DeKALB - DeKalb's biggest summer bash, Corn Fest, has been canceled due to crowd control mandates during the COVID-19 pandemic, organizers announced Friday.
"Due to the current situation of the COVID pandemic and the Governor's re-open plan of needing to reach Stage 5 to allow festivals, we will be cancelling Corn Fest for 2020," the announcement reads. "The Corn Boil corn will be donated to the mobile unit of the DeKalb County Community Gardens to distribute to people in need."
In lieu of the popular festival which in past 42 years has brought thousands to downtown DeKalb for the three-day corn and music family affair, organizers have developed a creative way to raise funds for this year's recipient, Opportunity House.
Each year, Corn Fest selects a local nonprofit to donate raise money for, and this year they'll raise money by selling special T-shirts, donating 100% of t-shirt proceeds to Opportunity House.
The nonprofit will also serve as the 2021 recipient when the festival returns Aug. 27 through 29, the release states.
"To continue to raise funds for our current and 2021 recipient Opportunity House, we have designed a fun t-shirt that you can preorder at OLT Marketing in the upcoming weeks," the announcement states. "A link will be provided as soon as it is on our website. This will be a great addition for any of our festival T-shirt collectors."
Sales for the 50/50 raffle will also take place for next year's festival at local outlets this year. For more information and for the forthcoming t-shirt link, go to Corn Fest's website at www.cornfest.com for the announcement of our 2021 sound stage lineup in the upcoming weeks.