46th Annual Arcola Broom Corn Festival Schedule 2016
Broomcorn Festival 2016
September 9 – 11, 2016
Downtown Arcola, Illinois
You are invited to the world-famous Arcola Broom Corn Festival, including the parade, craft booths, live entertainment, food vendors, and the 5K & 10K Road Race.
More information will be added as it becomes available. Please check back often!
Broomcorn Festival Schedule 2016 – Arcola, Illinois
Friday – Sept. 9, 2016
- 10:00 am Festival Opens
- 10:00 am Vendors Open
- 3 pm Grand Marshal Reception at Arcola Center
- 4 pm National Broom Sweeping Contest – Main Street Stage
- 4 pm Beer Tent opens
- 8 pm to Midnight Entertainment TBA
Saturday – Sept. 10, 2016
- 8 am 38th Annual ABC 10,000 – 5K & 10K and 5K Recreational Walk
- 9:00 am Vendors open
- 12:00 pm Beer Tent opens
- 12:30 pm Gunny Sack Revue – Oak Street Stage
- 3:00 pm Parade – line-up at Moore Park
- 8:00 pm to Midnight Entertainment TBA
Sunday – Sept. 11, 2016
- 9:00 am Vendors Open
- 10:00 am Church services at First Christian Church – 311 E. Main
- 11:00 am Jaycees Kiddie Tractor Pull – South Oak St. Sign up 1 hour prior
- 12:00 pm Beer Tent Opens
- 1:00 pm Gospel Music – First Christian Church parking lot
- 2:00 pm Entertainment TBA – Oak Street Stage
- 5:00 pm Vendors Close
- 6:00 pm Beer tent Closes
Broom Corn Festival Forms & Resources
Vendor Form>> ONLINE Arcola Broomcorn Festival Vendor Information Form
>> PRINTABLE Arcola Broom Corn Festival Vendor Information Form (PDF)
Broom Corn Parade Entry>>PRINTABLE 2015 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 and 5K Recreational Walk
Choose to run either the 5k (3.1 miles) or 10k (6.2 miles) race or 5k recreational walk on brick and hard surfaces through and north of Arcola, Illinois. Finish in downtown Arcola. The 5k course is all in town. 2016 marks the 17th annual 5k race. 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). Festival t-shirt to first 300 entrants.
Results: will be online immediately after the race. Race results will be available online at itsracetime.com
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.
Starting time: 8am sharp. Runners lead.
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 at 6:30pm and again on Sunday at 9:15 am.
All are welcome!