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Friday fun for family

By Staff | Jul 30, 2009

Sweet Corn Days events slated for Friday, July 31 embrace the family as there is something for everyone!

Nine events are scheduled in and around Library Square. “We encourage everyone to participate in some of the events. But even if you don’t want to take part, come down and enjoy the festivities Friday,” said Dusty Embree, director of the Estherville Area Chamber of Commerce.

Family Picnic

The evening fun begins at 5:30 p.m. on First Avenue North on Library Square as employees of Bank Plus host the Family Picnic. Embree said the meal for purchase includes a ribeye steak sandwich, chips and drink for $7 per person. The second choice is a hot dog, chips and drink for $5.

Little Miss and Mister

Sweet Corn Contest

There are 18 contestants in the running for the coveted title of Little Miss and Mister Sweet Corn. Entrants are:

n Maggie Molacek, daughter of Lori and Shane Molacek.

n Adelee Reinhardt, daughter of Willie and Carol Reinhardt.

n Sydney Swanson, daughter of Penny Swanson.

n Angela Palmer, daughter of Heidi Palmer.

n Lexi Palmer, daughter of Heidi Palmer.

n Grace Ruschy, daughter of Aaron and Dawn Ruschy.

n Ruby Ann Roehler, daughter of Mike and Sherry Roehler.

n Elizabeth Reardon, daughter of Barb and Pat Reardon.

n Alexandria Irwin, daughter of Jeff and Lori Irwin.

n Jayden Nitchals, daughter of Dave and Jenny Nitchals.

n Madison Origer, daughter of Al and Martha Origer.

n Felicity Rose, daughter of Dessa and David Rose.

n Taylor Bates, daughter of James and Janice Bates.

n Gracine Love, daughter of Andrea and Spencer Love.

n Antonio Moraels, son of Jennifer Yates and Wade Mitchell.

n Antonio Moraels, son of Jennifer Yates and Wade Mitchell.

n Alex Jensen, son of Joanna and Jeff Jensen.

n Grant Love, son of Andrea and Spencer Love.

Hosted by Estherville Family Chiropractic, this is the third year for the contest which begins at 6 p.m. on the Library Square Stage.

Sweet Corn & Sweet

Cars Cruise Night

The chamber is encouraging everyone to cruise in around 6:30 p.m. and join the Black Knights as they and others display their prized vehicles. A special cruise route leaves at 7 p.m. The event that concludes at 10 p.m. is hosted by the Black Knights Car Club.

Kids’ Games

Beginning at 6:30 p.m., an area near Library Square will be strictly off limits to those over 12 years of age. Youth from 3-12 can take part in three-legged races, hula hoop contests, balloon toss, among other activities for youngsters. The games are being sponsored by the Employees Credit Union.

Sweet Corn Recipe Cook-Off

“We are encouraging cooks to participate in the Sweet Corn Recipe Cook-Off,” Embree said. “Entrants can register before the 6:30 p.m. event. Those who wish to sample the entries for $2 will be our judges,” Embree said. Sponsor of the event is Treats to Treasures.

Those participating need to bring a 9-by-13 pan of the prepared recipe that uses sweet corn. Embree said the recipe doesn’t have to be unique; all family favorites are acceptable. “The winner will be awarded best in show and received $100. So consider entering. What do you have to lose? You could win $100.”

Bubble Gum Blowing Contest

Children of all ages are encouraged to meet at the Library Square Stage at 8 p.m. for the bubble gum blowing contest. Everyone is encouraged to come and exhibit some great talent in blowing bubbles.

Sweet Corn Eating Contest

Hy-Vee is the sponsor of the sweet corn eating contest that begins at 9 p.m. at the Library Square Stage. There will be two categories: 15 to 18 years of age and 18 and older. All contestants will vie for prizes individually.


The extravaganza of any main event is the grand finale-that time when the sky lights up with colorful kabooms!

Spectators are encouraged to stay after dark and watch the fantastic show from downtown.

But wait … there’s more!

Outdoor Movie

After the fireworks show, everyone is encouraged to bring chairs or blankets to sit on and watch the outdoor movie, “Over the Hedge.” It will be staged on Courthouse Square and is hosted by Steve’s Sales & Service.