Estherville kicked off the 2013 Sweet Corn Days Thursday evening with the annual "Presentation of the Flames" and the "Burning of the Cobs."
Three groups and one individual ran Olympic-style torches from each of Estherville's four entrance signs. One group included members from the Estherville Library Couch to 5K program. There were library director Tena Hansen along with Margaret Evans, Norma Beaver and Sara Fisher. Another group consisted of Rick Houseman, Pam Caboth, Bruce Chrestiansen and Chuck Tostenson.
Representing the Regional Wellness Center were Amanda Fernau and Chad Peta. Last, but not least, was Laurie Olson.
How about some more … err … s’mores?
Area residents descended on Estherville Library Square Thursday for the downtown market and the Estherville Sweet Corn Days kickoff events, which include free s-mores for those in attendance. Find more pictures from the first evening of events on Page 9 of today’s Daily News.
EDN photo by David Swartz
Estherville Black Knight Car Club escorts for the runners were Rod Ross, John Isebrand and Kenny Billings.
Once all the torches arrived, representatives from each group lit a small cache of corncobs from last year's Sweet Corn Days.
Cub Scouts Zach Kopeck, Reece Peterson and Brock Irwin presented the colors with Amy Condon singing the National Anthem.
Mayor Kenny Billings then gave a brief special.
"I welcome all of you and hope you participate in some of the activities over the next three days," he said.
Tonight's events begin with the family picnic at 5:30 p.m. in Library Square with the Little Miss and Mr. Sweet Corn Pageant at 6 p.m. Check on the Calendar of Events on Page 3 as well as the ad on Page 9 for tonight's family friendly schedule.
Saturday's highlights are the 10:30 a.m. parade followed by the serving of free sweet corn afterward.