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Grundy County Corn Festival events announced

Pie Eating contest returns this year

The Grundy County Corn Festival Pie Eating contest will be at 2:45 p.m. Sept. 29 at Chapin Park in the gazebo.

In case of rain, the event will be held at the courthouse tent.

There are four age categories for the Pie Eating Contest: ages 5 to 6, ages 7 to 8, ages 9 to 10, and ages 11 to 12.

Boys and girls will compete together. The contest is to see who can eat their pie fastest with their hands held behind their back. All entrants must wear a Corn Festival button.

There is a limit of 30 contestants per age division. Advance registration of the entry must be made at the Corn Festival office, located at 909 N. Liberty St. by
5 p.m. Sept. 26.

For information, call the Corn
Festival office at 815-942-2676 or visit Office hours are
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Parade and parking

The 2018 Corn Festival parade will step off at 2 p.m. Sept. 30.

As always, there will be designated No Parking areas throughout town. Watch for No Parking signs and be aware that vehicles will be towed if parked in a No Parking area.

The following streets will be posted No Parking from 6 a.m. Sept. 30 until
6 p.m. Oct. 1:

West Washington Street, from Wauponsee Street west to the end of the street; Illinois Avenue, from Wauponsee Street to the end of the street; the south side of Jefferson Street / Fremont Avenue from Fulton Street to West Avenue; Nettle Street (both sides) from Jefferson Street south to Illinois Avenue; the north side of Goold Park Drive, from Fulton Street to West Avenue; the west side of West Avenue, from the railroad tracks to Fremont Avenue; Fulton Street and Calhoun Street, from Illinois Avenue to Jefferson Street; the east side of Fulton Street from Chapin to Jefferson; the four streets surrounding Chapin Park: Fulton, Benton, Wauponsee and Chapin; and Main Street from Fulton to Nettle.

There will be no parking allowed on the parade route beginning at 11 a.m. Sept. 30. This area is from West Washington Street east to Liberty Street. and Liberty Street north to Depot Street.

No vehicles will be allowed into the parade lineup area except those participating in the parade.

If you do not have a parade unit number, you will not be allowed into the parade lineup area. No exceptions

There is a great deal of congestion in the parade lineup area and many people, especially children, are on the streets. Any unnecessary vehicles not only cause additional congestion, but also are a safety hazard. Parade participants should be dropped off at the closest intersection with Jefferson Street. Do not drive around barricades.

These designated No Parking areas are necessary for the parade lineup and to help make it easier to move the school buses that transport the many bands that participate in the parade.

The Corn Festival Committee thanks the residents of the surrounding areas for their patience and hopes everyone enjoys this year’s parade.

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