ALL EARS: The 28th edition of Corn Fest takes over downtown Camp Verde

Ears roasting on Main Street during Cornfest. (Courtesy of CV Parks & Recreation)

Corn Fest has been an annual tradition in Camp Verde for 28 years. The festival, which takes place on July 16 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., traditionally pays homage to the Verde Valley’s famous sweet corn, grown on Hauser & Hauser farms.

This year’s event strives to showcase other agricultural products and heritage offerings from Camp Verde, in addition to sweet corn. Entrance to the festival is free.

“This event has its own personality,” said Camp Verde Parks and Recreation Recreation Supervisor Shawna Figy. “It’s the only event where we’re closing down Hollamon Street to give it more of a street fair feel.”

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Festival programming includes food, games, arts and crafts vendors, and musical entertainment. Vendors for the event will be located outdoors along Hollamon Street as well as inside the community center gymnasium.

“We have over 75 food, craft, commercial and non-profit vendors registered to attend the event,” Figy said. “There will be a 20×30 tent for vendors at the Verde Valley Farmers Market, with Verde Grown and Local First AZ participating in the event this year.”

Hauser & Hauser Farms freshly roasted and shelled take-out corn will be sold by Meals on Wheels and proceeds will benefit this organization. Camp Verde Little League will also have a dunk tank as a fundraiser. Food trucks offering a variety of menus will be on site and the Verde Valley Rangers will be operating a beer tent.

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New to Corn Fest this year is the homemade salsa contest, with prizes in traditional (tomato-based) and non-traditional (mango, corn, etc.) categories.

And a Corny Joke Open Mic event takes place at 5:15 p.m.

There will be a children’s activity garden from noon to 5 p.m. with lots of fun for the kids. Registration for the AB Cornhole Tournament opens at 11 a.m. with the first draw at noon.

The Country in the Corn Live Music Festival begins at 11 a.m. with Creekside Music kicking off the local entertainment lineup. Other musical acts include 99 Years (a Johnny Cash Tribute Band), Country Velvet with Jacque DuHame and Chris Sabbarese, Kicked Outta Cottonwood (KOCband) and Rev. Nash Rambler & the Cheatin’ Gamblers.

“This event provides an accessible and positive experience for Camp Verde residents,” Figy said. “It allows us to introduce the culture and community of Camp Verde to residents and visitors.”

Adjacent to the Camp Verde Community Center is Fort Verde State Park, which has original buildings and exhibits from the military colony located here during the Apache Wars in the 1880s. National Historic Places and will have special presentations during Corn Fest. Fort Verde is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Just off Hollamon Street at 286 S. Third St., visitors can explore the American Legion Armed Forces Museum of Camp Verde. Exhibits span America’s wars from the late 1800s through the early 2000s. The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free and they will have presentations during Corn Fest.

For more information about Corn Fest, visit www.visitcampverde.com or contact the City of Camp Verde Parks and Recreation Department at [email protected] or 928-554-0820, ext. 3.

Keep in mind that Corn Fest is not a pet-friendly event. Only service animals are allowed.

Cindy Cole is a freelance writer for Verde Valley Newspapers. She is a writer, editor, photographer and artist. Contact her at [email protected]

David H. Henry