Residents of Lorain County and beyond likely associate the second weekend in August with the sweet aroma of hot, buttery corn drifting through the air.
The 45th annual festival, held Aug. 9 to 11 on Bainbridge Road between Route 83 and Root Road, featured fireworks, a parade, corn-eating contests, live entertainment, kids’ games and more. The 2019 festival also included:
4,300 ears of shucked corn
940 parade participants. The Grande Parade had to be canceled in 2018 due to construction, but the new 1-mile parade route saw 31 cars, 18 truck/trailer setups and 15 trucks this year.
98 vendor booths. The vendor presence has grown from just 13 booths at the first festival in 1975.
45 year history. The festival originally came together in 1975 because an event of “lasting nature” was one of the requirements for
North Ridgeville to be dubbed a bicentennial community for the United States’ 200th birthday in 1976.
3 Golden Kernels. The Golden Kernel Award is presented to North Ridgeville residents who have been involved in the community, helping make it a better place to live. Roger Galippo, Toni Krone and Gary Krone were presented with the 2019 award.
The 46th North Ridgeville Corn Festival will be held Aug. 7 to 9, 2020, at the same location.