The Potato and Corn Festival

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Save the date!
July 31 – August 3, 2014


During the first full weekend of August, the North Branford Parks and Recreation Department holds its annual Potato and Corn Festival (PoCo Fest).
The 2014 PoCo Fest will be the 13th year of this free, wonderful, fun-filled family event. The festival started as a one-day affair back in 2002, and has since grown to a four day spectacular with over 25,000 attendees.

Usually corn and potatoes are considered common, some might even say lowly, but on the first weekend of August the residents of North Branford elevate the two starchy staples to extraordinary heights. In its eleventh year, the Potato and Corn Festival now brings tens of thousands of visitors over three days to the typically sleepy farm town.

Emerging almost overnight in a hay field at the former Augur Farm on Rt. 22 in the middle of town, a midway with rides, dozens of food vendors, crafting vendors, potato sack races, corn shucking contests, tractor pulls and a classic car show all appear. Many local and far flung bands perform and a spectacular fireworks display, some say among the best in the state, occurs on Saturday night. And of course, there are baked potatoes and roasted corn.

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Thursday, July 31 at 8pm – Kendall Phillips

Kendall Phillips from American Idol will open the Festival this year. Kendall Phillips is an official CMA recording artist and BMI songwriter. She got her start after being a finalist on “American Idol” and was the runner up on the NBC hit show “Country Showdown”. She has toured the U.S. and has opened for acts such as Lady Antebellum and Blake Shelton.

Kendall’s debut single “You Should Know”, which she wrote and produced, broke the HOT 100 Country Chart on MUSIC ROW within its second week to radio and went on to peak at #3 on the TOP 20 Power Source Country Chart. Kendall is currently in the studio wrapping up her album which is set to release this fall.

Saturday, August 2  – Fireworks!  9:15pm

Sunday, August 3 – PoCo Folk Fest (11am to 6pm). 7 bands in 7 hours! 

Every day features live bands, contests and games, dozens of food and craft vendors and of course baked potatoes and roasted corn!


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