DeKALB – The 2013 Corn Fest has a new layout in its traditional location, a new weekend and a slew of new activities for families from DeKalb and throughout the area.
After five years at DeKalb Taylor Municipal Airport, the festival of music, food, beverages and fun is setting up in downtown DeKalb, where it spent the previous 30 years, and will run today through Sunday.
The main stage area and beer garden will be open from 5 to 11 p.m. Friday, noon to 11 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission to the stage area and beer garden is $5, and children younger than 12 must be accompanied by an adult. The second annual bags tournament will be held there from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday.
Unlike in years past, the carnival will be entirely north of Locust Street. Wristbands are available for $22 from 3 to 11 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday; and for $30 all day Sunday.
Kid fest – which will include bounce houses, an obstacle course, a dunk tank
and a hands-on science station – will be behind the Chamber of Commerce at 164 E. Lincoln Highway. There will be an art fest for kids from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
The mainstay Chuck Siebrasse Corn Boil will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, or as long as the corn lasts.
The vintage auto show will be from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, and the bike rally starts at 8 a.m. Sunday at Lions Park.
For the elderly and the disabled, TransVAC is offering free transportation to and from Corn Fest that can be arranged by calling 815-758-6641 by 4 p.m. today. Also, the Edward Hines Jr. Veterans Affairs Hospital will be on hand Saturday to provide free on-site medical checkups to all veterans who bring their separation papers.
For information, visit www.cornfest.com.