Zellwood Corn Festival

by Mike Miller
(Mount Dora, Florida)

Zellwood Corn Festival

Zellwood Corn Festival

I miss the Zellwood Corn Festival

Zellwood is a small town on US-441 about 25 miles north of Orlando. Today, in 2017, it is a one traffic light town, but for 40 years up until 2013, it was the home of the annual Zellwood Corn Festival. It's official name might have been the Zellwood Sweet Corn Festival, but most of us who went to it did not pay any attention to the "sweet" adjective.

We just went up to enjoy the arts and crafts exhibits, the the entertainment and the carnival rides.

Back in the day, sweet corn was Zellwood's largest agricultural product, second only to citrus in economic importance. Most of the corn for the festival was grown at Long and Scott Farms. This farm had a world-wide reputation for growing the most delicious corn.

The highlight of the visit was "Big Bertha". This was a bit pot that could cook 1,650 ears of corn every 9 minutes. Butter was always provided, and you could dip the freshly boiled corn into melted butter. It was great corn and the only corn I remember that was so tasty you didn't even need to sprinkle salt on it. Tickets included all the fresh corn you can eat during the day.

As I recall, the festival was held toward the end of May, on Memorial Day Weekend. The festival grounds were on Ponkan Road.

I think the last festival was in 2013 because of a serious decline in the quantity of corn grown in the area.

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Jun 09, 2018
Bring it back
by: Blue Jean Steve

Bring it back with just corn and soft drinks. Simple set up and run it for 3 weeks. Don't sell too cheap.

May 28, 2018
Missing Corn Festival
by: Anonymous

Every year my calendar reminds me of the Zellwood Corn festival and every year I check to see if it is back, so bummed its not, it was a great time really miss it.

Apr 29, 2018
by: Debbie Bolger

Very sad that we can’t carry on the tradition of our yearly Zellwood festival

Apopka should arrange to do the festival if Zellwood can’t. Good family times !!!


I think the problem is that there is almost no corn these days. As part of the Lake Apopka clean up program, the State bought most of the corn farms on the north side of the lake.

Apr 23, 2018
I miss it!
by: Anonymous

I really miss the Zellwood Corn Festival! I saw Willie Nelson, Travis Tritt and other great shows there, all while eating the best corn in the world!

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