, horses and antique vehicles. Any organization or group of people can sign up to participate in the parade. Entries are required by the middle of July.
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