The Beacon Sloop Club’s
annual Corn Festival
takes place on Sunday, August 13th, from 12 noon to 5pm, rain or shine, at Pete & Toshi Seeger Riverfront Park
. This favorite event is free to everyone and features two music stages, fresh corn on the cob cooked on the spot, homemade chili, fresh watermelon, educational displays and children’s activities, plus dozens of food and craft vendors.
Riverfront Park in Beacon is one of the most beautiful public spaces on the Hudson River. Festival visitors will find a wide range of activities right at the water’s edge.
The festival’s main attraction is the fresh picked, ready‐to‐eat local‐grown Hudson Valley sweet corn on the cob, cooked over an open fire. It can be yours for just a “Buck‐an‐Ear,” not to mention the hot chili (meat and vegetarian), cold sweet watermelon, cold drinks, and other summer treats for sale.
Music throughout the afternoon is provided on two stages. Performing on the main stage (on an earthen mound) are Hank Woji, Judith Tullock Band, Sarah Underhill, Spook Handy, The Howland Wolves, The Tree Huggers, and Vinnie & Mel.
Music on both stages is powered by solar trailers.
The children’s stage near the entrance to the festival welcomes Bindlestick Bill, Ken Miller, Lydia Adams Davis, Purpose, Nellybombs, Solar Sound and the Trouble Sisters.
Along the perimeter of the picnic grounds dozens of artisans and craft vendors sell handmade goods and food vendors offer a variety of lunch options. Explore environmental education tent with displays and hear speakers on subjects concerning the Hudson River, pollution, and other environmental issues. There are also booths from festival sponsors, area civic groups, churches, and non-profit organizations.
The festival is family-friendly, handicapped accessible, and fun for all ages. In addition to the live music, enjoy strolling among vendors and learning from environmental displays. Many free children’s activities are also available.
There’s free admission and parking for all. Or, take a scenic Metro-North
train up along the Hudson and get off at the Beacon station, and take a very short walk over to the festival! Don’t miss the fun!
The Corn Festival is one of three annual festivals put on by the Beacon Sloop Club, which was founded in 1969 as a local affiliate of Hudson River Sloop Clearwater. It is an independent non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of the Hudson River and strengthening the connections between the public and the river, and is entirely run by volunteers. Those interested in volunteering at the festivals and joining the organization can learn more at the membership tent at the festival or online at www.beaconsloopclub.org
Read what the New York Times said about the annual June Strawberry Festival
! Beacon’s waterfront has indeed evolved, even more than in 2011, with the completion of Long Dock Park and improvements to the BIRE CEIE and the bay! For more information about the festival call (845) 527-8671 or 463-4660.
The Beacon Sloop Club promotes responsible use of the Hudson River and its environs. Their Sloop Woody Guthrie
should be sailing again soon this year. After 36 years of providing free sailing on the Hudson River to thousands of people from all over the world, the Woody Guthrie
took a season off for major repairs. Support the mission that for so many has been a wonderful tradition. Click here to donate
if you wish!
Pete & Toshi Seeger Riverfront Park
1 Flynn Drive, Beacon 12508
When: Sunday, August 13th
Time: 12 noon to 5 pm, Rain/Shine
Info: 845 463-4660, (845) 527-8671, (845) 463-4660