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A sweet time in Estherville

August 7, 2016
By David Swartz and Amy H. Peterson , Estherville News

The 19th Annual Sweet Corn Days featured a plethora of anniversary and class celebrations.

While parade-goers could see the usual former classes of Estherville from the EHS classes of 1966, 1971 and 1976 along with the Estherville-Lincoln Central Class of 1996, several area businesses and institutions also indicated they were celebrating milestones this year.

Avera Holy Family celebrated its 100th year of serving the Estherville community.

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Houseman Oil featured a float announcing its 70 years of service to the Community.

The folks at the Good Samaritan Center celebrate 60 years in 2016 while Iowa Lakes Community College marks its 50th anniversary.

On a smaller scale, Wild Rose Resort and Casino of Emmetsburg announced its 10th year.

Also Windsor Manor in Estherville celebrated its one-year anniversary.

The parade also featured a band of female Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles touting a raffle for a boat on behalf of the Emmet County Water Trails Association.

Following the parade, the approximately 6,000 ears of corn were quickly served. With the parade ending downtown about 10 minutes before noon, most people had received their corn with a handful of ears remaining at 12:30 for latecomers.

With temperatures not quite reaching 80 (a high of 78 was reported in the Estherville Airport readings) those attending the 2016 Sweet Corn Days had a beautiful day to greet neighbors and old friends.


Opening ceremonies Thursday evening included a prayer from Estherville Lutheran Church pastor Tim Johnson, currently in his first year of service at the church. ELC?alum Alysha Pettijohn sang the national anthem.

Estherville Mayor Kenny Billings delivered a welcome. Members of the Estherville Lincoln Central 2016 state qualifying boys' track and girls' softball teams did the Presentation of the Flames from the Four Corners of Estherville, and lit last year's cobs on fire with the Burning of the Cobs.

Families enjoyed s'mores over the flame and perused the offerings of Downtown Market through the evening.


Friday evening, Gracie Anderson and Eduardo Gomez were crowned Little Miss and Mr. Sweet Corn from a crowd of nearly 40 children. All of the children, interviewed by KILR Radio's Nathan Puhl, received gift bags which included wristbands for the inflatables for Saturday.

After one contestant said sweet corn was her favorite thing to eat, later contestants followed suit. The future of Estherville is secure with many of its youngest residents aspiring to be nurses, teachers, police officers, firefighters, and Batman.

Friday continued with the Sweet Cars Cruise, sponsored by the Black Knights Car Club, kids' games sponsored by Employees Credit Union. Audiences and players were giggling with the games in Minute to Win It. Various age groups from six year olds to adults came on stage to compete in tasks from blowing a bubble into a hoop to unrolling toilet paper with one hand. A group of preteens prepared for college by piling red solo cups into a pile of 21. It was obvious their minds were churning to come up with the answer that the pyramid had to start with six cups at its base.

Friday closed out with a hula hoop contest for all ages and fireworks sponsored by Northstar Bank and Agency.

See the back page for a photo of Sunday's float down the West Fork Des Moines River, which drew over 75 watercraft.

See today's Estherville News and Facebook for more photos!



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