DeKALB – Corn Fest organizers will start closing parking lots in downtown DeKalb on Aug. 27 to prepare for the festival over Labor Day weekend.
The city-owned parking lots of Glidden, Ellwood and Haish, which sit between Oak and Locust streets off Second and Third streets, will host the carnival. Those lots will close at 4 p.m. Aug. 27 and remain closed until Sept. 2, according to a news release.
The parking log at Fourth and Grove streets, which has 154 parking spots, will remain open throughout the festival. This lot previously hosted the carnival before Corn Fest was moved to DeKalb Taylor Municipal Airport in 2008 in light of construction downtown.
Corn Fest organizers announced Feb. 1 that they were moving the festival back downtown, where it had been held for about 30 years. The festival had been held the weekend before Labor Day to align with students returning to Northern Illinois University, but organizers pushed it back a week this year to align with Labor Day weekend.
"The downtown merchants are very excited to see the festival back where it began in downtown DeKalb," festival chairwoman Lisa Angel said in an email. "They have been very accommodating to help us execute what needs to be done to have the festival including road closures, parking spaces, etc."
Angel works for Shaw Media, which publishes the Daily Chronicle.
More roads will be closed at 3 p.m. Aug. 29:
• Route 38 between First and Fourth streets.
• Second Street between the railroad tracks and Oak Street.
• Third Street between the railroad tracks and Oak Street, except for traffic associated with First State Bank. Bank traffic will exit on Third Street and then take Locust Street to Fourth Street.
• The city's Embrey parking lot, which sits behind the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce, 164 E. Lincoln Highway. A limited number of parking spaces will remain open for customers at Chesapeake Bagel Bakery, 112 S. First St.
Lincoln Highway will reopen at 9 p.m. Sept. 1.
The city lots at Fourth and Grove streets and Second and Grove streets will remain open. Street parking will be available on Locust Street east of Fourth Street.
Re:New DeKalb and Corn Fest Committee leaders thanked downtown businesses, residents and patrons for their patience.