DeKALB – Jessica Breuer and James Edwards couldn't have been more ready.
Not long after Corn Fest's carnival opened for business Friday, both DeKalb residents bought wristbands and got down to taking rides, spins and whirls before lines started forming.
Breuer, who says she's been coming to Corn Fest since 1995, believes the festival is back where it belongs, in downtown DeKalb.
"There's no shade at the airport," Breuer said "I love the music, and some of the rides ... but I like how you can come here as a family."
After five years at DeKalb Taylor Municipal Airport, the festival of music, food, beverages and fun is underway in downtown DeKalb. Thunderstorms moved through the area Friday evening, putting a damper on the festivities. The event begins again this morning and continues through Sunday.
Donna Bennett was watching from the shade Friday. A 55-year resident of DeKalb, she says she's seen parts of most Corn Fests.
"Now, my grandkids are too old for the rides, but I have to admit, I kind of like the food," she said.
The main stage area and beer garden will be open from noon to 11 p.m. today 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. today.
Unlike in years past, the carnival is entirely north of Locust Street. Wrist bands 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 held behind the Chamber of Commerce at 164 E. Lincoln Highway. There will be an art fest for kids from noon to 3 p.m. today 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 held from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. today, 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 today to provide free on-site medical checkups to all veterans who bring their separation papers.
For more information visit cornfest.com.