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Photo Gallery: Sweet Corn Festival in Downtown Urbana


The Urbana Sweet Corn festival returned last Friday and Saturday for the festival’s 41st annual year. This downtown Urbana festival brought by the Urbana Business Association featured events and entertainment for all ages.True to its name, the Urbana festival highlights the celebration of eating the sweet Urbana corn, but features much more than just corn. According to the festival website, the festival consumes about 30,000 ears of corn and composts the cobs to emphasize green efforts. The Sweet Corn festival featured a variety of headliners to kick off the festival and entertain corn eaters. This year, Grammy nominated and well-loved ‘90s country band Diamond Rio headlined on Friday night. They are most popular for their singles “How Your Love Makes Me Feel” and “Norma Jean Riley.” Summertime retro party band Smash Mouth headlined Saturday night. They are most popular for featuring in the movie “Shrek” with famous singles including “I’m a Believer” and “Walkin’ on the Sun.” In addition to corn, the event offered different local food and merchandise vendors.

Ashni Gandhi
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