2017 Corn Festival

Welcome to the 2017 Morganfield Lions Club Corn Festival Web Site!

Corn Festival Theme

We Serve!

The motto of the International Lions Club reflects the attitude and mission of the local Lions. We are local business owners, public officials, attorneys, professionals and civic minded citizens who volunteer our time and effort to the betterment of our community. Your support for the annual Corn Festival provides the funds for the Lions Club to provide vision screening, eye exams, eye glasses and surgery for the needy of Union County and its residents.

2017 Corn Festival Awards

Grand Marshall

Grand Marshall - Robert Ervin

Golden Kernel

Golden Kernel - Jerry Manning

General Festival Information
Dates: Thursday September 14th through Saturday September 16th
Theme: CORN - Powering Union County to Greatness

News Release!
Date: August 28, 2017
The Morganfield Lions Club is bringing back its decorating contest for the upcoming Corn Festival. All businesses and residences along the parade route are encouraged to decorate for the Festival and a $50 gift certificate will be given to the first place house and the first place business.
This year’s Corn Festival theme is “Corn-Powering Union County To Greatness.” The decorations can adhere to that theme or to any fall-related theme dealing with corn. A $25 cash prize will be given to second place in both contests. Judging will take place Corn Festival week and the winner will be notified.
The parade is along Main Street from Legion Park west to Townsend Street and then north on Townsend Street, ending at Morton St.
News Release!
Date: August 30, 2017
The Morganfield Lions Club is still accepting applications for vendors. You can print an application and mail to Ruth Jones per instructions. Or you can contact Ruth on her cell phone at 270.635.5497. Our vendors are an important part of our success.
News Release!
Date: September 1, 2017
Each year the Morganfield Police Department submits an Operations Plan to the state that includes important information regarding the Corn Festival such as road closings and approved signage. This year the plan includes usage of the Senior Citizens Parking Lot for parking and dropping off riders participating in the parade. The purpose of this change is to eliminate Parking congestion on Richard's Lane. "Richard's Lane will be NO PARKING this year" Drivers may enter the Senior Citizens Parking Lot from North Padgett St, drop off riders and leave on North Padgett or North Carrier. If you are dropping off riders on the various floats, please use the Senior Citizens Parking Lot. Golf carts will be available for parade participants who need assistance.

The Police Department will also restrict entry to the park to floats and parade vehicles. The Morganfield Lions Club ask you to follow the directions of police officers and designated volunteers wearing yellow Lions Club vests to relieve congestion in the park. Drivers will be allowed to enter the park only from the lower football field gate and leave the park from the main gate near the American Legion building. The drive through the park will be one way only.

News Release!
Date: September 8, 2017
Deadline for mailing Parade Application. Please complete and eMail, deliver or mail application to the Morganfield Lions Club. See application below for details and further instructions.

News Release!
Free Cab Rides Home from Corn Festival on Saturday Night
Date: September 8, 2017
Taxi PosterThe Morganfield Police Department has received approval for a grant to provide cab rides, as needed, as a community service to Corn Festival attendees. On Saturday, September 16, 2017, a taxi will be staged at Old National Bank ATM from 9:00 p.m. until ?. The cab will be for the use of festival goers free of charge. Please thank a police officer for this service.
News Release!
Vendor Locations on Short St and Court St
Date: September 12, 2017
Print Current Map of Street Vendors by clicking on links below.

Court Street Vendors - 2017

Short Street Vendors - 2017

News Release!
Parade Staging List Published
Date: September 4, 2017
The 2017 Parade Staging list is now available. Scroll to Parade Section below for parade staging instructions and a document that contains parade participant entry numbers. For a complete list of entries, open the document and print it on your local computer or access it from your smart phone

Featured Events

Morganfield Crossfit Chipper Challenge

Rebecca Burke is expecting to double or even triple the number of competitors in 2017 in a multi-state competition hosted by Morganfield Cross Fit during the Morganfield Lions Club 2017 Corn Festival. The event is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. on Friday, September 15th.  The event will be moved to the parking lot of McElroy Mitchell & Associates due to its expected increase in participation. The competition will be equipped with stations for the various challenges she has scheduled.  Applications to participate in the competitions will be available on this site in the near future.  A fee will be charged, which will allow Morganfield Cross Fit to make donations to local needy organizations.

