2017 Chatham Sweetcorn Festival

chatham sweet corn guyCome out and join us for the 44th annual Chatham Sweetcorn Festival! Be smart…stay cool!

LOCAL TV PROMO – Fox Illinois – Good Day Marketplace TV News Story
RECAP NEWS STORY – Weather takes toll on Chatham’s largest fundraiser

SUNDAY, JULY 16, 2017

8:00 am: 19th Annual Tour De Corn sponsored by Wheel Fast Bicycle Co.
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5:00 pm: Corn Shucking – come out, bring the family and help shuck some corn!!

FRIDAY, JULY 21, 2017

  • 5:00 pm: Sweetcorn Pageant
  • 5:00 pm: Soccer 3v3 Live
  • 6:30 pm: MAIN STAGE: After Sunset
  • 8:45 pm: MAIN STAGE: X-Krush
  • Midnight: Festival Closed


  • 9:00 am or after – Soccer 3v3 Live [more details]
  • 9:00 am: Ticket, water, soda sales begin
  • 9:00 am – 9:30 am: Studio M Demo on stage
  • 9:30 am: Zumba by Sweat60
  • 9:30 am: Food service opens
  • 10:00 am: Volleyball Tournament
  • 10:30 am – 11:00 am: Jan’s Dance Studio
  • 11:00 am: Millburg’s TaeKwonDo Presentation (behind Silver Bullet trailer)
  • 11:30 am: Bags Tournament Registration
  • 12:30 pm: Bags Start
  • 12:30 pm – 5:00 pm: Central Illinois Blues Club – main stage
    Brother Jefferson, Alex Jenkins and the Bombers, Back Pack Jones
  • 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Dunk Tank
  • 1:00 pm: Highland Games, registration at www.ancientathletics.com
  • 2:00 pm: Illinois Championship Cow Chip Throw
  • 4:00 pm: Whiskey Tasting
  • 6:00 pm: MAIN STAGE: Take 10
  • 8:30 pm: MAIN STAGE: Broseph E. Lee
  • Midnight: Festival Closed

Parking and Traffic

  • We kindly ask for a $3 donation for parking upon entrance.
  • The entire park is one-way traffic starting on Main Street and exiting northbound on Park Street.
  • The Main St. railroad tracks are closed so all traffic from Route 4 should use the new Goldenrod intersection from Route 4 to reach the park.

Food Items

  • Sweet Corn
  • Grilled Corn (in shuck)
  • Brats
  • Hot Dogs
  • Hamburgers
  • BBQ Pork
  • Pork Chops
  • Chicken Breasts
  • Ribeyes

Sweetcorn Fest Chairmen

  • Jeremy Peck
  • Brian Kleinertz

Vendor Chair

Sponsors Chair

Interested in helping and becoming a Jaycee? Come out to one of our meetings. We’d love to have you.

Presenting Sponsor:
Chick Fritz Distributing

Platinum Sponsors:
County Market
INB and INB Wealth Strategies
Marine Bank
Modern Woodmen Financial – Meredith S. Ferguson, FIC, CFIM
United Community Bank

Gold Sponsors:
Bank of Springfield
Chuck Hunt, Financial Consultant
Jane Hay Sales and Staging

Silver Sponsors:
Bank & Trust Company
People’s Bank & Trust
Renken Dentistry/Schön Dental
Win, Lose, or Draught

Bronze Sponsors:
Chatham Tap Room
Formea Insurance Group
Powerworks Fitness
Sangamon Prairie Reception Center

In Kind Sponsors:
Action Powersports
Springfield Pepsi

Tour De Corn Host/Partner:
Wheel Fast Bicycle Co.

Soccer Tournament:
Integrity / 3v3 Live

Highland Games:
Spartan Sports Park

Want to help support the best summer festival in central Illinois? By sponsoring our Sweetcorn Festival, your business will get exposure to thousands of people across central Illinois over a two-day period.

If interested in becoming an event sponsor, please contact Chad Formea at 217-306-3585. For all other event questions, please refer to the Sweetcorn Festival Contacts list at the bottom of the page.