The Avon Rotary Corn Festival is our club’s largest annual fundraiser, which has truly emerged as a major community event. When the club first began planning a community festival in 1986, we chose to celebrate corn because of its impact on our region. Corn has been a staple of our agricultural heritage ever since the days Native Americans grew corn here as one of the “three sisters,” including beans and squash.

The Festival, held every year on the second Saturday in August, draws thousands of people from our region to see friends, browse arts and crafts, listen to a wide range of music on three separate stages, play games, eat lots of food, participate in our annual corn eating contest and enjoy the day. In 2018, more than 130 craft vendors and about 25 food vendors participated in our Festival. The Festival culminates in a large outdoor concert by a popular party band from 7:30 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. Many food vendors continue to serve concert attendees throughout the evening.

Proceeds from the Festival are used to support many local, state, national and international service organizations and causes, including the Boy Scouts, Avon Food Pantry, Teresa House, literacy programs, Rotary International Youth Exchange students, and the Rotary Foundation. The Avon Rotary Club would like to thank our sponsors, advertisers, vendors, and volunteers. Without your participation and support, the Festival would not be possible.

The Festival has handicapped parking available, as well as regular shuttle service from the main parking area, which is located only minutes from the Festival site at the Avon High School.

Pets are not permitted at the Festival. Please leave them at home.

 

2021 Festival Details

May 27, 2021

After a year of living with a deadly epidemic it is difficult to believe that its effects are lingering into another summer. Sadly, the many remaining unknowns are creating obstacles that have forced Avon Rotary into the difficult decision of again canceling the 34th annual Corn Festival.

Months of planning have already been done in coordination with Avon Village officials and the Livingston County Board of Health, but we determined that Rotary cannot hold a great festival given New York State’s current guidelines regarding fairs and festivals.

Even with the newest guidelines, the additional expenses that we would incur, impending deposits that have to be paid, a loss of income due to a drop in food and craft vendors, a loss in corporate sponsorship and the increased amount of volunteers that would be needed made pulling off an event of this scale in such a short time unfeasible. We also feel that having a scaled-down event where we had to choose among longtime vendors would not only be unfair but also would be a disservice to our attendees who come to the Corn Festival expecting a first-rate small town festival.

We realize the Corn Festival not only serves as a fundraiser for the many non-profit organizations that Avon Rotary supports, but also it is a huge event for our town, village, residents, families, sense of community spirit, vendors and local businesses. It is with this in mind that we promise to try our best to bring the festival back and make it better than ever on Saturday, Aug. 13, 2022.

Rotarians now turn our attention toward an encore of last year’s scavenger hunt/road rally renamed as “The Rally in the Valley.” 2020’s scores of participants had a blast driving around Livingston County in search of destinations described in mysterious clues. This year we are planning an improved hunt for Saturday, Sept. 18, which will take place during the day followed by an evening party at Oak Knolls Manor. Look for more details to come on this exciting event.

Avon Rotary thanks Mayor Tom Freeman and the village trustees, the Avon Department of Public Works, the Avon Police and Fire Departments, our own committee for all the hours of hard work, our volunteers and most of all our community for your continued support. We look forward to working with you and seeing you all again in 2022!

Regretfully, Avon Rotary