44th Annual Arcola Broom Corn Festival 2014
Join us September 5-7, 2014 for the world-famous Broom Corn Festival, including the parade, craft booths, live entertainment, food vendors, and the 5K & 10K Road Race.
Broom Corn Festival 2014
More information will be added as it becomes available. Please check back often!
Broomcorn Festival [Tentative] Schedule 2014 – Arcola, Illinois
Friday – Sept. 5, 2014
To be announced.
Saturday – Sept. 6, 2014
To be announced.
Sunday – Sept. 7, 2014
To be announced.
Broom Corn Festival Forms & Resources
Vendor Form>> ONLINE Arcola Broomcorn Festival Vendor Information Form
>> PRINTABLE Arcola Broomcorn Festival Vendor Information Form (PDF)
Broom Corn Parade Entry>>PRINTABLE Broom Corn Parade Entry Form
Broom Corn Capital of the World
Arcola celebrates its heritage as the “Broom Corn Capital of the World” with the renowned annual Broom Corn Festival. Visitors can see broom activities, arts/crafts, free entertainment, great food, and a gigantic parade with the Famous Lawn Rangers. Additional, visitors can participate in the Arcola Broom Corn 5K and 10K races. The event, held the weekend after Labor Day, honors Arcola’s position in the late nineteenth century as a center of broom corn production.
World-Famous Lawn Rangers
Arcola is famous for the Lawn Rangers, a “precision lawn mower drill team” that marches in formation with brooms and lawn mowers in the Arcola Broomcorn Parade. Every year since 1980, the Lawn Rangers have marched in the Arcola Broom Corn Festival Parade. This unique custom was publicized by humor columnist Dave Barry, who marched with the Lawn Rangers in 1995 and has written columns about them. In 2003, President Barack Obama marched with the Lawn Rangers in the Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade to launch his race for the senate. As a result, The World Famous Amazing Arcola Lawn Rangers were invited to march in the 2009 Inaugural Parade in Washington D.C.
Arcola Broom Corn Festival 5k & 10k Road Races
Registration for the 2014 Broom Corn 5k is coming soon!
Choose to run either the 5k (3.1 miles) or 10k (6.2 miles) race on brick and hard surfaces through and north of Arcola, Illinois. Finish in downtown Arcola. The 5k course is all in town.
Course features police escorts, aid stations, and split times. Awards to top three finishers in each age division. Plaque to top overall finishers. Door prizes will be drawn (must be present to win).
Results: will be online immediately after the race. Your race results will be available here: 5K – www.ItsRaceTime.com/Results.aspx?ID=772 and 10K www.ItsRaceTime.com/Results.aspx?ID=773 You can add these links to your website anytime. Until the results are posted, it will simply redirect to our home page.Race results will be available on the Arcola Chamber Website [here!].
Starting time: 8am sharp. Runners lead.
Cost: $20 before 9/1/13; $25 after.
Check-in begins at 7 a.m. at Kelley Moore Park Pavilion, Route 133, Arcola. Two blocks west of I-57, exit 203 on south. No entrants after 7:30 a.m.
Men’s & Women’s Age Groups for 5k:
14 & under, 15-20, 21-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+
Men’s Age Groups for 10k:
29 & under, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+
Women’s Age Groups for 10k:
29 & under, 30-39, 40-49, 50+
St. John’s Catholic Church on the corner of Washington and Pine, in Arcola
Will celebrate Mass on Saturday (9-7-13) at 6:30pm and again on Sunday (9-8-13) at 9:15 am.
All are welcome!