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Sweet Corn Days get off to a sweet start

Seventeen years and going strong

August 1, 2014
By Michael Tidemann - Staff Writer , Estherville News

Parade is today at 10:30 a.m.

Estherville Sweet Corn Days got off to a great start with events Thursday and Friday. Sweet Corn Days continues today with the grand event, the Sweet Corn Days parade, starting at 10:30.

Events started Thursday with a very busy Downtown Market in Library Square. A new event starting Thursday and continuing through today is the Remember the Fallen memorial at 17 N. Sixth St. in the former Heartland Technology building.

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Little Mr. and Miss Sweet Corn were Gabriel Rose and Jasmine Schacherer. They were chosen from among 25 contestants Friday night in Library Square.
Photo by Michael Tidemann

Runners carried torches from the four corners of Estherville for the Burning of the Cobs Thursday night in Library Square. Kids put the burning cobs to good use by making s'mores.

Friday events included a family picnic, sweet treat vendors, a cruise by Black Knights Car Club members, and the Little Miss and Mister Sweet Corn Pageant in which Jasmine Schacherer was named Little Miss Sweet Corn and Gabriel Rose was named Little Mister Sweet Corn, both chosen from a large array of 25 contestants.

Kids games continued Friday night in Library Square, along with Where the Wild Things Are on center stage of Library Square, a hula hoop contest, family magic show and culminating at 9:30 with fireworks followed by the outdoor movie Frozen.

Saturday events start with the Run for the Cob half marathon, 10K, 5K and mile run. The half marathon starts at 7 this morning.

The Sweet Corn Days parade starts at 10:30 on Central Avenue followed by free sweet corn after the parade. Other Saturday events are a merchant market food vendor, sweet cars show from noon to 4, inflatable, gladiator challenge, zip line and JSAW skateboarding show.

Sure to be a hit is the tractor rodeo with a tractor show at 1 p.m. in the United Methodist Church parking lot followed by the rodeo at 2:30. Other Saturday afternoon events are Mr. Twister, basketball tournament, Music on the Square, corn hold tournament and water fights.

The former duck float is now a duck dive at the outdoor pool. Ducks remain on sale until just before the dive at 3.

Other Events are a motorcycle fun run, fire prevention trailer, University of Iowa traveling museum, Emmet County Izaak Walton league open house, disc golf tournament at Joe Hoye Park and dances tonight.

Sweet Corn Days caps off Sunday with a Knights of Columbus pancake breakfast from 9 to noon at the Duhigg Center and a fun float down the Des Moines River. Anyone participating should meet at the swinging bridge in North Riverside Park by 1 p.m.



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