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By Staff | Jul 31, 2008

Calling all cooks who love sweet corn!

The annual Sweet Corn Days in Estherville is showcasing what individuals can do with sweet corn. The Recipe Cook-Off is slated for Friday, Aug. 1 at 6:30 p.m. on North Seventh Street.

Registrations are now being accepted by the Estherville Area Chamber of Commerce for this delectable contest. Cooks can also register the night of the event.

Each entrant must follow one specific rule: each recipe must use one cup of sweet corn.

All prepared recipes will be judged by a celebrity panel of judges. The cook of the selected winning recipe, or Best in Show, will receive $100. The prepared dishes,, whether hot or cold, need to be at the contest area by 6 p.m.

Individuals who are not entering the contest are encouraged to watch the event. For a buck, those in the audience can sample a taster’s cup.

Corn Eating Contest

How fast can you chow down on sweet corn off the cob? The first Corn Eating Contest is slated for Friday, Aug. 1 at 9 p.m. on the Library Square stage.

There are two age groups: ages 16 to 18 and 18 and up. Individual and team events are on tap.

There is a limit of 10 persons for the individual race, or five in each age group. Each entrant receives three ears of corn. The winner is the one who consumes the ears in the fastest time and will receive the corn-eating king title..

Five teams of four will vie in the relay event. Each person in every team will receive two ears of corn. The second ear goes to the next person on the relay team when the judges deem it is clean. The team with the quickest time will claim the sweet victory.

Each event will have three winners. The top winner receives $50 in Estherville North Star Bucks. The second place winner receives $25 in North Star Bucks and third place will receive butter and salt and pepper to be used at Saturday’s free sweet corn event after the parade.

Corn Eating Contest participants should arrive at the Library Square stage before 9 p.m. to register.

For more information on either contest, call the chamber of Commerce, 712-362-3541 or stop in at the chamber office located at 620 First Ave.S.