Sweet Corn Festival, Tour de Corn this weekend in East Prairie

Tour de Corn committee member Emily Dahlbeck previews several events coming up in East Prairie.
Published: Jun. 9, 2022 at 9:15 AM CDT|Updated: Jun. 24, 2022 at 7:56 AM CDT
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EAST PRAIRIE, Mo. (KFVS) - The East Prairie Police Department is reminding people to watch out for pedestrians and bicyclists this weekend.

PSA::: As the Sweetcorn Festival kicks off today please watch for pedestrians and bicyclist. There will be some road...

Posted by East Prairie Police Department on Friday, June 24, 2022

The 48th annual Sweet Corn Festival is Friday, June 24 through Saturday, June 25 with traditional and new events.

The festival opens at 5:30 p.m. with fireworks to end the day at 9:30 p.m.

The event goes all day Saturday.

Organizers say the event is a like a giant homecoming for everyone.

“It’s like a big family reunion and everybody belongs to the family,” said Chamber of Commerce Director Cyndi Norton.

The Sweet Corn Festival will feature food, vendors, pageants, car show, lip-sync contests, cornhole tournaments, the Main Street Party and more.

East Prairie is getting ready for the annual Sweet Corn Festival. Chamber of Commerce Director Cyndi Norton shares what events will take place this year.

The festival also includes the Tour De Corn, which features three of its own events tied to the festival.

The 21st Tour de Corn Charity Bike Ride is set for 7:30 a.m. on Saturday. On-site registration begins before the event.

The annual ride features four (mostly flat) courses: 15 mile, 30 mile, 63 mile and 100 mile, the Century Ride.

The route will take cyclist through East Prairie, Anniston, Charleston, Morley, Benton, Commerce and everywhere in between.

Rest stops along the way will feature fresh sweet corn, watermelon, homemade cookies and other goodies.

Support from Cape Bicycle and Cyclewerx will also be available along the route.

On average, 800 to 1,000 riders from all across the U.S. participate in the event that raises money for various local, regional and national charities. The event also raises funds for scholarships and civic projects.

Registration costs anywhere from $15 to $35, depending on the route.

While the Tour de Corn is taking place, a new event for children will get underway.

This year there will be a Tour de Corn Bike Rodeo.

Organizers say they are excited about this new event for kids ages 3 to 12.

“We’re partnering with Missouri Extension and 4-H and they are actually going to tech them safety, there will be some obstacle courses, just a lot of fun to get kids excited about biking,” said Tour de Corn committee member Emily Dahlbeck.

Participants will need to have a signed waiver, a helmet and a parent or guardian on-site for safety purposes.

This event costs $15.

For runners, there is an event for you too.

The Huskers 5K will take place on Friday, June 24 at 6 p.m.

Preregistration costs $20 and ends Friday, June 10. Registration on-site costs $25.

The start and finish line for the event is at the East Prairie Main Street Party.

For more information on the festival, events and preregistrations, click here.

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