Corn Days Festival logoFor the past 48 years, the Church of St. George has sponsored by Corn Days Festival. This year, it will be held August 11-12.

The Long Lake Area Chamber of Commerce sponsors the parade on Sunday, which begins at 12 noon. To participate in this popular parade, please complete this form. It’s a great opportunity to gain visibility for your business.

The History Behind Corn Days Festival

Historically, St. George had held “harvest dinners” in September as a way to raise money for the parish and serve the local community a wholesome home-cooked meal. Parishioners Marge Rudd and Barbara Kozak came up with the idea for a new annual festival called Corn Days based on the traditional “harvest dinners.” They had two goals in mind: to promote community spirit at St. George and to raise money for the parish’s educational programs.

In August 1971, the first Corn Days Festival was celebrated and it quickly became an annual fundraiser for the parish and a popular and entertaining local tradition. There were carnival games, bingo, an auction and dances. Plenty of freshly picked corn-on-the-cob was boiled (not roasted like today) and served for free.

At the second annual Corn Days in August 1972, nearly 2 tons of corn was consumed and there was a 67-unit parade (the first one)! Overall and early on, Corn Days was a well-liked and well-attended event that drew in the local community to the summer celebration. In fact, former vice president and at the time Minnesota Senator Hubert H. Humphrey and his wife, Muriel, were the grand marshals of the 1973 Corn Days parade. By 1975, nearly everyone at St. George was involved in helping with and participating at Corn Days. For example, the Youth Council took on many projects that involved the youth of the parish and the local community. In no time at all, Corn Days became the signature annual parish fundraiser that brought people to Long Lake for a fun and memorable late summer weekend.

For more information about the Corn Days Festival, please visit www.CornDays.com