year Hoopeston and Vermilion County host a wide variety of festivals,
fairs and community events, including the very popular National
Sweetcorn Festival and National SweetHeart Pageant. Hoopeston is
also an avid supporter of the Farm Progress Show, which has recently
made a permanent relocation to our neighboring community of Henning.
National Sweetcorn Festival was created in 1941 following the success
of the original Hoopeston Sweetcorn Festival started in 1938 by
local businessmen. For sixty years since, the festival has attracted
tens of thousands of visitors every year to a truly unique event
that features carnivals, a demolition derby, Grand Parade, Monster
Truck show, and a variety of other events. Each year the organizers
also cook approximately 50 tons of Sweetcorn with an antique steam
engine and distribute the sweetcorn free.
of the Sweetcorn Festival has always included the National Sweetheart
Pageant, a local event running successfully since 1941. Beautiful
and talented girls from all over America come to Hoopeston each
year to represent their respective states and compete for the title
of Miss National Sweetheart. Since 1970, the National Sweetheart
Pageant has produced eight Miss America winners, including Pam Eldred
1970, Rebecca King 1974, Grace E. Ward 1982, Debrah L. Turner 1989,
Carolyn Snapp 1992, Leanza Cornett 1993, Tara Dawn Holland 1996,
and Katie Marie Harman 2002.
City of Hoopeston welcomes the Farm Progress Show to its new location
in nearby Henning to continue a tradition long enriched in leadership
within the agricultural community. Top agribusinesses from across
the country will gather in 2003 for demonstrations over literally
hundreds of acres of farmland to showcase the latest in technology
and genetics. Equipment manufacturers and seed companies will provide
ongoing demonstrations at the Farm Progress Show, in an event that
has served as the model for most successful farm shows in the United
States and throughout the world.