July Means Corn Fest!

If it’s July, it must be Corn Fest time! Camp Verde’s signature summer event returns Saturday, July 20 in Downtown for its 27th year. Come to this free event focusing on the agricultural heritage of Camp Verde featuring fresh roasted Hauser & Hauser corn, as well as prepared food, and a wide variety of other vendors. The event opens at 11 am and continues until 8pm with entertainment on the stage featuring 4 bands and children friendly fun. The event will be held in the Community Center Gym and outside on Hollamon Street, which will be shut down for the event.

The Community Gym stage will feature plays and readings of children’s stories and other children’s activities, as well as music. This one day event will feature both inside and outside spaces to beat the heat and enjoy the weather. Non-profit groups will be raising funds for scholarships and other community supports including the Yavapai Rangers with their beer garden and Meals on Wheels. In addition to roasted corn, fresh Hauser and Hauser corn will be available for purchase, both at the Farmer’s Market, along with lots of other fresh produce next door at the Redinger Ramada starting at 8 am and at Corn Fest itself.

Community involvement and participation is key to this event remaining vital and alive. Volunteers are needed as gate keepers for Saturday as well as set-up help on Friday and Saturday morning. If you are interested contact Parks & Rec at 554-0828 or email [email protected]

There is still space available for vendors both inside and out and non-profit groups get a discount. Local community groups are encouraged to become a vendor to promote and support their organizations. “I think most attendees would rather support a local non-profit when possible,” says Parks & Recreation Manager Michael Marshall. Booths for non-profits are only $50 per space to help encourage their participation. Visit www.visitcampverde.org/events then click on Corn Fest and then “Become a Vendor” for more info and an application. Starting at 6 pm an IKF sanctioned kickboxing tournament hosted by Golden Cobra will be held on the Community Field with a separate admission charge. This event will feature title fights between fighters from Arizona & Nevada.

Contact Camp Verde Parks & Recreation at (928)554-0828, [email protected] or 395 S. Main St. for more information.