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 2015, nearly 150 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 Rotary-Lions Ambulance Service, 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.

 

2018 Festival Details

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Admission The Avon Rotary Corn Festival is free and open to all people.

NO PETS! NO BICYCLES! NO SKATEBOARDS! NO ROLLER BLADES!
PETS, BICYCLES, SKATEBOARDS, ROLLER BLADES OR MOTORIZED VEHICLES (except wheelchairs) ARE NOT PERMITTED ON THE FESTIVAL GROUNDS.
Program We publish a substantial program booklet about a month prior to the Festival. The program is freely available at various merchants around town during that month, as well as during the Festival. If you are interested in placing an ad in the program, please download and send in this ad request form.
Schedule Saturday, August 11, 2018
6:30 am - 9:00 am Vendor check-in and set-up
10:00 am - 6:00 pm All day Fun, Food & Shopping!!! Don't forget to Meet & Greet our mascot, Kernel Cornfestus, who will be roaming the festival grounds!
10:00 am - 4:30 pm Live entertainment at 3 stages (see below)
12:00 pm - 12:30 pm Corn Eating Contest
[at the Village Hall stage]
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm Most arts & crafts, some food vendors pack up
7:30 pm - 10:30 pm The Skycoasters party band concert
Directions Let this Google map show you how to get to the fun.
Once you're here, check out this Festival map for details.
Parking Parking is available at the Avon Central Middle and Elementary School parking lots for those not needing assistance in getting around. Free shuttle busses run between these lots and the festival area all day.

Handicapped visitors can park at the designated places in front of the Avon Central Elementary School. We offer free handicapped-accessible buses to the festival area from this lot.

Signs will be posted along Main Street as you come into town directing you to these parking areas.
Vendors will be directed at check-in to their parking assignments.
Arts & Crafts Too many vendors have registered to list them here - they deserve their own page.
Souvenirs & 50/50 Drawing Our famous Corn Fest T-Shirts are available prior to the festival at the Avon offices of Community Bank and Bank of Castile. The Souvenir Booth will be in operation from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., as well as the 50/50 Drawing booth. The 50/50 payout will be made during the evening concert.
Food Court (See also Festival Map)
  • (More TBD)
Kids Zone 10am-2pm:
  • Geoff Clough - Cookie Song Writing
  • Mr. Scribbles - Making original Cartoons from your scribble
All day:
  • Bounce House
  • Carnival Games
  • DeCann's Duck Pond
Entertainment (See also Festival Map)
Main Stage
(near Village Hall)
Genesee St
(near Park Circle)
Clinton St
(near Genesee St)
10:00-12:00 Darby Road 10:00-11:30 Steel Alchemy
Community Steel Band
10:00-11:00 Country Rain
12:00-12:45 Corn Eating Contest 12:00-2:00 String of Pearls 11:00-12:00 ViewBoard Mountain Boys
12:45-2:45 Haywire 2:30-3:40 Miss Natale's Dance Centre 12:00-1:00 Country Rain
3:15-5:15 Bob's Brother's Band 3:50-5:00 Avon Dance Emporium 1:00-2:00 ViewBoard Mountain Boys
7:00-11:00 Skycoasters     2:30-4:30 Off The Porch