Welcome to the Cokato Corn Carnival!

Since 1950, the Cokato Corn Carnival has provided fun and entertainment for the entire family. During that time we have given away hundreds of tons of delicious, free, buttered corn on the cob. The Cokato Corn Carnival committee would like to welcome you to come and enjoy!

The Cokato Corn Carnival is a very family friendly event. All activities take place in Peterson Park in the center of Cokato. Admission, parking and entertainment are all free! There are rides and games, including corn bingo, and many concessions available in the park.  Stipe Shows has been providing the rides and midway for over 30 years!

Free corn-on-the-cob is served on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon from 4-8. Besides the parade Monday night, additional entertainment takes place on stage Tuesday and Wednesday evening. (Please see the list of events for more information.) Peterson Park has grass terraces where you can sit and watch the entertainment! Feel free to bring along a blanket or lawn chair for your comfort.

Children’s prize drawings are held Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon. These are free but you MUST BE PRESENT TO WIN. For more information, stop in at one of the information booths at the park.

We encourage you to purchase a $3.00 raffle ticket from one of the information booths. You will receive a free button and a chance to win cash prizes. The winning names are drawn on Wednesday evening at 10:00pm. You do not need to be present to win. Information about the cash prizes can be obtained at the information booths. As an important source of it’s fundraising, a great way to support the Corn Carnival is to purchase a raffle ticket!

Information booths are at the northeast corner and near the corn stand on the south side of the park. Ride tickets can be purchased at the Stipe Shows ticket booth in the Midway. Watch for weather announcements and updates on this website or at the Corn Carnival Lovers Fan Page on Facebook.

2019 Event info:
Schedule | Park MapParades | Coronation and Royalty | Car Raffle

Other event info:
History | Contact

Schedule of Events

All Events are at Peterson Park

Monday

August 12, 2019

5:00-9:00pm

Visit the Cokato Museum. Featured exhibit – “A Kernel of Time: Celebrating the 70th Annual Corn Carnival.”

6:00pm

Kiddie parade starting at Broadway and 7th. Participation treats given to all who enter.

6:20PM (time approximate)

Following the Kiddie Parade, the main parade starts at Broadway and 7th.

Evening

Music sponsored by Save and Share Thrift Shop

•Local musicians, Soren and Charlie Bortnem

•Bluegrass and gospel duet, “The Purple Hulls”

Food stands, Stipe Shows rides and midway open. Bingo opens following conclusion of the parade. Please note that there is no corn-on-the-cob served Monday evening.

View the Park Map

Tuesday

August 13, 2019

10:00am-9:00pm

Visit the Cokato Museum and Akerlund Photography Studio. Featured exhibits – “A Kernel of Time” and at the Akerlund Studio, “Downtown Cokato: A Photographer’s View.”

Noon (weather permitting)

Stipe Shows rides and midway open

Noon-3:00pm

Registration for children’s prize giveaway (14 years and younger). Must be present to win.

1:30pm-Close

Bingo

2:00-7:00pm

Friends of the Cokato Library, Annual Book Sale

3:15pm

Children’s prize drawing, main stage. Must be present to win.

4:00-8:00pm

Serving free corn-on-the-cob. (Donated by Faribault Foods.)

8:00pm

73rd annual Miss Cokato Coronation

Wednesday

August 14, 2019

10:00am-9:00pm

Visit the Cokato Museum and Akerlund Photography Studio. Featured exhibits – “A Kernel of Time” and at the Akerlund Studio, “Downtown Cokato: A Photographer’s View.”

Noon (weather permitting)

Stipe Shows rides and midway open

Noon-3:00pm

Registration for children’s prize giveaway (14 years and younger). Must be present to win.

1:30pm-Close

Bingo

2:00-7:00pm

Friends of the Cokato Library, Annual Book Sale

3:15pm

Children’s prize drawing, main stage. Must be present to win.

4:00-8:00pm

Serving free corn-on-the-cob. (Donated by Faribault Foods.)

7:00pm

Entertainment by Mid Minnesota Concert Band, near the main stage.

8:00pm

Entertainment sponsored by Kensington Bank, Tonic Sol-Fa.

10:00pm

Drawing for the 2019 car. (Ten $100 and one $500 alternate prizes also awarded.)

10:00pm

Cash prize drawing: $1000, $1500, $2500; (seven $100 alternate prizes also awarded)

Fast Facts

12,000

Ears of corn served each year

71

Years the Corn Carnival has taken place

300+

Volunteers each year

Parades

The Corn Carnival and Parade Committee request that participants hand out items, including candy, along the parade route. With the safety of all in mind, items MAY NOT be thrown from any motorized vehicle, including lawn mowers, golf carts, etc.

Kiddie Parade

The Corn Carnival Kiddie Parade begins at 6:00pm, with sign-up starting at 5:30pm at the corner of Broadway Avenue and 7th Street East. No entry form is needed for the kiddie parade. Entires are encouraged to be as creative as they wish along with dressing in family friendly costumes. No motorized vehicles are allowing in the kiddie parade. The participants will walk along the main parade route with that parade to follow. All kiddie parade participants will go home with a water bottle and treat bag.

The event is sponsored by Dassel-Cokato Early Childhood. If you have any questions about the kiddie parade, please call the DC Early Childhood office at 320-286-4120.

Main Parade

The main parade begins immediately following the kiddie parade. All entries must enter the lineup at 7th Street and US Highway 12. Lineup runs from the corner of Mooers Avenue and 7th Street East to US Highway 12. For more information about the main parade, contact the Cokato Corn Carnival.

Click here for a downloadable registration form.

Coronation and Royalty

The Miss Cokato Coronation takes place Tuesday evening at 8:00 on the main stage in Peterson Park.

The park has grass terraces where you can sit and watch the entertainment! Feel free to bring a blanket or lawn chair for your comfort.

For more information about Cokato’s royalty program, email the Cokato Queens Committee or contact the Cokato Corn Carnival.

To see past Royalty, click here.

Car Raffle

The Cokato Corn Carnival and Cokato Fire Department hold a car raffle each year. The tickets are $100 each and only 300 are sold. Grand prize is a new car. 2nd prize is $500. Additional prizes are 10, $100 winners.

Tickets can be purchased at Cokato Motors, Cokato City Hall or from any Cokato Fire Department member. Proceeds go to Cokato Corn Carnival and the Cokato Fire Department.

As an important source of it’s fundraising, a great way to support the Corn Carnival is to purchase a raffle ticket!

Click here to find out how to purchase a ticket.  To see the past winners, click here.

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