BRENTWOOD -- Less dust, cheaper parking, new musical acts, a shuttle service and extra vendors are among the changes planned for this year's Brentwood CornFest, which is scheduled for this weekend.
Due to complaints from last year's event, this summer's CornFest will feature better dust control measures, a free Tri-Delta Transit shuttle service from parking to the front gate and all parking for $5. According to CornFest co-chair Dirk Zeigler, this is the first time that the festival has offered two shuttle buses and Tri-Delta donated its services.
"With this event, the money that we raise we donate back out to the nonprofits and that is huge for us," Zeigler said. "That is a lot of dollars that can go back out into the community."
According to Zeigler, they have obtained a biodegradable product used by farmers to help control the dust and maintain ground moisture. CornFest organizers began treating the ground with this product earlier this week in anticipation of the start of CornFest at 3 p.m. today.
In addition to sampling both roasted and boiled ears of Brentwood's signature sweet corn, attendees may notice both new and returning musical entertainment at the 21st annual celebration of the city's agricultural roots. Friday night's lineup includes The Citations and Public Eye as headliners and fireworks starting at 9:45 p.m.
On Saturday, musical acts include AC-DShe and Papa Doo Run Run. Sunday will bring a Selena cover band from the Southwest called Como La Flor and Mexican dancing horses, mariachi bands and Latino-style dancing.
"Sunday is our Latino day. We are trying to do something special for them," CornFest co-chair Ken Seamann said.
Traditional CornFest festivities like corn eating and corn shucking contests will take place all weekend in addition to tractor races for children. There will also be a children's area, arts and crafts and a carnival.
"Come early and stay late. It should be one of our better events," said Seamann. "We have lots of vendors, six beverage tents and lots of shade throughout."
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What: Brentwood CornFest
When: Friday, 3 to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: At Technology Way and Sand Creek Road in Brentwood.
Parking/shuttles: All festival parking lots will be accessible from O'Hara Avenue and there will be no drop-offs allowed on Sand Creek. Volunteer parking will be accessible off Sand Creek between the railroad tracks and O'Hara. Shuttle buses will drop off passengers at the front gate near Brentwood Boulevard.
Info: www.brentwoodcornfest.com or 925-634-3344.