History of the Corn Palace Festival

The Corn Palace Festival brings in some great entertainment every year. Below is a list of past entertainers dating back to the very first Festival!

1892 ‑ Phinney Iowa State Band
1893 ‑ Lynn Band, Lynn, Mass.
1894 -1899 No Festival
1900 ‑ William Jennings Bryan
1901 ‑ No Festival
1902 ‑ Debaugh’s Band Chicago
1903 ‑ Sorrentina’s Red Band, Italy
1904 ‑ John Philip Sousa’s Band
1905 ‑ Italian Banda Rossa
1906 ‑ The Kilties, Scotland
1907 ‑ John Philip Sousa’s Band
1908 ‑ Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra
1909 ‑ U.S. Marine Band, Washington
1910 ‑ Pat Conway’s Band, New York
1911 ‑ Ellery Band,Syracuse, Ny
1912 ‑ European Hippodrome Theatre Group
1913 ‑ Royal Circus And Banda Roma, Italy
1914 ‑ Ferullo Band, Italy
1915 ‑ Ferullo Italian Band
1916 ‑ Liberti’s Band
1917 ‑ Innes Band, New York
1918 ‑ Innes Band And Kilties Band
1919 ‑ Nor Formal Program
1920 ‑ Hart’s Girl Band, Chicago
1921 ‑ Karl L. King Band
1922 ‑ Ernie Young’s Arabian Nights Revue
1923 ‑ Call Of The North Radio Band
1924 ‑ Ernie Young’s Golden Girls
1925 ‑ Harry Santry’s Orchestra
1926 ‑ “London, Paris & New York” Stage Show
1927 ‑ New Wayburn’s Variety Girls
1928 ‑ Harry Carol Revue
1929 ‑ Rko Colleglate Show
1930 ‑ Frivolities Of 1930 With Johnny Perkins
1931 ‑ Benny Meroff’s Orchestra
1932 ‑ Rko Leahs And A Variety Show
1933 ‑ Lou Breese And His Band
1934 ‑ Frankie Masters
1935 ‑ Herbie Kay
1936 ‑ Bernie Cummins
1937 ‑ Isham Jones
1938 ‑ Jimmy Dorsey
1939 ‑ Paul Whiteman
1940 ‑ Johnnie “Scott” Davis
1941 ‑ Orrin Tucker
1942 ‑ Gray Gordon
1943 ‑ Russ Morgan
1944 ‑ Glen Gray
1945 ‑ Frankie Carle
1946 ‑ Ray Mckinley
1947 ‑ Tommy Dorsey
1948 ‑ Lawrence Welk
1949 ‑ Skitch Henderson
1950 ‑ Harry James
1951 ‑ Horace Heidt
1952 ‑ Guy Lombardo
1953 ‑ Duke Ellington
1954 ‑ Lawrence Welk
1955 ‑ Freddie Martin
1956 ‑ Patti Page
1957 ‑ Ray Anthony
1958 ‑ Guy Lombardo
1959 ‑ Shep Fields And The Mills Brothers
1960 ‑ Jimmy Dean
1961 ‑ The Three Stooges
1962 ‑ Lawrence Welk
1963 ‑ Lawrence Welk
1964 ‑ Andy Williams
1965 ‑ Sam Levenson
1966 ‑ Tennesee Ernie Ford
1967 ‑ Jack Benny
1968 ‑ Eddy Arnold
1969 ‑ Lawrence Welk
1970 ‑ Tennessee Ernie Ford
1971 ‑ Andy Griffith
1972 ‑ Eddy Arnold
1973 ‑ Pat Boone Family
1974 ‑ Roy Rogers & Dale Evans
1975 ‑ The King Family & Jerry Murad’s Harmonicats
1976 ‑ Bob Hope
1977 ‑ Red Skelton & Roy Clark
1978 ‑ Rich Little B Victor Borge
1979 ‑ Jim Nabors & The Mills Brothers
1980 ‑ Bill Anderson & Brenda Lee
1981 ‑ Tennesee Ernie Ford
1982 ‑ Red Skelton
1983 ‑ Lennon Sisters
1984 ‑ Carol Lawrence & Roger Williams
1985 ‑ Bobby Vinton, Louie Anderson, Box Car Willie, Williams & Ree
1986 ‑ Roger Williams, Tom T. Hall
1987 ‑ Eddie Rabbit, Sylvia, The Charlie Daniels Band, Doug Kershaw
1988 ‑ Larry Gatlin And The Gatlin Brothers, Shanana, Mickey Gilley And Kathy Mattea
1989 ‑ Crystal Gayle, Mel Tillis, And Don Williams
1990 ‑ Charlie Pride, The Oakridge Boys, Williams & Ree, The Gaither Trio
1991 ‑ Lee Greenwood, Suzy Boggess, Bellamy Brothers, Patty Loveless, Ronnie Milsap, Forester Sisters, The Dixie Melody Boys, The Speers, And Shanana
1992 ‑ The Oakridge Boys, Tanya Tucker And Redneck, Shari Lewis & Lampchop, Tammy Wynette, Myron Floren And The Stars Of The Lawrence Welk Show
1993 ‑ Bobby Layne And His Orchestra, Myron Floren And The Stars Of The Lawrence Welk Show, Mr. Magic, The Cathedrals, Highway 101 With Williams & Ree, Marty Stuart With Kris Kuester, Kathy Mattea With Radney Foster, Mark Chesnutt With Sweethearts Of The Rodeo
