After being postponed for a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Sweetcorn Festival returns to Hoopeston for its 77th year starting Thursday night.

The schedule for this year’s festival is listed below:

77th National Sweetcorn Festival Schedule

Thursday, September 2, 2021

5:00 pm Gates Open ($3 Admission)

Display Area and Midway Opens

5:00-10:00 pm Ride Special – Bracelet Night

6:30-9:00 pm Bingo (Jaycees Shelter)

6:30-9:00 pm Souvenir Sales (Jaycees Shelter)

11:00 pm Midway Closes

Friday, September 3, 2021

5:00 pm Gates Open ($3 Admission)

Display Area and Midway Opens

5:00-10:00 pm Ride Special – Bracelet Night

6:30 pm Beer Garden Opens (Annex)

7:00 pm Thunder in the Corn Tractor Pull (Annex)

10:00 pm Brat Pack (Jaycees Shelter)

1:00 am Beer Garden Closes

Saturday, September 4, 2021

6:00 am Flea Market Opens

8:00-1:00 pm Car Show Registration

(Southeast McFerren Park)

9:00 am Gates Open ($3 Admission)

10:30 am Grand Parade (Downtown)

12:00 pm Midway Opens

Ride Special – Bracelet All Day

Display Area Opens

12:00-1:00 pm East Central Illinois Baggers Cornhole

Tournament Registration (Jaycees Shelter)

12:30-2:00 pm Dawn Hively Music (Center Stage)

12:30-5:00 pm Souvenir Sales (By Center Stage)

1:00 pm East Central Illinois Baggers Cornhole

Tournament Begins (Jaycees Shelter)

Beer Garden Opens (Jaycees Shelter)

1:30-2:00 pm Ponytail Contest Registration

(By Center Stage)

1:30-5:00 pm FREE SWEETCORN!

2:00 pm Ponytail Contest (Center Stage)

2:30 pm Parade Float Contest Awards

(Center Stage)

3:00 pm Car Show Awards Presented

(Southeast McFerren Park)

3:00-5:00 pm Frank Muffin Band (Center Stage)

6:30 pm National Sweetheart Pageant

Preliminary (Civic Center)

Beer Garden Opens (Annex)

7:00 pm Thunder in the Corn Tractor Pull (Annex)

9:00 pm Cougar Trap Band (Jaycees Shelter)

11:00 pm Midway Closes

12:00 am Beer Garden Closes (Annex)

Sunday, September 5, 2021

8:00 am Flea Market Opens

9:00 am Gates Open ($3 Admission)

11:00 am Children’s Fishing Derby Registration

(Crabtree Shelter)

12:00 pm Midway Opens

Ride Special – Bracelet All Day

Display Area Opens

12:00 pm Children’s Fishing Derby (Lagoon)

12:00-1:00 pm Holly Halliwell Music (Center Stage)

12:00-4:00 pm FREE SWEETCORN!

12:00-5:00 pm Souvenir Sales (By Center Stage)

12:30-1:00 pm Kids’ Pie Eating Contest Registration

(By Center Stage)

1:00 pm Kids’ Pie Eating Contest (Center Stage)

1:30-2:30 pm Will and Katie Clayton Music (Center Stage)

3:00 pm Annex Opens

Beer Garden Opens (Annex)

3:00-5:00 pm Nuthin’ Fancy (Center Stage)

5:00 pm Demo Derby (Annex)

6:30 pm National Sweetheart Pageant Finals (Civic Center)

9:00 pm National Sweetheart Pageant Reception (Civic Center)

10:00 pm Midway Closes

12:00 am Beer Garden Closes (Annex)

Monday, September 6, 2021

8:00 am Flea Market Opens

9:00 am Gates Open ($3 Admission)

Display Area Opens

9:00-9:45 am Cream of the Crop Pretty Baby

Contest Registration (Civic Center)

10:00 am Cream of the Crop Pretty Baby

Contest (Civic Center)

12:00 pm Midway Opens

Ride Special – Bracelet All Day

12:00-12:45 pm Thompson’s Tunes Sing-a-Long

(Center Stage)

12:00-4:00 pm FREE SWEETCORN!

12:00-4:00 pm Souvenir Sales (By Center Stage)

12:45-1:30 pm Princess Meet and Greet (Center Stage)

2:00-4:00 pm Doc Ashton and the Root Canals

(Center Stage)

2:00-4:30 pm Bingo (Jaycees Shelter)

9:00 pm Midway Closes

GATE FEE: THURSDAY THRU MONDAY $3.00 (7 AND UNDER FREE)

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