Sullivan County 4-H Fair


Sullivan Corn Festival – 2014

Wednesday 9/17 – Saturday 9/20
Sullivan Court House Square


Every night during the Corn Festival, the Sullivan Rotary Club has a free concert for the entire community featuring multiple genres of musical talent. Entertainment that have performed at the Sullivan Corn Festival include:

BritBeat, Broken Grass, Caribbean Consorts, Chicago Farmer, Coal Train, Craig and the Crawdads, Cynthia Layne, Endless Summer Band, Gordan Bonham, Governor Davis and the Blues Ambassadors, Jennie DeVoe, Loretta, MacDaddys, Mark Cook, Oro & Plata de Jalisco, Philpot, Rachel Timberlake, Salaam, Sindacato, Situs, Sons of the South, Spudpuppies, The Dorians, The Max Allen Band, The Van-Dells, The Wright Brothers, Tons of Fun, Tony Salas, W. T. Feaster and Yearbook Committee to name a few.
For more information contact Paul McGlasson at 812-564-0878 or email at paulmcglasson@frontier.com.

Purchase Carnival Bracelets & Turtle Derby Sponsorships!
Bracelets are $17 in Advance, $20 During Festival
Turtles are available for $10 a head or $8 each for multiple entries.

Bracelets are available NOW at the following Sullivan locations:

Questar Capital – 28 S. Court Street

Sullivan Daily Times – 115 W. Jackson Street

Suzanne Gorgas State Farm Insurance – 1000 N. Section Street

Carnival Rides

Luehrs’ Ideal Rides from Belleville, Ill will provide the carnival attractions at the Sullivan Rotary Corn Festival this year. Luehrs’ President Andy Schoendienst said the company will bring its giant Ferris wheel, the Wiggle Worm ride and other attractions to entertain all members of the family. They will also bring all your favorite fair foods including elephant ears, funnel cakes, lemonade, corn dogs, cotton candy and so much more. Advance sales of bracelets will be at local Sullivan businesses listed above. Visit Luehrs’ Ideal Rides websiteLuehrs’ Ideal Rides website for festival coupons.

Corn Eating Contest

The Corn Eating Contest is also a popular attraction, both for participants and spectators. The contest is divided into age and gender groups, and each contestant is given 15 minutes to see how many ears of boiled corn he or she could eat. Winners will be given prizes for their efforts.

Contest Divisions:

Youth Male 12 & under
Youth Female 12 & under
Teen/Adult Male 13 & over
Teen/Adult Female 13 & over
Sullivan County High School Team Competition (Teams of 3 male or female)

Free Rotary Corn Feed

The Sullivan Rotary Club’s annual tradition of the Corn Feed will take place on Saturday, September 20th after the parade on the Courthouse Square. All are invited for free ears of corn with the fixings, along with free soda. Over 1,000 ears of corn will be given out to festival goers to guarantee that no one is left empty-handed.

Rotary gets big help from the Sullivan Beta Club, which shucks the corn before Saturday. Thank you to everyone who volunteers to make the Corn Feed such a success.

Heels for Meals

The 1st Annual Heels for Meals, high-heel race to support the Sullivan County Community Kitchen will take place at the Corn Festival this year. The race is open to adult and high-school aged males who are interested in having a fun time running in heels while supporting a great cause. More information and registration forms are available below.

Information Sheet

Race Registration Form & Waiver

Sullivan Elementary Student Chalk Drawings
Every year during the Corn Festival, the Sullivan Downtown Square is decorated by students from Sullivan Elementary. Starting Friday night, everyone can view these amazing chalk drawings!


The 59th Sullivan Rotary Corn Festival parade will be held Saturday, September 20, 2014 on Section Street at 1:00 p.m. The 2014 parade theme is “Lighting the Way” honoring Richard Wolfe as the Grand Marshal of the Parade. The Parade Reviewing Stand will be at the old Mary Sherman Hospital parking lot.

If you would like to be in the parade, please fill out the parade registration form for complete details on the event.
For more information contact Cindy Cox at 812-268-3700 or email at cynthiacox40@yahoo.com.

Parade Registration Form

Suzanne Gorgas State Farm, 1000 N. Section Street, will be accepting registrations Monday thru Friday 8:00 am-5:00 pm and Saturday 9:00 am-12:00 pm beginning August 1st.

Tents & Stands

The Sullivan Rotary Club would like for your organization, non-profit or business to be part of the festivities at the Sullivan Rotary Corn Festival by having a tent or stand. Rotary has obtained permission and responsibility for exclusive rights to the Sullivan City Square and 1 block immediately adjoining for the entire week of September 17th through September 20th. Please fill out the following tents & stands registration form for complete details on the event.
For more information contact Jon Bobbitt at 812-356-5204 or email at jbobbitt@hepn.com.

Tents & Stands Registration Form

Suzanne Gorgas State Farm, 1000 N. Section Street, will be accepting registrations Monday through Friday 8:00 am-5:00 pm and Saturday 9:00 am-12:00 pm beginning August 1st.