1994 ‑ Baker Street‑Music For Kids, Discovery Mime Theatre, Molly And The Heymakers, Sammy Kershaw, Kris Kuester, Trisha Yearwood, Good Times Band, Shawn Camp, Myron Floren And The Stars Of The Welk Show, The Cathedrals, Orville Vonseggern
1995 ‑ Three Dog Night, Hal Ketchum, Doug Kershaw, Diamond Rio, Brian White, Myron Floren And The Stars Of The Welk Show, “1964”...The Tribute, Deb Weitala, The Cathedrals, Dwain Muller And Orchestra
1996 ‑ U.S. Army Ground Forces Jazz & Dixie Band, Guess Who, Grass Roots, Good Times, Joe Diffie, 1964...The Tribute, Myron Floren And The Stars Of The Welk Show, Pete George, David Seebach, Deb Weitala, Acappella, Mearl Lake Orchestra
1997 - Musique, Village People, Good Times, BlackHawk, The Teels, Glad, Myron Floren and the Stars of the Welk Show, and Mearl Lake Orchestra
1998 - Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, “Hondo”the Magician, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Williams & Ree, Martina McBride, Theea Daniels, Myron Floren and Stars of the Lawrence Welk Show, Deb Weital
1999 - 38 Special and Ozark Mountain Daredevils, Granny and Jim Nabors, Full Choke and Blackhawk (Local Gospel Music and Cornstock 99/area bands)
2000 - Wayne Newton, Kenny Chesney, Gordy Pratt, Gwen Matthews, Jason Zeher and Britney Spears and Backstreet Boyz Tribute Acts
2001 – Jessica Andrews and Billy Gilman, Engelbert Humperdinck, Carrot Top, (50’s dance put on by Lions and KMIT – Tommy Roe and Hot Rod Chevy Kevy)
2002 – Brule`, Neil Sedaka, Rockin’ Roadhouse – Mark Chesnutt, Joe Diffie and Tracy Lawrence, Scooby Doo and Friends, (50’s dance put on by Lions and KMIT – Bob and the Beachcombers, and Bill Schott an Elvis Impersonator)
2003 – Willie Nelson, Williams & Ree, Tom Jones, Spirit of the Dance, Brule`
2004 – Brad Paisley, REO Speedwagon, Williams and Ree, Buckskin Stallion, Switchfoot, Glen Campbell
2005 – Big & Rich, Cowboy Troy, Terri Clark, Dierks Bentley, Styx, Chubby Checker, Grass Roots, Bowling for Soup
2006 – LeAnn Rimes, Raven Symone, Eddie Money, Loverboy, Trace Adkins, Doo-Wah Riders, Michael Londra
2007 – Phil Vassar, Joe Nichols, Weird Al Yankovich, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Chuck Negron, Night Ranger, Survivor, Oak Ridge Boys
2008 – Jason Aldean, HER & Kings County, Juke Box Zeroes, Rick Springfield, Corbin Bleu, Justin Stein, Ferras, Lorrie Morgan
2009 – Blake Shelton, Hailey Steele, Miranda Lambert (appeared w/Blake) Herb Dixon, Mark Poolos, Scott Novotny, Joan Jett, Juke Box Zeroes, David Cook, Toby Kane Band, the Crash Kings, State Colgate Country Showdown, Ronnie Milsap
2010 - Kenny Rogers, Joey & Rory, Dick Hardwick, Jason Latimer, Gary Allan, State Colgate Country Showdown, Bjorn Again-ABBA Tribute, Enation, Everly
2011 - Tanya Tucker, Josh Turner & The Band Perry, Emily Osment, 38 Special, Happy Together Tour featuring The Turtles, The Association, The Buckinghams, Mark Lindsay of Paul Rever & the Raiders, The Grass Roots
2012 – PowerPlay, Kory and the Fireflies, Frankie Ballard, Thompson Square, Doo-Wah Riders, Charlie Daniels, The Happy Together Tour 2012 starring The Turtles featuring Flo & Eddie, Micky Dolenz lead singer of the Monkees, The Grass Roots, Gary Puckett & The Union Gap, and the Buckinghams.
2013 – Dwight Yoakam, Terry Fator, Craig Morgan, Gloriana, The Happy Together Tour 2013.
2014 - Chris Young, Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo, Crystal Gayle, Tommy James & the Shondells