The Fairborn Sweet Corn Festival has been held since 1982. STAFF FILE PHOTO 
Photo: Dave Munch
Photo: Dave Munch

Fairborn Sweet Corn Festival is a celebration of the summer harvest

Sweet corn, children’s activities and live music on the bill for 2019

The 39th annual Fairborn Sweet Corn Festival, on tap this weekend, has food and fun for everyone.


The festival started in 1982 with 40 vendor booths and a few thousand attendees. Now, it’s up to 180 booths and more than 45,000 joining in on the tasty fun over the two-day event.

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One thing that hasn’t changed is having the Sweet Corn King and Queen kick things off with a ribbon cutting ceremony. This year’s honorees are Jamie Hensley and Linda Hall.

Photo: Tom Gilliam


With the Sweet Corn Festival officially opened, visitors can expect to see attractions like a corn eating contest, free entertainment, arts, crafts booths, and – of course – the star of the show: delicious steamed sweet corn from Brentlinger Farms. The corn is cooked in the husk using a steam engine from the 1800s. 

The Fairborn Sweet Corn Festival will offer sweet corn in all forms. You can even participate in a contest. STAFF FILE PHOTO
Photo: Ron Alvey

You can also have fun with the corn eating contest, where two teams battle it out for sweet corn supremacy. The catch is the combatants aren’t allowed to hold the corn themselves. 

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If corn is not your thing, you can look to tasty options like barbecue chicken, pork chop sandwiches and fresh cut watermelon to name a few.

Sweet corn is the star of the show at Fairborn’s Sweet Corn Festival, scheduled this year for Aug. 19-20. CONTRIBUTED

The event is designed to be family-friendly, with attractions for kids such as pony and train rides and a bounce house.

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There will also be an 1840s Pioneer Village with candle making, a silver smith, a black smith and powder gun demonstrations.

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Don’t miss the music and dancing. A number of bands and dancing groups will perform including the Fairborn Civic Band, Honey Creek Cloggers, Sophia and the Shimmy Cats Belly Dancing and the Miami Valley Music Men.

Alcohol will not be available.


When: 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday Aug. 17 ; 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday Aug. 18.

Where: Community Park, 691 E. Dayton-Yellow Springs Road, Fairborn

Price: Free parking and admission