Tim Olson Futurity Turtle Derby

Entries in the Tim Olson Futurity Turtle Derby named after the longtime Sullivan Jaycee whose appearance in local businesses every September hawking turtle Derby entries heralded the impending festival will be whistled to the starting gate on Section Street at the Parade Reviewing Stand at 11 AM on Saturday, September 20th. The Parade Reviewing Stand will take place at the old Mary Sherman Hospital parking lot.

The turtles will compete in heats of ten to twelve contestants each, with the number of heats dependent upon how many backers buy turtles. Owners of each heat’s winners are awarded a Henry Bobe’s Trattoria Italiano gift certificates as their winnings.
For more information contact Amber Fitch at 812-268-3302 or email at amber.fitch@53.com.
Turtles are available for $10 a head or $8 for multiple entries.
See local business locations above to purchase turtles.

Wednesday, September 17th

5:00 PM
Luehrs Ideal Rides Carnival Opens

Motown Sounds of Touch

7:00 PM to 10:00 PM

“The MOTOWN SOUNDS OF TOUCH” – A TOP 3 FINALIST on the Popular NBC TV Show “THE WINNER IS”! The TOP “Motown Sound Tribute” In The Country! NO ONE DOES IT BETTER! Over 15 years of entertaining audiences with their energetic dance steps and colorful outfits! TOUCH members have also written songs for THE JACKSON 5 and MICHAEL JACKSON!! With Motown Records celebrating 50 years of great music, This is “the” act for all “MOTOWN” loving people to see!Thursday, September 18th

5:00 PM
Luehrs Ideal Rides Carnival Opens

Endless Summer Band

7:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Endless Summer Band is considered one of the finest dance bands in the country. Their unmatched musical variety and non-stop, familiar mega-hits-mix guarantees the athte dance floor will stay full all night long, AND THEY LOVE TO TAKE REQUESTS! You’ll dance to music from the 60’s, 70’s 80’s and 90’s and TODAY.

Friday, September 19th

All Day
Sullivan Elementary Chalk Drawings

5:00 PM
Luehrs Ideal Rides Carnival Opens


7:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Come Celebrate the Beatles 50th Anniversary of their arrival in the United States with BritBeat. America’s Premier Tribute to the Beatles is a theatrical recreation concert celebrating the greatest rock and roll group of all time, The Beatles.

11:00 AM
Tim Olson Futurity Turtle Derby

12:00 PM
Luehrs Ideal Rides Carnival Opens

1:00 PM
Corn Festival Parade on Section Street from Wolfe to Harris

2:30 PM
Free Rotary Corn Feed, Courthouse Square

2:40 PM
Annual Corn Eating Contest, Main Stage

3:00 PM
Heels for Meals Check-In Begins

Carson Willis

4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Carson Willis is a 17 year-old pianist, saxophonist, vocalist and drummer. He has great passion for many genres of music and has performed with bands, choirs, ensembles and as a solo artist for 6 years. Carson has performed on stages here in Sullivan, Terre Haute, Indianapolis, Brazil, Ft. Wayne, Bloomington, and Louisville Kentucky. He is a member of the Crossroads Community Church Worship band, the Sullivan High School band, and the Conservatory of Music Jazz Ensemble. Whether he is teaching a private lesson, practicing in his basement, playing and singing carols for the residents in local nursing homes or performing, Carson’s love for music is apparent and enjoyed by all who hear.

Blue Moon Swamp – Creedence Clearwater Revival Tribute Band

7:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Anything worth doing is worth doing well, and that’s what Blue Moon Swamp is all about. Reproducing the concert experience of an American treasure like John Fogerty is something we take seriously. Moving seamlessly from songs like 1968’s classic “Susie Q” to mid-eighties hit “Centerfield” and brand new music from the much celebrated 2007 release “Revival”, Blue Moon Swamp has stunned audiences from coast to coast. It’s a lifetime of unforgettable hits in a single night performance.

A Special Thank You to our Sponsors!

Gold Sponsors

Ivy Tech Community College
Republic Services
Sullivan Tourism Commission

Silver Sponsors

Access Realty
Atlas Energy Inc.
Banks & Brust
First Financial Bank
Great Dane
Holiday Inn Terre Haute
Jewett Printing
La Pachanga
Patrick’s Restaurant
Schilli Transportation Services
Sullivan Automotive Group
Sullivan County Community Hospital
Sullivan Family Dentistry
Sullivan SurgiCenter
Win Energy
Wright Salvage

Bronze Sponsors

Brian Schultz Insurance & Associates
Colonial Landscaping
Diamond Barbecue
Ellis Law
Fifth Third
Flooring America
Gavilon Grain
Hamilton Center
Holmes Memorial Chapel
Milburn’s Pharmacy
Millers Merry Manor
Norris Scale
Ohio Valley Gas
Pigg Implement
Springer Insurance
Steimel Communications
Sullivan County Animal Hospital
Sullivan County Bar Association
Sullivan Daily Times
Sullivan Family Eye Center
Wabash Valley Ashphalt
UAP Clinic