All Ears

Almost as old as the city itself, Loveland’s Old Fashioned Corn Roast Festival began in 1894 as a way for farmers to celebrate the area’s booming agricultural industry. Though the annual gathering of cob lovers was taken over by the Loveland Chamber of Commerce in the 1980s, not much has changed in the ensuing years: Contests, cookouts and all things corn are still celebrated with pride during the two-day extravaganza.

“It’s a big community event, and the idea behind it is still to celebrate Loveland’s agricultural heritage,” says the festival’s Nicole Yost.

The fun begins with tonight’s shucking contest, as 36 teams of seven compete to strip the most corn in a timed race. That corn will be served up hot and ready to eat throughout the fest, and will also be used by corn fanatics of all ages in various corn-eating competitions. The Old Fashioned Corn Roast Festival Parade, complete with marching band, will kick off tomorrow’s festivities. There will also be vendors and live music from Denver’s That Eighties Band.

The corniness begins at 5 p.m. near the intersection of Railroad Avenue and 4th Street in Loveland and continues tomorrow beginning at 9 a.m. Admission and live entertainment are free; corn can be purchased for $2 an ear. For more information or to register to participate in festival contests, visit
Fri., Aug. 22, 5-10 p.m.; Sat., Aug. 23, 9:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m., 2014