About Grundy County
Corn Festival

Our Story

Celebrating our 72nd year in 2021, Corn Festival is the cornerstone event in Grundy County. A county wide celebration - Corn Festival makes its home in the county seat of Morris with an emphasis on events downtown. The festival is a homecoming of sorts and takes place September 22-26, 2021. The event celebrates the rich agricultural history in Grundy County and offers everything from a farm fair, craft shows, carnival, music and food, food, food. The town is decorated beautifully to celebrate the fall harvest and everyone joins in the spirit by dressing in their best jeans and flannels. On Sunday afternoon, enjoy one of the state's best and largest parades featuring floats, bands, equestrian units, Shriners, and so much more. Corn Festival - once you've been to it - you'll always want to come back.

Board Members

  • John Sparrow

    President

  • Jewel Buttry

    Vice President

  • Jim Maskel

    Vice President

  • Sue Morse

    Secretary

  • Cindie Hunt

    Treasurer

  • Tracy Stott

    Logistics Chair

Staff

  • Roberta Bailey

    Office Manager

  • Debbi Olson

    Administrative Assistant

Legal Counsel

  • Mark Rigazio

  • Donald Black

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2021 Volunteer List

5k Run

  • Leigh Anne Hall

    Chair

Antique Farm Tractor & Machinery Show

  • Ron Hibler

    Chair

Art Show

  • Ray & Rose Grossi

    Chair

  • Delta Phi Art Club

Baby Show

  • Heidi Kindlespire

    Chair

Beer Tent

  • Jewel Buttry

  • Jim Maskel

Buttons & Books

  • Debbi Olson

    Chair

  • Sue Morse

Concessions

  • Jewel Buttry

    Chair

  • Dave Smith

Corn, Grain & Flower Show

  • Jeri Robinson

    Chair

Craft Fair / Flea Market

  • Jim Maskel

    Chair

  • Dave Smith

    Co-Chair

  • Brian Newell

  • Tom Maskel

  • Morris VFW #6049 Auxiliary

  • Peace Chapel Assembly of God - Boom Crew Youth Group

Crackerbox Derby

  • Darrell Gay

    Chair

Corn Festival Book

  • Roberta Bailey

    Chair

Dance Exhibition

  • Pam Simpson

    Chair

Decorations

  • Bob Bols

    Donor of Corn

  • Pete Butler

  • Jewel Buttry

  • Sue Morse

  • John Sparrow

  • City of Morris Department of Public Works

Entertainment

  • Jim Maskel

    Chair

  • Jewel Buttry

  • Cindie Hunt

  • Tracy Chronister

Hobby and Handicrafts Show

  • Jeri Robinson

    Chair

Information Booth

  • Gina Anderson

    Staffing

  • Kirk Smart

    Merchandising

Kiddie Parade

  • Christina Hester

    Chair

Kiddie Water Fights

  • Grundy County Fire Departments

Parade Master of Ceremonies

  • Don Phillips

Parade Check-In Booth

  • Kaylea Mann

  • Tyler Mann

  • Jordan Cummings

Photo Show

  • Ray & Rose Grossi

    Chair

Pie Eating Contest

  • Sue Morse

    Chair

Public Address System

  • Corn Festival Committee

  • WCSJ/WJDK

  • Olson Auction Service

Queen Coronation

  • Pam Gill

    Chair

  • Sue Morse

Safety and Traffic

  • Morris Police Department

  • Grundy County Sheriff's Department

  • Morris Fire Protection & Ambulance District

Utility

  • Dave Smith

  • Tom Maskel

  • Jeff Hunt

Website

  • Jim Maskel

  • Cloud Nine Web Design

    Ed Ellingham

Parades

  • Cindie Hunt

    Parade Chair

  • Tracy Stott

  • Jewel Buttry

  • Fred Lestina

  • Don Lutes

  • Jeff Hunt

  • Tom Maskel

  • Jim Maskel

  • Sue Morse

  • Dave Smith

  • Annette Ruffner

  • John Ruffner

  • Sara Carey

  • American Legion Riders, Post 294

  • Grundy County EMA

Special Thanks

  • City of Morris, Department of Public Works and Water Departments

  • Mayor Chris Brown and the City Council

  • Sheriff Ken Briley and the Grundy County Sheriff's Department

  • Chief Alicia Steffes and the Morris Police Department

  • Chief Tracey Steffes and the Morris Fire Protection District

  • Grundy County Chamber of Commerce

  • Grundy County Agricultural District Fair

  • Knights of Columbus

  • The Exibit Fine Art Center and Gallery

  • Morris Downtown Development Partnership

  • Morris Herald News

  • Brandts Printing

  • First Presbyterian Church

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