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Deadlines for Corn Fest activities approaching

The Grundy County Corn Festival is scheduled for Sept. 24 to 28 this year.

A number of the activities and events have deadlines approaching for those who wish to enter or take part.

For information about any of these, contact the Corn Festival office at 815-942-2676 or visit during office hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Information about many of these events also may be available online at


Entries for the Grundy County Corn Festival Photo Show will be taken from 2 to 5 p.m. Sept. 21 at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 202 W. Jefferson St. in Morris. This is the only day entries will be taken.  The show is open to all amateur photographers and has adult and youth divisions. Entry fee is a Corn Festival button.

Applications, rules, and classes for the Photo Show are available at the Corn Festival office, 909 N. Liberty St., and in the Corn Festival book that can be obtained at many area merchants.

The Photo Show will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 27 and noon to 1:45 p.m. Sept. 28. Admission fee is a Corn Festival button. All entries must be picked up from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Sept. 28.

This show is sponsored by the Morris Camera Club. For information, contact Denise Rogers at 815-357-9493 or Barbara Wagner at 815-942-5657. Applications are available online at



Corn Festival parade applications are due Sept. 19. The parade is scheduled for Sept. 28, with step off at 2 p.m. Applications are available at the Corn Festival office, 909 N. Liberty St., or visit



The 25th annual Grundy County Corn Festival Baby Show and Photo Contest is scheduled from noon to 4 p.m. Sept. 21 in the auditorium of Morris Community High School, 1000 Union St.

Entries are $7 cash for each show and are being taken at the Corn Festival office, 909 N. Liberty St. Deadline to enter is 5 p.m. Sept. 17. No entries will be accepted by phone, fax, or mail and must be made by the deadline; no entries will be accepted on the day of the show. Entries for children under 6 months of age will not be accepted.

Categories for the show are: 6 to 12 months, 13 to 23 months, age 2, age 3, and ages 4 to 5 years. Boys and girls are judged separately. There is also a category for twins and/or triplets.

Please note that all photos must be mailed back to owners. We will provide mailing envelopes for all photographs.


The Grundy County Corn Festival Art Show will be held during library hours Sept. 23 to 26 at the Morris Area Library, 604 Liberty St. Entry fee is a Corn Festival button.

Entries will be accepted from 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 23. Entries must be picked up between 4 to 6 p.m. Sept. 29.

All entries must be original and created within the last two years. No more than four entries per person. There are several divisions from Adult-Professional to Grade school.

The rules, divisions and registration forms are available at the Grundy County Corn Festival office located at 909 N. Liberty St. or online at


The annual Corn Festival Craft Show will be held at the Grundy County Fairgrounds from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 27. Admission is a Corn Festival button.

Each year, this show attracts 9,000 to 10,000 attendees who look forward to the many wonderfully handcrafted items for sale. Many vendors return year after year – some have been participating since the show’s inception. Some of the many items than can be found in the handcrafted section include woodworking, beaded jewelry, and holiday decorations. In addition to the handcrafted items, there will be many flea market, antique, and collectible dealers attending.

Just as a reminder, there will be no animals allowed past the entrance gate.

This event is co-sponsored by VFW Post 6049 Men’s Auxiliary and Morris Moose Lodge 967.

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