Grundy County Corn Fest Canceled in part to lack of guidance, inspectors

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The 2020 Grundy County Corn Fest in Morris has officially been canceled due to the pandemic. This year’s fest would have been the 72nd annual event.

The announcement was made on the Festival’s website earlier this week.

“The Grundy County Corn Festival Board unanimously voted to cancel this year’s festival due to so many unknowns and variables at this time.  We know that the cancellation will be a big disappointment for many people,” the Grundy County Corn Festival Board of Directors wrote in a statement on their website earlier this week.

The Board cited one reason for the delay: A lack of guidance from the state, and inspectors.

“The Illinois Department of Public Health currently has not published their festival and parade guidelines, the state’s inspectors for carnivals are not doing inspections, and there is a possibility that we cannot obtain necessary permits/licenses for this year.” The Corn Festival Board said in the statement.

Corn Fest was scheduled to run from September 23rd to the 27th.  Each year the festival features a variety of shows and bands on music stages, a queen coronation and food vendors. It’s the first time the Fest has been called off since 1949. 

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