HISTORY, LOCATION, MAP, DIRECTIONS:
The Willoughby Hills Fall Corn Fest - a success story:
The First Annual Willoughby Hills
Corn Fest was held in September, 2008 after the legendary Community Days theme was "retired" in 2007. With
a new theme, a new location, and a new approach to hosting a community festival, Mayor Weger, his administrative
assistant Gloria Majeski, and a dedicated group of volunteers started a new tradition in town. The festival was
well attended and everyone loved the new roasted corn dinners and corn hole tournaments.
on the first year, the 2009 festival was an even-bigger success. "Carney" food was added and there was
more involvement from local vendors and interested citizens. The Corn Fest developed a reputation as "the place
to be in September."
In 2010, the economy threatened the existence of the
popular festival and it was reluctantly put on-hold while the city's budget was adjusted to cope with the difficult
financial conditions. But supporters that wanted the festival to return would not be denied. A private
corporation was formed to fund the Corn Fest and the city's business community and dedicated residents were called upon
to help with sponsorships.
Then, in 2011, the
third annual Corn Fest remained alive and well with even more sponsors and a car raffle to make sure the festival
is financially self-sufficient. It offered even more food offerings, live entertainment, activities, and community
2012, the festival took on major redesign to plan for rain and the idea that attendees could potentially have enough activities
to be entertained all weekend if the fear of being in the rain was taken out of the picture. This proved that we had our “ear”
to the ground with over 500 Texas Roadhouse & La Vera dinners being served, all arts and crafts vendor space “sold
out”, Willoughby Hills Library adding on a special“Scarecrow Story Hour”, the Historic Bus Tour through
Willoughby Hills having to turn away two bus loads of people, a “sold out” Business Vendor Tent and the Classic
Car Show was named in the “Top Ten Non-Profit Car Shows (Under 125) for 2012” by the “Cruisin’ Times”
national publication. Our volunteer committee was focused on improving the Lake County experience by contracting the best
entertainment, having plenty of arts and crafts ideas for the kids, using a unique system of festival-wide 2-way radios and
security cameras for safety, serving a variety of excellent food and serving up the sense of community among the people, businesses
and sponsors. By the close of the festival, over 3000 ears of fresh roasted corn had been served!
Corn Fest 2013 was a successful event once again, but moving the festival into the month
of August still not not give us the Sunday resident attendance we had hoped for. There was plenty of food and entertainment
and the weather was absolutely perfect. So many families came out on Saturday to enjoy our Historic Bus Tour, Classic
Car Show, Corn Hole Tournament and the delicious food, including our annual Texas Road House Steak and Chicken Dinners and
fresh roasted sweet corn. The live entertainment on center stage was outstanding and our residents enjoyed taking home
blue ribbons from the Corn Recipe Contest. Fireworks topped off a great summer evening. Sunday's activities included
a Pet Show sponsored by Animal Hospital, Inc., a new car display by Pat O'Brien Chevrolet and many options for kids of all
ages in the Kids Adventure Tent sponsored by Mario Fazio's Italian Restaurant.
Corn Fest 2014 consisted of Two Great Summer Concerts, featuring the Prime Time Big Band and the Tommy Steele Band,
a country favorite. Concessions were available at both concerts and many residents and friends came out to enjoy a beautiful
night in the City of Willoughby Hills. We look forward to providing music in 2015 for three more Summer concerts!
See you there!
Fest 2015 broke the "Corn Fest Weather Curse" as we enjoyed ALL concerts outside in our beautiful gazebo! We
had great music with: "The 730 Club Band", "Light of 2 Moons" and "Tommy Steele Band".
Delicious refreshments were provided at all three concerts and our famous fresh roasted sweet corn was back on the
grill for our Country Concert with Tommy Steele Band. A great BBQ served to round out a great evening. Plan to
come to future WH Corn Fests to enjoy the music and fellowship.
Corn Fest 2016 will take a hiatus, but will return to the City of Willoughby Hills in 2017! Lot of great activities
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