Good food, good entertainment, and good works sum up the Shippensburg Corn Festival, held annually on the last Saturday in August. This year's edition is set for this Saturday, August 31, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is held rain or shine.
Several blocks in downtown Shippensburg are closed to traffic and transformed into a huge street fair with more than 250 craft and food vendors. Food booths feature corn in every available form. Entertainers perform all day at three sites throughout the festival and there are a variety of strolling acts and demonstrations, plus children’s activities. All events at the festival are free, so bring the family for a day of fun.
So where do the good works come in? Each year, the Corn Festival Committee donates money to preservation and enhancement projects throughout the Shippensburg area. In its three-plus decades of existence, the committee has donated almost $400,000 to worthy projects and organizations, including the library, Locust Grove Cemetery, the Middle Spring Watershed Association, and the Shippensburg Historical Society.
Other Things to See & Do
Make it a weekend getaway to the Cumberland Valley. If you enjoyed the craft booths at the Corn Festival, explore all the arts and artisans the Valley has to offer by following the Artisan Adventure Trail. Or find a moment of peace and quiet away from the crowds along the Cumberland Valley Rail Trail, which features the recently-opened Cumberland Valley Railroad Museum at the Shippensburg Station trailhead. If you brought the kids, check out indoor and outdoor fun for the whole family.
Check out the events calendar to see what other fun events and activities are happening in the area.
Dining & Lodging
If you plan to stay for the weekend, you can be in the center of the action at Quality Inn & Suites Shippen Place Hotel, located in the heart of downtown Shippensburg. On the outskirts of town, you will find several other hotels to choose from.