"We Salute Our Veterans" is the theme of this year's Estherville Sweet Corn Days Thursday, July 31 through Sunday, Aug. 3.
A focal point of this year's theme is the Remember the Fallen display, a traveling memorial to Iowa's soldiers who fell in Iraq and Afghanistan. The display will be in the former Heartland Technology building at 17 N. Sixth St. 5-7 p.m. Thursday and Friday and all Day Saturday.
New events and changes this year are a magic show, relocating the Black Knights Car Club car show from North Sixth to North Eighth Street, Zip line, duck dive at the outdoor swimming pool instead of a duck float on the Des Moines River west fork and a live band at the street dance Saturday night.
Sweet Corn Days events are as follow.
Thursday, July 31
n Downtown Market - 5-7 p.m. Library Square.
n Remember the Fallen display opening - 17 N. Sixth St., 5-7 p.m. Thursday and Friday and all day Saturday.
n Burning of the Cobs - 5:30 p.m. Library Square.
n Free Smores - 5:45-6:30 p.m. Library Square.
n Corny Carp Competition (subject to river conditions) - 6-8 p.m. North Riverside Park.
Friday, Aug. 1
n Family picnic - 5:30 p.m. First Avenue North on Library Square.
n Sweet treat vendors - 6-8 p.m. vendors will sell deserts.
n Sweet cars cruise - 5:30-8 p.m. North Sixth Street.
n Little Miss & Mister Sweet Corn Pageant - 6 p.m. Library Square stage.
n Kids games - 6:45 p.m. Library Square, ages 3-12.
n Where the Wild Things Are! - 7:45 p.m. center stage Library Square.
n Hula hoop contest - 8:15 p.m. center stage Library Square.
n Family magic show - 8:30 p.m. center stage Library Square.
n Fireworks - approximately 9:30 p.m.
n Outdoor movie - "Frozen". After fireworks, Courthouse Square.
Saturday, Aug. 2
n Run for the Cob - half marathon, 10K, 5K, 1 mile. Registration 4-6 p.m. Friday, 7-7:45 a.m. Saturday.
n Merchant market - 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Library Square.
n Sweet Corn Days parade - 10:30 a.m. Central Avenue.
n Food vendors - all day, Town Square area.
n Free sweet corn - served after parade until it's gone. North Seventh Street.
n Sweet cars show - noon to 4 p.m. North Eighth Street.
n Inflatable fun - noon to 4 p.m. Courthouse Square. $1-2 a ride of $15 a wristband.
n Gladiator challenge - noon to 4 p.m. First Avenue North. Hosted by Iowa National Guard.
n Zip line - noon to 4 p.m. North Sixth Street.
n Barrel train - noon to 4 p.m. corner of First Avenue and North Seventh Street.
n JSAW skateboarding show - noon to 4 p.m. North Sixth Street and First Avenue North.
n Mr. Twister - noon to 2:30 p.m. Library Square. 1 p.m. performance.
n Three-on-three youth basketball tournament - 12:30 p.m. Iowa Lakes Community College.
n Music on the Square - noon to 4 p.m. Library Square.
n Tractor rodeo - 1 p.m. tractor show, 2:30 p.m. rodeo. United Methodist Church parking lot.
n Corn hole (bean bag) tournament - 2:30 p.m. Thoreson Park. $20 per team.
n Water fights - North Seventh Street. 1 p.m. adult fights, 3 p.m. kids fights.
n Duck dive - 3 p.m. Estherville outdoor pool. Get your ducks now at the Chamber.
n Motorcycle fun run - 11:30 p.m. Main group leaving 1 p.m. Start Mac's Top Hat and end at Woody's Pizza.
n Fire prevention trailer - noon to 4 p.m. Corner of first Avenue North and North Sixth Street.
n University of Iowa traveling museum - noon to 4 p.m. corner of First Avenue North and North Sixth Street.
n Emmet County Izaak Walton open house - 1-5 p.m. Emmet County Izaak Walton grounds at the end of Valley Drive.
n Disc golf tournament - 4 p.m. Joe Hoye Park. $25 pro, free novice.
n Youth dance - 8-11 p.m. Estherville Fire Hall, ages 12-18, $5.
n Street dance - live band. 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. North Seventh Street. 21-plus. $5 admission.
Sunday, Aug. 3
n Knights of Columbus pancake breakfast - 9 a.m. to noon, Duhigg Center. Freewill donation.
n River fun float (subject to river conditions) - 1 p.m. swinging bridge, North Riverside Park. Float at your own risk.