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 Saturday, August 28, 2021, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is held rain or shine.
This year's event takes place at the Shippensburg Fairgrounds rather than downtown. But you will still find the same street fair atmosphere with more than 250 craft and food vendors. Food booths feature corn in every available form. Attendees will also enjoy live entertainment, demonstrations, and children's activities. All events at the festival are free, so bring the family for a day of fun. Check the Shippensburg Corn Festival Facebook page for the latest updates to the events schedule.
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. From 1981 through 2019, the committee donated almost $400,000 to worthy projects and organizations, including the local 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. In downtown Shippensburg, you'll find The Cumberland Shop, offering unique and locally made artisan crafts. If you searching for antique treasures, you'll find what you are looking for at Interstate 81 Antiques. 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
When it's time to grab a bite, head to CJ’s, Appalachian Brewing Co., or Arooga's for casual pub food and drinks. Enjoy fresh quiche, artisan pies, bagels, and more for breakfast or lunch at The Art of Pie Cafe. Cool off with ice cream treats at Goose Bros. Check out the Cumberland Valley Ice Cream Trail for other locations where you can sprinkle in some fun.
If you plan to stay for the weekend, you can find a number of comfortable hotel accommodations from the Clarion Inn & Suites in downtown and the Courtyard by Marriott adjacent to the Shippensburg University campus, to the Holiday Inn Express & Suites and the Best Western, both conveniently located off of I-81. View all lodging accommodations in Shippensburg.