Feast on a bounty of corn-centric delicacies and take part in a bevy of hands-on, corn-related activities in the area’s first-ever corn festival!
Play games like Konk a Crow and Ring a Cob in the CORNival area. Compete in corn shucking races and learn how to make a corn husk doll. Enjoy both historic and modern cooking demonstrations (using corn as the main ingredient, of course), and discover the irresistible charm of English country dancing in the barn. Traverse a kid-sized mini maize maze and design a one-of-a-kind scarecrow. Tour the 18th-century Manor House and Mill, and watch demonstrations of coopering (barrel-making) and the grinding of corn on a quern stone.
Enjoy live bluegrass and folk music courtesy of Tappan Cowboys and The Ebony Hillbillies, who alternate sets all day on a centrally-located stage.
All visitors get a free bag popcorn as they enter! Other maize-inspired food selections include cornbread, corn salsa and chips, and corn chili from Tastefully Yours, sweet corn ice cream from the Blue Pig and draft beers and draft root beer from Captain Lawrence Brewery.
10am to 5pm
$14; $12 for seniors; $8 for children 3-17.
Free for members and children under 3.
Schedule of Activities
Broom Making - Made by hand with broom corn. Children make a mini to take home.
Activity Center - Watch demonstrations of historic cooking (Closed 1-1:30pm)
Mini Maize Maze - Kids wander through a maze that is tall enough to present a challenge, but low enough that parents can give them guidance
CORNival Games - Participate in a variety of corn-inspired games: Konk a Crow, Ring a Cob, Cornhole Challenge, Corn Run and Find the Golden Kernel
Make-Your-Own Scarecrow - Use your imagination and design a one-of-a-kind scarecrow, then take a picture with your creation
Three Sisters Sorting - Don’t spill the beans, but have fun sorting them by type, size, and color
Make a Cornhusk Doll - Create a doll from cornhusks, a longtime Iroquois tradition
Music - Throughout the day, enjoy bluegrass and folk music presented by the Ebony Hillbillies and the Tappan Cowboys
Manor House Tours - Explore the lower working level of this 300-year-old home (Closed 12:30-1pm)
Cornmeal for Sale
Gristmill Tours - See how corn and wheat were ground into flour by harnessing the power of water and heavy stones (Closed 12-12:30pm)
Mill Plaza Demonstrations - Learn the craft of coopering (barrel-making) and try your hand at using some of the world’s oldest milling tools
Noon + 4pm
English Country Dancing in the Barn - Discover the charm of this traditional form of social folk dance, the ancestor of contra and square dancing
10:30am, 11:30, 12:30pm, 1:30, 2:30, 3:30, 4:30
Corn Shucking Contest - Test your skill against fellow “huskers’’ in this exciting timed competition
11am, 1pm, 3pm
Cooking Demonstrations by Historic Food Works - Learn how to make easy and tasty corn-based dishes
Blue Pig Ice Cream Talk and Tasting - Get the inside scoop and get a taste of homemade sweet corn ice cream courtesy of Lisa from the Blue Pig in Croton-on-Hudson