The Broomcorn Festival

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Welcome to the Broomcorn festival

Arcola is an intriguing little town in Illinois, for the past 38 years Arcola has celebrated its heritage as the "Broom Corn Capital of the World" with the renowned annual Broom corn Festival. I was fortunate to be there for the 38th annual Broom corn festival that runs from September 5 though September 7. Visitors see broom activities, arts and crafts, free entertainment, great food, and a colorful large parade with the Famous Lawn Rangers. The Arcola Chamber of Commerce I found out was very instrumental in putting this powerful festival together every year they are the sponsors of the three-day event that runs Friday through Sunday. I arrived into the small town in the night having spent a little over two hours in Chicago; the sounds of music from a distance echoed the beginnings of a fun filled weekend.

Bailey with a broom standing infront of a bunch of broomcorns
Of course I was tired and by this time Michael had not told me the festival was on, otherwise we would have left Chicago earlier and attended the Friday night dance. Well that will be for another time, in any case I still had Saturday and Sunday to be there.

Saturday morning, Michael had to go pick up Bailey (his son, from his mother’s) so I stayed behind and had an early start with the festival. Some of the attractions they had had the day before (Friday) included the National Broom Sweeping Contest at 4 pm. and a performance by the Mattoon Dance Studio at 5:30 pm. By the time we arrived from Chicago the night was just beginning with the Master of ceremony sounding like he had had a few monsters to keep him at the top of his performance he sure had a convincing and strong engaging voice that could be heard far and clear.

A live growing broom corn on main street
The Friday celebrations went on until past 1:00 am. Saturday's festivities began way before I awoke. I slept till about 9:00 am. even with all the nice right outside of Micheal's apartment which happens to be right on Main street In-fact the street lighting and decorations were right on his window. The morning celebrations began with a morning 10-kilometer run, which was won by a lady (her mother was very excited I had to take a photo of them). I believe there was a 5k run too, but I did not get much of the details on this run to comment with confidence. By the afternoon, the roadside was filled with chairs and people waiting for the parade to begin at 3:00 pm. The parade comprised of almost two hundred entries, quite a display I must add. My favorite part of it all was the beauty quite show and the classic cars. There were bands of all kinds but my favorite of them all was the school bands who performed incredibly well.
An aerial view og main street and the festival from Michaels livingroom window.

Sunday morning we awoke to the cheers of the kids tractor pull at about 10 am. Beginning Friday of course one could not miss the more than 100 craft and flea market booths decorated with all kinds of things the Halloween theme seemed to be predominant and if I did not know better, I would have thought it was a Halloween festival instead. I will let the photographs do a lot more of the talking, enjoy!

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Africancrab says:
Yes, the pictures are many, I just need to resize them and this takes quite some time. I will add them slowly.
Posted on: Sep 09, 2008
mga_galang_paa says:
Are there more pics to be posted? Love them! :)
Posted on: Sep 09, 2008
Africancrab says:
It was absolutely fun
Posted on: Sep 09, 2008
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Welcome to the Broomcorn festival
Welcome to the Broomcorn festival
Bailey with a broom standing infro…
Bailey with a broom standing infr…
A live growing broom corn on main …
A live growing broom corn on main…
An aerial view og main street and …
An aerial view og main street and…
Storage units for corn after harve…
Storage units for corn after harv…
the race winner and her mother
the race winner and her mother
one of the booths at the festival
one of the booths at the festival
The brromcorn crowds
The brromcorn crowds
Halloween round the corner
Halloween round the corner
a flyer on the festival
a flyer on the festival
Hmm the fruit juice stand, now I w…
Hmm the fruit juice stand, now I …
Jesus on the mosaic church window
Jesus on the mosaic church window
The Catholic Church
The Catholic Church
I could not resist this beautiful …
I could not resist this beautiful…
Church window
Church window
Can you tell I loved the church wo…
Can you tell I loved the church w…
The main Catholic Church in Archola
The main Catholic Church in Archola
The broomcorn race winner and her …
The broomcorn race winner and her…
The Native American Flute player
The Native American Flute player
Huge maple tree
Huge maple tree
The huge oak tree
The huge oak tree
That is my dream X-mas tree, one d…
That is my dream X-mas tree, one …
Isnt this quite simply beautiful?…
Isn't this quite simply beautiful…
I cant remember why I took this p…
I can't remember why I took this …
This house had 4 different colors …
This house had 4 different colors…
We bought two teddies to support t…
We bought two teddies to support …
Fundraising for the war veterans
Fundraising for the war veterans
Corn (Maize) field
Corn (Maize) field
A surprise look, I wonder what I w…
A surprise look, I wonder what I …
Fresh coffee vending machine, wow!
Fresh coffee vending machine, wow!
Brooms
Brooms
theyhad funnel cakes all over the …
theyhad funnel cakes all over the…
The purple riders
The purple riders
beauty queens
beauty queens
school band
school band
school band
school band
Arcola
photo by: Africancrab