Chipper Challenge

3v3 Basketball Tournament at Legion Park sponsored by CPlant

Morganfield Lions Club presenting new 3 on 3 basketball tournament to be held at YMCA. For additional information regarding times, locations and rules, click on link to flyer below.

3v3 Basketball Participation Application
3v3 Basketball Waiver Form
3v3 Basketball Flyer

3v3 Basketball Tournament

Sand Volleyball Tournament sponsored by RiverView Coal, LLC

Riverview Coal will sponsor a new event at 5:00 p.m. on September 14 at 2017 Corn Festival. Sign Up at 4:30 p.m. Sand Volleyball Tournament, $50 entry fee per team. Register by calling 270.285.2774 or email: kim.humphrey@arlp.com by September 7th.

Volleyball Tournament Brochure.

Sand Volleyball

THE BALLOON GUY sponsored by Morganfield Lions Club

Back by popular demand. "Daniel Herron The Balloon Guy" from Henderson, Ky Thursday September 14th 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Click here to visit his web site.

The Balloon Guy

Annual 5k Run sponsored by UCB

Walk, run or watch the YMCA Corn Festival 5K Race. Finish line is in front of Court House. Cheer the runners home along Main Street.

YMCA 5k Race

13th Annual Cruise In Rte 56 Car Show

Dash plaques to first 50 registrants. Twenty-four trophies will be awarded. Three in each class.
Cruise In

Fireworks sponsored by Eidetik

Fireworks are scheduled for 8:30 p.m. on Friday evening at Legion Park. Spectacular Fourth of July class fireworks viewable from most parts of the city can best be enjoyed from the football field or from the Corn Festival venue.

Eidetik Fireworks

Corn Hole Tournament

The Corn Hole Tournament will be played the morning of Saturday, September 16 on the parking lot behind the library in Morganfield. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and play begins at 9:00 a.m.. The entry fee is $10 a person and half of the proceeds will go to the winning team and the remainder will go to the Morganfield Fire Department’s volunteer fund. Blind draw for teams. For more details call 270-997-2352.

Dance and Cheer Competition

Contact Lori Watson with questions. 270.952.5669

Dance and Cheer Sign Up and Waiver Form

Schedule of Events
Thursday Friday Saturday 

11:00 a.m. Food Booths and Crafts Open for Lunch
4:30 p.m. Carnival Opens (half price bracelet night) Sponsored by Morganfield Lions Club
5:00 p.m. National Anthem Opens Festival – sung by Abby Jones at Renaissance Stage
5:00 p.m. Sand Volleyball Tournament – Sign in- 4:30 p.m. Morganfield Park - Sponsored by River View Coal, LLC
5:00 p.m. The Balloon Guy until 7:00 p.m.
5:30 p.m. Miss Teen Pageant - Tessa Gough
5:30 p.m. YMCA Corn Festival 5K Race- sponsored by UCB
6:30 p.m. Miss Corn Festival Pageant - Tessa Gough

8:00 a.m. Food and Craft Booths Open
9:00 a.m. BINGO - sponsored by Old National Bank
4:00 p.m. Little Mr and MIss Pageant - Jona Moore
4:30 p.m. Carnival Opens
5:15 p.m. United Way Campaign Kick-Off
4:45 p.m. Miss Pre-Teen Pageant - Jona Moore
6:00 p.m. Cross Fit Competition at McElroy Mitchell & Associates Parking Lot
7:00 p.m. Talent Show – Gwen Paris sponsored by United Community Bank and McElroy, Mitchell and Associates
8:30 Fireworks, Legion Park, sponsored by Eidetik

