The Backus Cornfest Committee put planning into overdrive this spring to bring the annual Backus Cornfest back to life in the wake of COVID-19. Also returning will be area favorite events, the annual all school reunion, dinner, street dance and more.
This year's parade theme is "Dreams come true under the red, white and blue." Following is the schedule of events:
Friday, Aug. 13
- 5 p.m.: Backus all school reunion and guided upstairs tours at Foothills Christian Academy.
- 5:30 p.m.: Free will dinner with all donations going toward future reunions.
- 6:30-10:30 p.m.: Cornfest food booth opens on Front Street.
- 7 p.m.: Imaginick at the school.
- 7-11 p.m.: Annual street dance and beer garden at Willards with the Wayne Renn Band.
- 9:15 p.m.: Memorial lantern launch in the Foothills Christian Academy parking lot.
Saturday, Aug. 14
- 7:30 a.m.: Register for the 5K run in front of Foothills Christian Academy.
- 8 a.m.: 5K run in front of Foothills Christian Academy.
- 8-11 a.m.: Kids Fishing Tournament at Rocky Dock.
- 8 a.m.: Rolls, sausage, egg and cheese sandwiches with coffee at the senior center.
- 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.: Guided upstairs tours at Foothills Christian Academy.
- 9 a.m.-noon: Damascus way motorcycle kids games and rides.
- 11 a.m.: Treasure map games at the trailside pavilion.
- 11 a.m.-2 p.m.: Lunch at the Backus Fire Hall.
- Noon: Sign up starts for horseshoes and bean bag tournaments at the Backus American Legion.
- Noon: Games, relay race for children, money scramble, cake walk, corn eating contest and more.
- Noon-6 p.m.: Dunk tank.
- 1 p.m.: Horseshoe and bean bag tournaments start at the Backus American Legion.
- 2 p.m.: Cornfest parade begins.
- 3 p.m.: Bingo at the senior center.
- 3 p.m.: Lunch at the Backus American Legion for attending post color guards.
- 4-7 p.m.: Adult fishing bowl tournament begins.
- 5 p.m.: Battle of the Bands at Foothills Christian Academy.
- 5 p.m.: Meat raffle on Front Street.
- 6:30 p.m.: Meat raffle at the Backus American Legion.
- 7-11 p.m.: Street dance and beer garden open at Willards with music by the Zakk Grandahl Band.
- Dusk: Fireworks.
- Midnight: 50/50 raffle ends.
Sunday, Aug. 15
- 8 a.m-4 p.m.: Vendor and craft fair begins.
- 10 a.m.: Church service on Front Street followed by the Nazarene Church kids' bouncy house, hot dogs and chips.
- Noon: 50/50 raffle drawing at Willards.
- Noon: Registration for the truck and motorcycle show at Foothills Christian Academy.
- 1 p.m.: Corn cook-off and meat raffle at Willards.
- 1-5 p.m.: Truck and motorcycle show at Foothills Christian Academy.
- 2-5 p.m.: Dance with Frankie Lamb Band at the Legion.