The 2021 North Ridgeville Corn Fest promises to bring plenty of fun to the community over the weekend of Aug. 13-15.
Corn Fest head John Butkowski shared an update on 2021 Corn Fest plans at the 45th anniversary celebration of the North Ridgeville Chamber of Commerce last week.
“Planning should have started months ago – this is not an easy task,” said Butkowski. He explained that the 2021 renewal of the summer highlight will look a little different than in year’s past. After all, the Corn Fest was first cancelled on April 21 and then revived on May 21, giving officials short notice on planning.
The Corn Fest committee is presently putting together the schedule of events for the festival.
Corn Fest 2021 Events
This year’s entertainment will feature Old Towne Hall Theater on both Friday and Saturday nights.
Friday night will feature a “Walk down Memory Lane” with musicals that everyone knows, followed by fireworks.
Saturday night will feature “The Golden Age of Broadway,” with some Four Seasons, Ronette’s Temptations, Chordette’s, Elvis and many more musical highlights.
“We will have the Car Show on Saturday,” said Butkowski
The traditional Corn Fest parade will take place on Sunday, beginning at the High School, and head down Ranger Way, Center Ridge Road, Root Road and back to the High School.
A Beer Garden is planned, and concession applications are still being taken.
Tony Schultz will be playing in the beer tent Saturday night and Sunday afternoon.
There will be an Arts Council Craft Show, organized by the Senior Center.
Keith, the Roving Magician/Balloon Man, will be there all three days.
The Lorain County Prosecutor’s office will do children’s fingerprinting on Saturday, time to be determined.
NR Early Childhood PTA is sponsoring a family corn bread baking contest.
There will be NO amusement rides this year. It is not possible because of insurance complications and a lack of amusement ride vendors still in business.
“But, we are working on the details of possibly offering helicopter rides around the city,” said Butkowski.
There will also not be a corn eating contest this year out of virus-safety concerns.
There will be a Golden Kernel Award. Nominations are being taken, deadline July 16.
The Corn Fest is also seeking sponsorship opportunities for business promotions.
So, while the Fest is somewhat scaled back from normal, it promises to once again bring a summer highlight to the community.
“Think Corn, think sun and see you at the Corn Festival!” said Butkowski.