9:00 a.m. Baby Contest - Mary Heppler
9:00 a.m. 4th Annual Corn Hole Tournament, sponsored by Morganfield Fire Department
11:00 a.m. Cheer and Dance Competition at Courthouse – Ms. Lori at YMCA
11:00 Carnival Opens
12:00 noon The Kentucky Gentlemen at Court House
2:00 p.m. 44th Annual Corn Festival Parade
4:00 p.m. GlasTone at Renaissance Center


Parade Route Business Decoration Winner

Sand Volleyball Tournament 2017

Sand Volleyball Tournament 2017

The Beauty Shop, 204 W. Main St., was the winner of the Morganfield Lions Club Corn Festival Window Decorating Contest for businesses.

The Lions gathered at the Shop Friday to present a gift certificate to Holly Dyer, front, left. Lions pictured from the left are Gary Vetter; Matt Buckman; President Darrel Huff; Susan Girten; Treasurer Bailey Greenwell; Parade Chairman Dr, Bill Tapp; Emily Dominguez; and Mary K Heppler.

Sand Volleyball Tournament

Sand Volleyball Tournament 2017

Corn Festival Sand Volleyball, which is a new event, was played last night with 6 teams. Team from Earle C Clements Job Corp staff members called ECCJCA Sandbaggers won the double elimination tournament without a defeat. Team consists of captain Al Seymore, Billy McKendree, Bernard Grimes, Adam Frailey and Sabrina Frailey. The team to come in second is "The Miners" with captain David Morgan and team members Adam Carr, James Greenwell, Josh Greenwell and Tiffany Greenwell. Event was sponsored by River View Coal.


Grand Prize Winner 2012

One of the largest parades in Western Kentucky starts at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday September 16th.  The parade attracts over 100 entries that include marching bands, beauty queens, Shriners, Grand Marshall, antique cars, huge tractors and other farm equipment, a Corn Cob mini-car, horses, riding lawn mowers, floats that are judged in 4 categories: Civic, School/Club, Business, Church/Religious. Applications and parade staging information will be posted below during the week of the festival.

2017 Parade Application

To place an entry in the parade, print out an application and submit it to the Morganfield Lions Club per instructions. Information regarding your entry will be placed on this web site by Wednesday September 13th, 2017.
Link to 2017 Parade Staging List with Numbers

The link above contains a pdf document that you can print, which includes the positions for parade entries for the 2017 Morganfield Lions Club Corn Festival Parade. The list includes your entry number. Please attach a sign with the number to the left side of your vehicle or float. The number is needed to identify the entry along the parade route and at the viewing area in front of the Court House.
Parade staging starts at 9:00 a.m. Please follow the instructions of police officers and Lions Club members (dressed in yellow vests or purple shirts). Please be aware that the new walking trail will restrict access to parking near the football field. It will also restrict the area where horses are staged near the baseball fields.
This year all entries are eligible for the Grand Prize. The judges will begin viewing the entries at noon and finish at 1:00 p.m. Please have your float in place by noon and decorating complete. Any entries not in the staging location at that time will not be judged.
Your entry number will match a number on yellow tape in the staging area (Legion Park parking lot and road through the park). If you have trouble locating your number please ask a Lions Club volunteer for assistance.

Parade Float Prize Winners.
Antique-Tony Powell Business-Cornerpost Fence Co School - UC Wrestlers Religious - Northside Baptist Church Best Overall - River View Coal

2017 Overall Float Winner

The River View float took the top prize at the Morganfield Lions Club Corn Festival Parade. Accepting the Traveling Cup, at Friday's Lions Club luncheon meeting, from Lions President Darrel Huff, were River View's Ashley Brown, left and Brad Long.


