Lazy Days, En Plein Air Festival make for action-packed weekend in Corning

Published: Jul 24, 2019 3:25:14 PM
Topics: Community, News

Stay busy during Lazy Days.

The annual celebration of all things Corning starting Friday features a variety of events and activities through Saturday.

“Lazy Days is an annual event in Corning that is fun for all ages. There are so many different varieties of entertainment that the celebration brings to one and all. It is sure to never disappoint,” said Kelly Herring, assistant vice president of consumer credit at the TS Bank Corning location. “Many who attend Lazy Days definitely feel a sense of community as this is an event that brings people together to celebrate one of the best seasons, summer.

Gate admission is $10 for Friday’s festivities, which start with the Battle of the BBQ contest and the beer garden opening at 5 p.m. The people’s choice wing contest will start at 7 p.m., with samples available until supplies are gone.

The street dance starts at 9 p.m., with D.J. Randy Cooper spinning tunes and live music by Bad Influence.

“Our Friday night street dance is a time for the entire community, some who are here for their class reunions, to enjoy food, a beer garden and live music,” said Marti Gebbie, executive director of Main Street Corning and the Adams County Area Chamber of Commerce. “It is a party in the heart of our community the whole community looks forward to every year and our alumni plan their reunions around. It’s a great time to see and visit with friends new and old."

Saturday’s activities start bright and early – with 6:30 a.m. registration for the Dr. Dash 5K run, with the race starting at 7:30 a.m. The rotary pancake breakfast will run from 7 to 10 a.m.

Giant yard games and inflatables will be available for fun from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. An inflatables pass will cost $3 per person or $10 for a family.

The Market Down Davis farmers market will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. as well, with a variety of vendors selling their goods and wares.

Gebbie said she expects around 1,000 people to attend on both days.

The 14th annual Corning En Plein Air Festival will also be held this weekend, with artists from southwest Iowa and beyond coming to the area to paint the landscapes of Adams County. “En plein air” means to draw the land while inhabiting it.

“Most artists take a picture of a scene that they want to paint and take that inspirational photo back to their studio and spend hours/days recreating that scene. With en plein air, the artist has to paint ‘in the moment,’” organizer Linda Shearer said.

The event is hosted by the Corning Center for the Fine Arts. Artists will be working throughout the day Friday and Saturday. There will be a “quick paint” competition from 2 to 4 p.m. in downtown Corning. Artists will have two hours to paint the scene, with a winner being chosen.

Artists will also submit two paintings from their time painting landscapes over the two days, with prizes for first, second and third place. The award ceremony will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday at the Corning Center for the Fine Arts, 706 Davis Ave.

TS Bank is a proud sponsor of Lazy Days and the En Plein Air Festival.

“Lazy Days and the En Plein Air Festival brings many to town whether they are locals, family from out of town or alumni coming back for their class reunions. Typically the town will see an increase in people by the hundreds for the weekend,” Herring said. “I encourage everyone to take the opportunity to come downtown this weekend as there will be something fun for everyone.”

For more information on the weekend’s events, go to the Lazy Days Facebook page and and at

Written by Mike Brownlee