The Cokato Corn Carnival

Corn Carnival sign


Each August, Peterson Park becomes the home for Cokato's signature community event, the annual Corn Carnival. Since 1950, the Corn Carnival has provided first-class family entertainment for the residents of the area. Music, rides, food, and the always-popular free corn-on-the-cob make the Carnival a great time that people try not to miss.

Support for the Carnival comes through the sale of the annual buttons. At the first carnival, the cost was $1. In 2014, that cost is only $3! It's quite a bargin when you think about it and each button sale puts you in the drawing for one of our ten cash prizes. In July 1995, former Cokato-resident, David Swanson, wrote an article for our newsletter describing how community members went to neighboriong towns to sell Carnival buttons. It paints quite a descrpitive picture of their efforts.

In 1987, the annual coronation for Miss Cokato became a part of the Carnival festivities. To learn more about the Cokato Royalty -- which pre-dates the Carnival by three years, click here.

A schedule for this year's festivities and complete information about all the activities can be found at the official Carnival web page.

For more information about the Carnival, including photos, lists, and other fun facts, please contact the museum.