Street Maps

Court Street

Court St Vendors

Short Street

Short St Vendors

Vendors and festival visitors can print Street Maps for food and craft booths by opening document and printing Current Map. Click on links below.
Court Street Vendors - 2017

Short Street Vendors - 2017
Please note that the email address of your Vendor contact has changed this year but your contact is still Ruth Jones. The email address is pbns42437@yahoo.com

Click to Open Other Corn Festival Vendor Forms and Important Information
Vendor Cover Letter Morganfield Fire Department Vendor Letter Health Department Letter

Click to Open For Profit Vendors Application - Please print both pages, complete forms and submit to Ruth Jones per instructions
Vendor For Profit 2017 Application page 1 Vendor For Profit 2017 Application page 2

Click to Open Not For Profit Vendors - Please print both pages, complete forms and submit to Ruth Jones per instructions
Vendor Not For Profit 2017 Application page 1 Vendor Not For Profit 2017 Application page 2

Sponsors and Advertisers
The Morganfield Lions Club thanks all of its sponsors and advertisers for their support, which makes the festival an annual success!
Festival Guide: Annually the Lions Club publishes a guide to the festival that contains important information about the festival, its events, its sponsors and advertisers and the individuals that it commemorates as Grand Marshal and Golden Kernel.
Shop with our sponsors throughout the year and check out their ad by clicking on the links below.
Gold Sponsors
Farm Credit Services Kentucky Utilities United Community Bank
Silver Sponsors
CPlant Home Oil and Gas Planters Bank
Corporate Sponsors
Jim David Meats Alan's Body Shop Consolidated Barge and Grain Dempewolf H&R Agri Power Morganfield Home Center Old National Bank Red Hat Realty and Auction River View Coal, LLC Security Seed State Farm Insurance Union County Bar Association
Fireworks Sponsor
Stage Sponsor
Band Sponsor(s)
Glastone and The Kentucky Gentlemen are sponsored by the Gold Sponsors
Parade Sponsor
Morganfield Lions Club

2017 Festival Guide Ad Prices

New Prices

Full Page for $175
Half Page for $90
1/3 Page for $60
1/4 Page for $50

2017 Pageants & Talent Contest
Pageant Applications
Baby Contest Application Little Mr/Miss Miss Pre-Teen Application Miss Corn Festival Application Miss Teen Corn Festival Application

Talent Contest Application
Talent Contest Application

Featured Entertainment

The Kentucky Gentlemen

Added new musical event this year. The Kentucky Gentlemen will perform in front of Court House from noon until 1:45 p.m.. This event is being provided by the Morganfield Lions Club for early arrivers for Corn Festival Parade. Come early and enjoy the music. Click here to visit their web site. to sample their music before the Corn Festival.

Twin brothers Derek and Brandon Campbell bring the soulful country sound that rise from the hills of their Versailles, KY hometown. "Forcing" friends and family to join them with their living room performances since age 6; at age 19 they packed their saddles and headed south to Nashville, Tennessee. Since then, it's been nothing short of writing with other talented, strong writers, traveling and playing hundreds of shows. The young men have been galloping uphill since 2013 and it looks as if nothing can keep The Kentucky Gentlemen from chasing the sun.


The Morganfield Lions Club welcomes back the GlasTone as the Saturday evening entertainment for the 2017 Corn Festival! Join the band at 4:00 p.m. for an enjoyable evening with wonderful music of the GlasTone.

GlasTone is a 6 member band based out of Western Kentucky. The group is comprised of 4 main vocalist (all males do background harmonies as well), acoustic guitarist, 2 electric guitarist, keyboard player, bass guitarist, and drummer. Our song selection is so diverse everyone stays happy and sweaty. Whether you are a fan of classic rock or you like to dance all night long to funk, and country this band has what you need. Songs old and new and everything in between. We are constantly learning new material to stay ahead. GlasTone is the latter, delivering an engaging and memorable event. We deliver an energetic live dance band experience. GlasTone specializes in serious fun and entertainment for all bar scenes,private parties and corporate functions. With a huge variety of live music available, GlasTone can work with you to create an event that will entertain your guests, get and keep them engaged and dancing, and thanking you for including them in such a great event. Let GlasTone take your vision to a new level with their energy, talent and impact. We're adding more dates and events so contact us for your upcoming event

Half Price Night! Thursday from 4:30 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.

