The Urbana Sweetcorn Festival

This past weekend, my roommates and I were looking for something to do. The weather was nice and we wanted to go a little off campus. We then found out about the Urbana Sweetcorn Festival!

The Urbana Sweetcorn Festival is an annual end of summer community festival held just outside of campus in Urbana. With food vendors, concerts, and of course sweetcorn, there were plenty of things to do for my friends and I.

A cool fact about the festival is that over 20,000 ears of sweet corn are consumed each year at the festival! That’s a lot of sweetcorn!

When I went to the festival last year, I was lucky enough to see the popular band, Smash Mouth. That was a fun time hearing the band sing “All Star” and “I’m A Believer” from Shrek in real life. Most of the time they get known bands and musicians to come down for this special festival, which serves as great entertainment for students and the Champaign-Urbana community.

What’s great about the festival is that it’s incredibly accessible to get to from campus. There is a Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District bus that you can take from campus right to the festival. I urge all Illini to take advantage of this perk that all Illinois students receive. The bus system is incredibly reliable and goes all day and night! Without the bus system, many students like me would have never gotten to the festival since it’s about 5-10 minutes away from campus.

Here are a few highlights from my time at the festival this past weekend.

One of the many tents that was selling sweetcorn! The lines were really long but were totally worth it.

We finally got our corn! My roommate was as excited as I was.

We decided we wanted to take a little bit of the festival home. So we bought the largest bag of kettle corn!

I recommend all Illini to put the Urbana Sweetcorn festival on their bucket list! Now, I’m going to go eat some of this sweetcorn.


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