Long Lake readies for Corn Days 2017

Former Long Lake Mayor Donny Chillstrom rides in the 2016 Corn Days parade. (Pioneer file photo)
The Catholic Church of St. George in Long Lake is excited to announce the 47th annual Corn Days Festival on Saturday, August 12 and Sunday, August 13.

Grounds will open at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday and as always, there will be plenty of roasted corn, food, games, and music. The event is listed as one of the oldest and largest festivals in the western suburbs.

“Kidsdance,” a fun music group that get the kids on their feet dancing, will kick off Corn Days 2017, so event organizers are telling folks to come out early on Saturday and bring the kids. They will perform from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Following them will be St. George’s Latino dance group “Alma Folklorica” from 3:15 to 4:00 p.m.

After 4:00 p.m. Mass, “Stampede” will take the stage until 7:00 p.m. and then “Absolute Gruv” will close out the first day of Corn Days, with a headlining performance until the festival grounds close for the night.

Sunday afternoon will feature two musical acts. “Welcome Drive,” featuring longtime St. George parishioner Jim Tierney will play from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m., followed by “Leah and the Rattlers” performing from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

There will bingo and a silent auction inside the parish’s community center, while the rest of the festival will take place around the church grounds. Kids Corner will feature inflatable slides, a petting zoo, pony rides, climbing wall (Sunday only) and a variety of kids games.

The Latino community of St. George will serve a Fiesta Dinner, featuring authentic Mexican food, Saturday evening from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

St. George’s Knights of Columbus will serve a Pancake Breakfast Sunday morning from 8:30 to 11:00 a.m. The 5K Run and one-mile Candy Corn Fun Run sponsored by Gear West will start at 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.

The parade sponsored by the Long Lake Chamber of Commerce will start at noon on Sunday.

To close out the festival, there will be a Super Raffle Drawing for one $7,500 grand prize, two $1,000 prizes, and four $500 prizes. Tickets for the drawings are $100, with a total of 300 tickets being sold.
Corn Days 2017 will officially close at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday.

Corn Days started in August 1971 as a way to build up the St. George parish community and raise funds for the parish religious education programs. The idea for the festival was inspired by harvest dinners St. George had offered earlier in its history, but making them a larger annual event for the local community to enjoy.

In the early days of the festival, corn was boiled, not roasted like today, and there were carnival rides and a queen pageant. Since then, St. George has improved Corn Days by focusing on offering plenty of corn and food, a variety of games and activities, chances to win prizes and an occasion to celebrate with the local community.

Corn Days has become a great way to spend the weekend locally as the summer winds down. For more information and a detailed schedule for the festival, please visit our festival website at www.corndays.com.