Swanton Corn Festival History

This page shows a couple of articles from the infancy of the Swanton Corn Festival and illustrates some very interesting facts about Swanton and the Corn Festival from days gone by...


(This was the original press release.)
Historic Sign Restored

After two years of restoration work the historic Swanton Arrow sign will be reinstalled at its original location at the corner of Airport Highway and Main Street tomorrow morning (11/5/2009) at 9 a.m.

The historic sign, in the shape of an arrow, is 10 feet 6 inches long, 3 feet tall and 1 foot thick ad will rest atop a 19 foot 4 inch pole.  The sign was original erected in the 1940’s and was removed in the 1970s.  It remained in storage and was forgotten until December 2007 when it was rediscovered.  All of the neon was broken and it was in a general state of disrepair.

The Swanton Area Chamber of Commerce led the process to have the sign restored and received the generous support from local businesses.  T.R. Worline & Associates did the engineering for the new mountings and foundation, Swanton Welding fabricated the mountings and the support pole, Squigy & Ziggy’s Graphics did the graphic design and lettering, Sampsell’s Body Shop did all of the stripping and repainting, and the Corn Festival committee donated the money to repair the neon.  The neon work was done by Letters N Neon.  The Village of Swanton provided the legal work and prepared the foundation for the sign.  Rite Aid graciously allowed the sign to be replaced on their property at its original location.   All of the materials and labor were donated and valued at over $10,000.00.

Historic Articles / Financial Reports


1946 Queen

The Swanton Corn Festival Queen of 1948 Viola Griffin. This wonderful photo just happened to turn up and needed to be shared with the Swanton Corn Festival fans. We encourage you to click on the picture to see more fun history.

1947 Financial Report

1948 Financial Report

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