The 4th annual Youngsville Corn Festival is being held this weekend (August 21-23). What does the corn festival celebrate? Yes, you guessed correctly. The corn festival celebrates corn. Bob and I rode to Youngsville yesterday afternoon to check out the corn festival. It was our first time at the festival.
When we arrived at the corn festival a country band was just finishing up its concert. Spectators sat on hay bales, listening to the concert.
We walked from one end of the festival to the other end of the festival (perhaps the length of a city block). As we walked, we saw several arts and crafts booths set up along the street as well food tents.
We saw a few motorcycles that were adorned with scarecrows. We assumed that the motorcycles had been in the parade, which had been held earlier in the day.
We returned to the stage area just as the Corny Talent Contest began. We heard a girl make sounds like a squirrel. I photographed the Youngsville cheerleaders, as they performed their corny talent.
The girl on top has an ear of corn in her mouth.
On the schedule for 3:30PM was a turkey calling contest. We didn’t stay for the contest. As we were leaving, though, I think we saw the turkey to be called during that contest.
As I cannot say it better, I will end this blog post with a quote from Friday’s edition of the Warren Times Observer.
“One of the great things about living in a place like Warren County is watching small communities pull together to promote themselves and have a good time in the process. There is hardly a crossroads in Warren County that doesn’t have, at some point in the year, a celebration, a party or a commemoration. This weekend it’s Youngsville’s turn to celebrate corn. Earlier this summer Sheffield threw its annual Firemen’s Festival and this fall will host another Johnnie Appleseed Festival. Russell holds a Jubilee. Cherry Grove celebrates chili, and of course, Warren holds its homage to barbecue and a week-long Independence Day party. There are others as well, too numerous to mention here. In between these events are the smaller ones. There is a common thread to these events. They are born out of a desire to better one’s place in this world, to join with neighbors and invite guests for a bit of fun and relaxation. They also portray what makes a place unique.”