The Corn Fest Board has submitted a letter to the city council which will be on the City Council agenda for the Feb. 11th meeting. The board had been meeting with the city since October working on ways to relocate the festival back downtown.
One major hurdle was continuing to hold the festival on move in weekend for NIU. The festival date needed to be changed upon the request of the city as to not interfere with NIU move in weekend, which has grown and requires more of the services of the DeKalb Police and Fire Departments. In early December, the On the Waterfront festival in Rockford announced they would cease their festival. This gave the Corn Fest committee the easy task of moving the festival back one week.
“Many festival vendors have their schedules set for an entire year and no two major festivals ever want to compete for attendees” Lisa Angel, Corn Fest chair stated. When they announced they were no longer going to have a festival, we knew this was our chance to make the change.
There will be a new layout of the fest in the downtown area to accommodate the new changes that have occurred in the downtown since the fest was held there 5 years ago. They hope to have a layout within 30-60 days if the Council approves the measure.
“We are pleased to have Corn Fest move back to the downtown,”City Manager Mark Biernacki said. “We were grateful that the Committee and the community graciously allowed the temporary relocation of the fest to the airport while the major renovations were underway. With that project now complete, we can now welcome the fest back to our new and improved downtown.”