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Cornfest offers another weekend of free corn, fun

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Catherine W. Idzerda
August 29, 2014

DARIEN—Free sweet corn.

That's the first thing you need to know about the annual Darien Cornfest.

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Birds Eye Foods provides free sweet corn to the community. 

The company has a canning factory in the town of Darien, and it has been providing corn for the festival since the event started in 1960.

Highlights of the weekend include:

--The Liberty Bike Ride. The ride started as a memorial for a member of the Cornfest committee and evolved into a memorial for servicemen and women, firefighters and police officers. Motorcycles from all around the stateline area come for the ride, parading in silent procession through downtown. Many are decked out in flags and other patriotic gear.

After the bike ride is an old-fashioned parade with floats, classic cars and fire trucks.

-Mini-Rods Tractor Pull with the Tri-County Pullers.  Last year, Darien resident Bill McFarlin received the “Hard Luck Award” from Tri-County on the grounds that “If this puller didn't have hard luck, he wouldn't have any luck at all.”

 Perhaps McFarlin will have better luck on his home turf.

--Something for everyone to do: Drop grandma off at the bingo tent. Sign up grandpa in the horseshoe tournament. Send the kids to the carnival.

--Live music: The lineup includes local favorites including Rainbow Bridge, the Glenn Davis Band and Primetime Live.



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