Shriners schedule Phoenix festival

The El Zaribah Shriners 2018 Cornfest is scheduled Saturday-Sunday, Aug. 25-26 at the El Zaribah Shrine Auditorium,552 N. 40th St., Phoenix.

The annual event offers free admission to all, and many activities to entertain adults and children.

Escape the Arizona summer heat and enjoy food, an arts and crafts fair, balloons and face painting by clowns, and lots of corn. Visitors can also get the opportunity to dunk members of the Divan in an outdoor tank.

“This year’s Cornfest will bring many top-notch vendors to our community, put a smile on your face, good food in your tummy, and warmth in your heart,” J.J. Jennings, Divan representative (board member representative) for the event, said.

The El Zaribah Shriners have always engaged within their communities and the Cornfest event brings everyone from around Arizona together for a day filled with food, family and fun. Visitors can purchase a full meal of either a hamburger or hot dog, a drink, chips and corn on the cob. Attendees can also take some corn home with them for their family and friends. The corn packages are either a “baker’s dozen” or a half dozen.

The Saturday, Aug. 25 fest is 9 a.m.-3 p.m., and the Sunday, Aug. 26 schedule is 10 a.m.-3p.m.

Admission to the festival is free. Food tickets are $9 in advance, $10 at the door and $6 for children under 8. Sweet corn is $5 for a half-dozen and $10 for a “baker’s dozen.”

Call 602-231-0300, or visit

Proceeds are for the benefit of El Zaribah Shriner’s General Fund and payments are not tax deductible as charitable contributions. This will enable El Zaribah Shriners to keep its doors open to continue supporting Shrine children. El Zaribah Shriners assist more than 2,000 children per year suffering from medical conditions such as cleft lip and palate, severe burns and spinal cord injuries to orthopedic issues; all regardless of their family’s ability to pay.

Shriners International has more than 230,00 members worldwide who raise funds for 22 Shriners Hospitals for Children located throughout North America. Since 1922, Shriners have cared for more than 1.3 million children around the world.

Editor’s Note: This item was submitted by James Jennings of the El Zaribeth Shriners.

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