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Get ready for a sweet time

By Staff | Jul 29, 2009

There is just one more day until it is time to celebrate Sweet Corn Days, Estherville’s premiere summer celebration.

Two new events are in this year’s opening day line-up. The Estherville Area Chamber of Commerce sponsors the four-day event. Kicking off the festivities will be the Corn Cob Torch Run/Official Burning of the Cobs (New!) and the Kick-Off Party (New!). The ever-popular Corny Carp Competition is also in Thursday’s schedule.

Dusty Embree, chamber director, said, “The torch run involves four runners taking off at 5 p.m. from each of the four gateway signs into Estherville. The runners were nominated for this prestigious new event and include:

n Tina Burton North.

n Bob Grems, South.

n Molly Struve, East.

n Darin Olson, West.

“The goal is for all of the runners to be at North Riverside Park by 5:30 p.m. Each runner will be escorted by the Black Knights as they travel Highway 4, Highway 9 and First Street South.”

Once the runners arrive at the park, a short ceremony is planned with the singing of the national anthem. Giving a few remarks will be Estherville Mayor Lyle Hevern. “Using their torches, the runners will ignite cobs from last year’s festival for the official burning of the cobs.” Spectators will be encouraged to register for door prizes.

Also scheduled Thursday evening is the Kick-Off party at Woody’s Pizza where pizza and beverages will be available for purchase. Big Gruke will provide Karaoke. Fans of Sweet Corn Days are encouraged to ring in the 12th annual Sweet Corn Days with the locals. This event is hosted by Woody’s Pizza.

The third event in Thursday’s lineup is the Corny Carp Competition at North Riverside Park for youth 14 years of age and under. A parent must accompany each child wishing to participate. Embree said there is no registration fee; but youngsters need to supply their own fishing equipment. The only bait allowed in this competition is sweet corn and it will be provided. “Prizes will be awarded for the biggest carp and the most carp caught in three different age categories,” she added.