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The Sweetcorn Festival would not be possible without the time and dedication of countless volunteers. In 2016, 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, beer stands, ticket booths, the corn tent, recycling stations, vendor placement, check in tables, ice/water/food deliveries, cup & supply 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 2017 festival? Check out the amazing opportunities below!


FRIDAY, AUGUST 25TH & SATURDAY, AUGUST 26TH


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 (11 shifts per time slot)
Corn Cooker :
6:00 PM – 10:15 PM

Corn Server:
7:45 PM – 11:00 PM

SATURDAY SHIFTS (4-11 shifts per time slot)
Corn Cooker :
1:45 PM – 5:00 PM ||  5:45 PM – 10:00 PM

Corn Server:
7:45 PM – 11:15 PM


BEER STANDS: now this is an exciting volunteer opportunity. Beer stand volunteers serve as bartenders and provide attendees with adult beverages. (21 and over, please)

FRIDAY SHIFTS (0 shifts per time slot)
FULL

SATURDAY SHIFTS (2-4 shifts per time slot)
  8:45 PM – 12:00 AM


CORN CLASSIC CORN EATING CONTEST: volunteers will set up & tear down tables & chairs, check in registrants, flip the tables between contests, and aid in contestant observation to crown the 2017 Corn Classic winners.

SATURDAY SHIFTS (0 shifts per time slot)
FULL


KRANNERT KID ZONE: join the fun to help our young corn eaters make guitar pic bracelets and paint the ELLNORA mural… just in time for Ellnora: The Guitar festival at Krannert Center, September 14-16!

FRIDAY SHIFTS (0 shifts per time slot)
FULL

SATURDAY SHIFTS (2-4 shifts per time slot)
2:45 PM – 6:00 PM || 5:45 PM – 9:00 PM


BUD LIGHT CORN-HOLE: volunteers will collect tickets and oversee the corn-hole area.

FRIDAY SHIFTS (1-3 shifts per time slot)
7:45 PM – 11:15 PM

SATURDAY SHIFTS (2-4 shifts per time slot)
 5:45 PM – 9:00 PM || 8:45 PM – 12:00 AM


CUP & SUPPLY DISTRIBUTION: volunteers will check in with the bars and beer tents to see if any supplies are needed.

FRIDAY SHIFTS (2 shifts per time slot)
4:30 PM – 8:00 PM || 7:45 PM – 11:15 PM

SATURDAY SHIFTS (2 shifts per time slot)
 2:45 PM – 6:00 PM || 5:45 PM – 9:00 PM || 8:45 PM – 12:00 AM


RECYCLING COLLECTION: help Urbana stay green and volunteer to empty the composting and recycling receptacles.

FRIDAY SHIFTS
FULL

SATURDAY SHIFTS ( 2 shifts per time slot)
5:45 PM – 9:00 PM || Bin Breakdown 10:00 PM – 11:00 PM


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 (0 shifts per time slot)
FULL

SATURDAY SHIFTS (0 shifts per time slot)
FULL


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 (0 shifts per time slot)
FULL


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 (0 shifts per time slot)
FULL


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 (2-4 shifts per time slot)
7:45 PM – 11:15 PM

SATURDAY SHIFTS (1-4 shifts per time slot)
 2:45 PM – 6:00 PM || 5:45 PM – 9:00 PM || 8:45 PM – 12:00 AM


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 (0 shift per time slot)
FULL

SATURDAY SHIFTS (0 shift per time slot)
FULL


CLEAN-UP CREW: perhaps the most vital part of keeping our festival running smoothly from day to day. The clean-up crew will come in late Friday night to help prepare for Saturday’s festivities by collecting trash and recyclables.

FRIDAY SHIFTS (6 shifts per time slot)
11:00 PM – 2:00 AM


If you are volunteering as a business, service organization, or club, we have special offers for you too! Send an email to [email protected] to get signed up, or simply fill out the form below—it’s that easy!

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“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