Got Corn? Cornfest: A cornucopia of fun, with food, fun, games music - and fresh corn.

Yes, the title is a little corny, but with Cornfest comes a lot of corn.

But that is not all that Cornfest is about.

Cornfest is about the celebration of the agricultural history of the area, along with bringing together the community of Camp Verde for live music, games, old-time baseball, arts and crafts, competitions and yes, corn.

So it does has a little bit to do with corn.

The annual Camp Verde summer celebration, Cornfest, returns for its 24th year of fun celebration.

The exciting fun-filled weekend will begin on Friday, July 17 at 3 p.m. and you will be able to grab your first ear of hot, buttery, fresh, fire-roasted sweet corn.

Festivities will begin with Crafters Fair and plenty of food and drinks from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m.

Live music will begin at 3:45 p.m. Friday with Camp Verde High School graduate Brett Worth, who will perform until 4:45 p.m. Following Worth will be the musical stylings of Ray DeSylvester, who will play from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

The first cornhole competition of the weekend will start at 6 p.m. with a cash prize going to the winners of the tournament. Friday's festivities will conclude at 10 p.m., but not before Hired Hands takes the stage at 7 p.m.

Cornfest will be back on Saturday morning with a birding excursion starting at 8 a.m. If you want to participate in the birding excursion, meet at Rezzonico Family Park, 130 Black Bridge Road in Camp Verde. Along with the birding excursion, the Verde Valley Farmers Market will also open at 8 a.m. at the Ramada on Holloman Street.

The gates of Cornfest will open at 9 a.m. with balloon rides on the soccer field behind the Community Center from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. weather permitting. Also at 9 a.m., Fort Verde State Historic Park will host an Adobe brick-making workshop. Fort Verde will also be holding a Scarecrow making workshop in light of the Scarecrows around Town event being put on by Camp Verde Promotions in lead up to Fort Verde Days in October.

Starting at 10 a.m. the Town of Camp Verde's Economic Development Department will hold an open house in rooms 206 and 207 of the Historical Society building to give the public an opportunity to comment on Camp Verde's General Plan and Future Focus. This open house will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The 1933 Rock Jail, the Crafters Fair as well as food and drink vendors will open at 10 a.m.

Also Saturday, Fort Verde State Historic Park will hold a vintage baseball game at noon, where players will dress and play like they did when the game was first played 150 years ago at the Fort. While the men are playing ball, the kids also have a couple of opportunities to have some fun.

Regular park fee applies for admission to Fort Verde. Park Entrance Fees: Adult (ages 14 and older) are $5. Youth (ages 7-13) are $2. Children (ages 0-6) are free. But $1 off admission coupons are available at Cornfest.

There will be a prince and princess contest for 3-5 year olds, and the Teen Advisory Board will host a capture the flag game with water guns on the soccer field behind the community center.

Steve Estes will take center stage at 1 p.m. with live music that will last until 5 p.m.

The second Cornhole competition will begin at 6 p.m. with a cash prize included for the winners of the competition. Cheap Sunglasses will close out the Cornfest Festivities taking the stage from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m.

Cornfest is put on each year by Camp Verde Promotions. For more information, call (928) 301-0922, email or visit

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