WILMINGTON — It’s time to fire up the festival.
The 42nd Annual Clinton County Corn Festival is set for Friday through Sunday, Sept. 6-8, at the Clinton County Fairgrounds.
Daily admission is $4 (children younger than 12 admitted free); weekend passes are $7.
Below are just a few of the scheduled activities, along with the many booths, vendors, food, sweets and family fun at the fest brought to you by the non-profit Antique Power Club of Clinton County:
On Friday the gates open at 11 a.m. with the official noon whistle and opening ceremonies at noon, followed by the first scheduled attractions — the working sawmill with steam engine fires up at 1:30 and the sawmill in action at 2 p.m., along with the Belt-Up Contest and Beehive Basics. Wheat Threshing starts at 2:30 p.m. with Straw Baling and the Hand Crank Contest both at 3 p.m. before the huge Fairbanks-Morse engine fires up for the first time this year at 4 p.m.
Quilting demonstrations will be held throughout the weekend.
The king and queen will be crowned at 5:30 p.m., followed by the Antique Tractor Pull sign-in and weigh-in at 6 p.m. — the actual pull begins at 6:30 p.m.
This year’s featured farm equipment manufacturer is Case.
Featured entertainer Johnny Lawless takes the stage from 7:30-9:30 p.m. on the Sound Stage, presented by the Clinton County Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Friday’s activities conclude with the Steam Engine Spark Show at dusk.
The gates open at 8 a.m. Saturday, but a morning highlight is always the parade through town starting at 10 a.m.
The Antique Tractor Pull is at 12:30 p.m., and the afternoon includes everything from the Nail Driving Contest (12:30 p.m.) to the Sack Tying Contest (1 p.m.) to the Cross Cut Saw Contest and the Weapons Firing of the 48th Company C OVI Regiment (both at 1:30 p.m.).
The Pie Eating Contest is at 3:15 p.m.
At 5:30 p.m. teams may start check-in for the annual Corn Olympics — this year with a “Toy Story” theme — with the always fun event beginning at 6 p.m.
As the News Journal reported earlier this week, the location of the Corn Olympics has been moved — from the race track to the special events area which is near the Boy Scouts’ corn booth.
Entertainment of the musical variety starts with David Wayne from 6:15-7:30 p.m.
Headliner Confederate Railroad performs 8-10 p.m., presented by the Clinton County CVB. They will now perform on the Sound Stage, which is being moved to the race track in front of the grandstand.
Gates open at 8 a.m. Sunday followed by Worship & Praise at 9 a.m., then the Antique Car Show at 10 a.m.
The Corn Eating Contest is at 12:45 p.m. with the Water Balloon toss at 1:15 p.m., the Tug-O-War at 1:30 p.m. and the Spoon Egg Relay and Egg Toss at 1:45 p.m.
The Wilmingtones perform 2:45-3:15 p.m. and the Fairbanks-Morse engine fires up for the last time in 2019 at 3 p.m.
At 4 p.m. the raffle drawing for quilts is held.
The whole 3-day event wraps up at 5 p.m.
Next year’s festival will be Sept. 11-13.