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By Staff | Aug 6, 2008

Little Miss and Mister Sweet Corn, Vanessa Vedder and Matthew Peterson, wave to parade watchers Saturday morning. EDN photo by Michael Tidemann

With class reunions for the classes of ’68, ’78’ ’88 and ’98, the Estherville Sweet Corn Days was a great success no matter how you looked at it.

The weather cooperated with temperatures hot but dry through the four-day celebration.

The Corny Carp Competition Thursday night again kicked off this year’s Sweet Corn Days. It was the third annual event for the fishing derby sponsored by Gary Phillips of the Iowa Lakes Community College Environmental Studies program.

Friday night saw the family picnic and the crowning of Little Miss and Mister Sweet Corn, Vanessa Vedder and Matthew Peterson, sponsored by Sievert’s. The Sweet Corn and Sweet Cars Cruise Night filled the street with cars brought by members of the Black Knights Car Club of Estherville and guest car enthusiasts.

Other Friday night events included the sweet corn cookoff hosted by Treats To Treasures, kids games, bubble gum blowing contest and sweet corn eating contest. The night culminated with fireworks sponsored by GKN and free outdoor movie, “Pocahontas,” sponsored by Steve’s Sales & Service.

Saturday events started with the Run for the Cob 5K fun run sponsored by Iowa Lakes Community College and ELC-AR Cross Country. Saturday also saw many arts and crafts vendors in Library Square.

The Sweet Corn Days parade hosted by Estherville Ambulance had a patriotic theme this year. The commercial float winner was Hair Diva’s Salon and the noncommercial winner was the Girl Scouts who had a re-enactment of the planting of the flag on Iwo Jima.

There were 6,500 ears of sweet corn served to the public courtesy of Avera Holy Family Health and the Good Samaritan Society in addition to food vendors, the third annual Sweet Cars Show sponsored by the Black Knights Car Club, dunk tank sponsored by Skate Estherville and inflatables sponsored by Kiwanis. The Iowa Army National Guard also had an exhibit which included inflatable pugil sticks.

There was just for fun karaoke in Library Square, along with skateboarding by Skate Estherville.

Janet Houge was the first-place winner, receiving $500 in Estherville Bucks in the Duck Derby on the Des Moines River race sponsored by Boy Scout Troop 31 and Clarken Realtors. Other winners, each receiving $100 in Estherville Bucks, were Avis Haukoos, Kathy Dahna, Audrey Reinhardt, Ryan Swalve, and Melanie Summers.

Other Saturday events included waterfights on North Seventh Street, sponsored by the Estherville Firemen’s Association; corn-fed beef barbeque, auction and raffle sponsored by St. Patrick’s Parish; youth dance at the Estherville Firehall and a street dance on North Seventh Street hosted by the Estherville Rotary.

Sunday events included a golf tournament hosted by Riverview Golf Course and a disc golf tournament at Joe Hoye Park hosted by Wittneben Surveying.

To volunteer for a committee for the 2009 Sweet

Corn Days, call the Estherville Chamber of Commerce at 712-362-3541.

Sweet success

By Staff | Aug 6, 2008

By Michael Tidemann

Staff Writer

With class reunions for the classes of ’68, ’78’ ’88 and ’98, the Estherville Sweet Corn Days was a great success no matter how you looked at it.

The weather cooperated with temperatures hot but dry through the four-day celebration.

The Corny Carp Competition Thursday night again kicked off this year’s Sweet Corn Days. It was the third annual event for the fishing derby sponsored by Gary Phillips of the Iowa Lakes Community College Environmental Studies program.

Friday night saw the family picnic and the crowning of Little Miss and Mister Sweet Corn, Vanessa Vedder and Matthew Peterson, sponsored by Sievert’s. The Sweet Corn and Sweet Cars Cruise Night filled the street with cars brought by members of the Black Knights Car Club of Estherville and guest car enthusiasts.

Other Friday night events included the sweet corn cookoff hosted by Treats To Treasures, kids games, bubble gum blowing contest and sweet corn eating contest. The night culminated with fireworks sponsored by GKN and free outdoor movie, “Pocahontas,” sponsored by Steve’s Sales & Service.

Saturday events started with the Run for the Cob 5K fun run sponsored by Iowa Lakes Community College and ELC-AR Cross Country. Saturday also saw many arts and crafts vendors in Library Square.

The Sweet Corn Days parade hosted by Estherville Ambulance had a patriotic theme this year. The commercial float winner was Hair Diva’s Salon and the noncommercial winner was the Girl Scouts who had a re-enactment of the planting of the flag on Iwo Jima.

There were 6,500 ears of sweet corn served to the public courtesy of Avera Holy Family Health and the Good Samaritan Society in addition to food vendors, the third annual Sweet Cars Show sponsored by the Black Knights Car Club, dunk tank sponsored by Skate Estherville and inflatables sponsored by Kiwanis. The Iowa Army National Guard also had an exhibit which included inflatable pugil sticks.

There was just for fun karaoke in Library Square, along with skateboarding by Skate Estherville.

Janet Houge was the first-place winner, receiving $500 in Estherville Bucks in the Duck Derby on the Des Moines River race sponsored by Boy Scout Troop 31 and Clarken Realtors. Other winners, each receiving $100 in Estherville Bucks, were Avis Haukoos, Kathy Dahna, Audrey Reinhardt, Ryan Swalve, and Melanie Summers.

Other Saturday events included waterfights on North Seventh Street, sponsored by the Estherville Firemen’s Association; corn-fed beef barbeque, auction and raffle sponsored by St. Patrick’s Parish; youth dance at the Estherville Firehall and a street dance on North Seventh Street hosted by the Estherville Rotary.

Sunday events included a golf tournament hosted by Riverview Golf Course and a disc golf tournament at Joe Hoye Park hosted by Wittneben Surveying.

To volunteer for a committee for the 2009 Sweet

Corn Days, call the Estherville Chamber of Commerce at 712-362-3541.