All ride bracelets are half price from 4:30 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. on Thursday evening. Bring your kids for reduced price rides sponsored by the Morganfield Lions Club. This is a special offer by the Morganfield Lions Club to give back to the community. The Morganfield Lions Club appreciates your support. We Serve.

The Carnival is open at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday. On Saturday it opens at 11:00 a.m. and closes when the last rider rides!

Original Festival Guide
Lions Program Guide
Displayed here is what is believed to be the orginal Festival Guide published in September, 1975 by the Jaycees. It consisted of 22 total pages and 75 advertisers. Many of the advertisers are still in existence today but others have changed ownership or gone out of business entirely. For example, Barron's Processed Meats is now Jim David Meats but Reed & Gibson Texaco Service, which was located where Marko's is now a restaurant, has gone out of business.

Thanks to everyone for agreeing to help at the Lion’s Club information booth. Schedule is below. Yellow and purple tent will be on the one way street across from Renaissance Corner. Most people stopping at the tent will ask for event times which will be posted in the booth. There will also be Corn Festival books to give out. You are welcome to wear logo shirts for your organization and bring material to hand out. Baptist Church Haiti group will be asking for items to be dropped off during their time to help fill the shoe boxes to be sent overseas so if you have anyone during your session bringing items, please place them in a box that will be at the tent. Daltons will be providing help with trash pick-up and bathroom cleaning once again. There will be trash bags kept at the tent for their use. Cell phone numbers of the Lion’s club members will also be posted in the tent if you have any questions. There should also be several members working the stage and other area wearing either yellow Lions Club vests or purple shirts.
Thursday, Sept. 14 – Info Tent
11 AM – 4 PMKim Humphrey, Donna Sheridan
4 PM – 6 PM * UC Chamber organization: Barb Gorman, Nyra Syers, Kate Baker
6 PM – 8 PMUC WEECAN organization: Julie Brooks, Tiffany Beck, Tom Stevenson, Lark Buckman
UC Chamber organization: Jo Sheridan
* 4- 6 PM at Legion Park for Volleyball – Jo Sheridan
*4 – 7 PM in downtown for Dalton’s cleaning crew
Friday, Sept. 15 – Info Tent
11 AM – 2 PMHappy Pack – Marla McElroy
1 PM – 4 PMB2C/Happy Pack – Julia Sprague
4 PM – 6 PM*UC Chamber organization: Doug Rodgers, Josie Watson
6 PM – 8 PMUC Chamber organization: Lora Musser Jonell Blandford
*4 – 7 PM in downtown for Dalton’s cleaning crew
Saturday, Sept. 16 – Info Tent
9 AM – 1 PM * Info Tent Baptist Church Haiti Mission Organization
1 PM – 4 PM Info Tent Happy Pack
4 PM – 6 PM Info Tent Braves 2 College
6 PM – 8 PM Info Tent & close up Kim Humphrey
*10 AM – 6 PM in downtown for Dalton’s cleaning crew
Thursday, Sept. 14 – Carnival Ticket Booth
4 PM – 6 PM * 1 Julie Wallace952-0761
2 Mary K Heppler997-1025
6 PM – 8 PM * 1 Lynn Buckman404-580-7158
2 Will Monsour952-6101
8 PM – Close 1 Bailey Greenwell952-1544
2 Bill Tapp962-6214
Friday, Sept. 15 – Carnival Ticket Booth
4 PM – 6 PM1 Emily Dominiquez850-220-2246
2 Paul Monsour952-1191
6 PM – 8 PM1 Darrel Huff952-0913
2 Mike Obert952-1488
8 PM – Close 1 Brad Hagan
2 Brittany French Clevidence
*Saturday, Sept. 16 – Carnival Ticket Booth
*Carnival will sell tickets on Saturday