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Volunteer

The Sweetcorn Festival would not be possible without the time and dedication of countless volunteers. In 2017, we had the support of approximately 500 volunteers. Our volunteers are comprised of individuals, businesses, families, community groups, fraternities and sororities, high school clubs, and more.

Many of these volunteers return year after year and truly enjoy being a part of this family-oriented event. Our volunteers help to manage a variety of areas including corny the mascot, the corn tent, recycling stations, vendor placement, check-in tables, ice/water/food deliveries, and the sanitation team. Volunteers get some sweet(corn) perks as well! As a small way to say thanks, all volunteers receive a festival t-shirt, food and drinks, and a free ear of corn!

Interested in volunteering at the 2019 festival? Click Here!


Volunteer Prizes

All volunteers will be entered into drawings to win great prizes from the Urbana Sweetcorn festival and our sponsors.

Group Rewards

Any Business or Organization that volunteers a group may receive:

  • The festival will donate $50 to a charity of their choice
  • Stage announcements recognizing their contribution to the festival and the charity
  • Your group can wear a t-shirt representing your organization or business
  • Logo on Sweetcorn Website
  • Facebook & Twitter Thank You Post
  • Signage or Marketing can be shown during shift
  • Donation Box during shifts (if you are a non-profit)

Please email [email protected] to see if you qualify!


FRIDAY, AUGUST 23RD & SATURDAY, AUGUST 24TH


CORN TENT: the backbone of the Sweetcorn Festival, corn tent volunteers help cook the sweet corn using our antique steam engine, and help serve the corn to hungry attendees!

FRIDAY SHIFTS – Corn Cookers

3:00 PM – 6:45 PM || 6:30 PM – 10:15 PM

FRIDAY SHIFTS – Corn Servers

4:45 PM – 8:30 PM || 8:15 PM – 11:30 PM

SATURDAY SHIFTS – Corn Cookers

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM || 11:45 AM – 3:00 PM || 2:45 PM – 6:00 PM || 5:45 PM – 10:00 PM

SATURDAY SHIFTS – Corn Servers

10:45 AM – 2:00 PM || 1:45 PM – 5:00 PM || 4:45 PM – 8:00 PM || 7:45 PM – 11:30 PM


CORN CLASSIC CORN EATING CONTEST: volunteers will set up & tear down tables & chairs, recruit and check-in registrants, flip the tables between contests, and aid in contestant observation to crown the 2018 Corn Classic winners.

SATURDAY SHIFTS
11:45 AM –  3:30 PM


CLEAN-UP CREW: perhaps the most vital part of keeping our festival running smoothly from day to day.

FRIDAY SHIFTS
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM || 8:45 PM – Midnight || 11:00 – Midnight

SATURDAY SHIFTS
12:00 PM – 3:00 PM || 2:45 PM – 6:00 PM || 5:45 PM – 9:00 PM || 8:45 PM – Midnight


VOLUNTEER CHECK-IN: these volunteers help all the other volunteers! This job is located in the Main Street Parking Garage, and you’ll be signing in all volunteers and directing them where to go.

FRIDAY SHIFTS
7:00AM – 11:15AM || 11:00 AM – 3:15 PM || 2:00 PM – 5:15 PM || 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM

SATURDAY SHIFTS
8:00AM – 11:00AM || 10:45 AM – 2:00 PM || 1:45 PM – 5:00 PM || 4:45 PM – 8:30 PM ||


VENDOR CHECK-IN: early Friday morning, all of our vendors arrive in downtown and prepare themselves for the festival. Vendor Check-in volunteers provide the essential duty of greeting them at their arrival, checking them in and verifying all of the necessary documents are turned in.

FRIDAY SHIFTS
7:00 AM – 11:15 AM || 11:00 AM – 3:15 PM


VENDOR PLACEMENT: early Friday morning, all of our vendors arrive in downtown and prepare themselves for the festival. Vendor Placement volunteers provide the essential duty of helping these vendors to their booth location and getting them oriented.

FRIDAY SHIFTS
7:00 AM – 11:15 AM || 11:00 AM – 3:15 PM


ICE / WATER / FOOD DELIVERY: on hot August days, hydration, ice, and food for our volunteers and vendors is essential. Volunteers will roam the festival looking for vendors in need of ice, volunteer stations in need of food or water refills and deliver it! It’s a cool job, and someone’s gotta do it.

FRIDAY SHIFTS
2:00 PM – 5:15 PM || 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM || 8:45 PM – Midnight

SATURDAY SHIFTS
8:00 AM – 11:00 AM || 10:45 AM – 2:00 PM || 1:45 PM – 5:00 PM || 4:45 PM – 8:30 PM ||8:15 PM – Midnight


CORNY THE MASCOT/CORNY’S ESCORT: perhaps the most fun volunteer opportunity of all, Corny the Mascot and his escorts traverse the festival for photo ops, kids activities, and cheering on the Sweetcorn Festival! Honestly, who hasn’t dreamed of wearing a sweet corn mascot costume?

FRIDAY SHIFTS 
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM || 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

SATURDAY SHIFTS
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM || 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM || 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM || 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM || 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM || 9:00 PM – 11:00 PM


VOLUNTEER SIGN UP IS OPEN! CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP!


If you are volunteering as a business, service organization, or club, we have special offers for you too! Send an email to [email protected]


 

“My family and I have been volunteering for the Sweet Corn Festival for about 8 years now. It’s become a tradition to our family to where we all get together to laugh and work while giving back to the community. The reason I come back to help out is simply I like it; I enjoy the music, the people and fun. It’s very rewarding and you get to meet a lot of different people in and out of the community. Oh not to mention I love corn on the cob…that’s just an added bonus! I look forward to volunteering my services again this year and every year thereafter, it’s already marked on my calendar!”

— Christine Palmer, Volunteer

Urbana Business Association
111 W. Main Street, Urbana IL 61801
(217) 344-3872