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Corn Fest nominated for Rockford Area Music Industry award

By Northern Star staff | February 12, 2015

Corn Fest is nominated for a Rockford Area Music Industry award, according to a Corn Fest tweet.Corn Fest, a DeKalb festival which hosts bands and performers every fall, is nominated for Best Special Event for the 24th Annual RAMI Awards, according to...

Corn Fest offers fun for all, rain or shine

By Sabreena Saleem | September 1, 2014

Despite thunderstorms Friday, bands that performed at Corn Fest’s Sound Stage, the festival’s main stage, still managed to shine.Sound Stage was accessible to everyone, whether attendees were inside the Beer Garden, near the food vendors on First...

Corn Fest features weekend fun for all

By Damesiha Vance | September 1, 2014

Corn Fest continued to show students and locals the good DeKalb has to offer through music, rides and delicious food over the weekend.Funky notes, dancing feetBig Daddy Woo Woo from Rockford played some upbeat, funky tracks that had the crowd dancing.The...

Corn Fest guide

By Rachel Scaman | August 27, 2014

The Huskies will sport custom Corn Fest jerseys during this year’s first football home game today.Corn Fest is a free annual music festival that runs Friday-Sunday on Lincoln Highway between First and Fourth streets.CharitiesThe jerseys will be auctioned...

Road, parking lots close for Corn Fest

By Northern Star Staff | August 27, 2014

The first of a series of road and parking lot closures began Tuesday in preparation for Corn Fest. The city lots of Glidden, Ellwood and Haish, as well as the parking lots of Ronan-Moore-Finch Funeral Home and Frontier Communications will be closed from...

Music programs, classes open to community

By Keisha Howerth | January 22, 2014

Locals can sharpen their music skills and participate in concerts through programs offered at NIU.The courses are available through the Community School of the Arts, and children can also join the school’s choir.LessonsMusic lessons using the Suzuki...

City festival’s food pleased palates

By Kathryn Minniti | September 3, 2013

The food of Corn Fest has come a long way from farmers giving away ears of corn 36 years ago.Ice cream, funnel cakes, burgers, beef and sausages were all provided at the festival.There were many tents and booths serving good food and merchandise, and...

Hi-Infidelity puts on an electric light show Saturday as they play classic hits at Corn Fest.

DeKalb music scene flourishes during Corn Fest

By Carl Nadig | September 3, 2013

Just as classes were beginning last week, DeKalb’s history of maize and music ripened for the 36th annual Corn Fest.With vendors and tents outside tied down to anchors, bracing for the worst, the festival began Friday. Midwestern weather brought severe...

Corn Fest welcomes students to DeKalb businesses, community

By Roxana Moraga | August 31, 2013

Students who stayed in DeKalb Labor Day weekend were able to participate in Corn Fest activities.Now in its 36th year, Corn Fest moved back to downtown DeKalb, to the delight of some locals. Corn Fest is usually held over NIU's Move-In weekend. Corn Fest...

Callie Beckford, 31, of DeKalb hands out free DeKalb corn during the Corn Boil held at the DeKalb Taylor Municipal Airport during Corn Fest on August 25, 2012.

Bite into downtown DeKalb’s Corn Fest this weekend

By Grace Martin | August 29, 2013

Corn Fest is just a walk away this weekend.For the first time in five years Corn Fest will be held in downtown DeKalb. In the past, Corn Fest coincided with Move-In Day, while this year it will be held over the longer Labor Day Weekend.“We hope that...

Callie Beckford, 31, of DeKalb hands out free DeKalb corn during the Corn Boil held at the DeKalb Taylor Municipal Airport during Corn Fest on August 25, 2012.

City prepares for Corn Fest’s new location

By Ali Combs | May 6, 2013

Organizers are optimistic about Corn Fest’s move back downtown. Corn Fest provides free music and entertainment to the DeKalb community to wrap up summer. This is one of the last free summer music festivals in Illinois as well as one of the oldest,...

Corn Fest moving to downtown DeKalb

By Brooke Shinberg | February 19, 2013

Corn lovers rejoice: Corn Fest will officially be held at its previous location in downtown DeKalb after a five-year hiatus. The festival is held yearly and will take place from Aug. 30 to Sept. 1 in historic downtown. For the last five years, it has...