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13th annual Sweet Corn Days: Estherville Rocks

By Staff | Jul 31, 2009

Torch runners Tina Burton, Molly Struve, Mark Reardon and Darin Olson had the honors of lighting the corn cobs at the opening of Sweet Corn Days festivities Thursday night in North Riverside Park.

Day three of Sweet Corn Days begins early in the morning with the Run for the Cob 10K, 5K Fun Run & Walk and 1 Mile Fun Run.

The races will begin at the old Estherville Lincoln Central Middle School on North Sixth Street and will end in Library Square.

Trophies will be awarded to the overall male and female winners. The event is being sponsored by the ELC-AR Cross Country Team.

From 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Library Square will be humming with Art in the Park activity in honor of the sweet corn celebration as dozens of artisans will present their crafts and handmade goods. There will also be vendor items.

But it’s the 10:30 a.m. event that children of all ages will be clamoring about as the Sweet Corn Days Parade rolls down Central Avenue.

Featured entrants include the Shriners, marching bands and many other floats. Prizes will be awarded for the best individual float and the best commercial float.

For those who would like to stay in the comfort of their home and avoid the crowds downtown, Channel 3 will be broadcasting the parade live. The parade is sponsored by the Estherville Ambulance Service.

The treat after the parade that has the same name as the festivities will be available beginning at noon on North Seventh Street. There is no charge for delicious ears of sweet corn. This event is being hosted by the Good Samaritan Society and Iowa Lakes Community College.

Food vendors will be present all day long in the area of Library Square.

Beginning at noon, the Black Knights Car Club is sponsoring the Sweet Cars Show on North Sixth Street until 4 p.m. Registration will be held at the corner of First Avenue North and North Sixth Street from 10 a.m-noon. The awarding of trophies will begin at 3 p.m.

Skate Estherville is sponsoring the Dunk Tank from noon-4 p.m. Estherville celebrities are volunteering their time for the opportunity to get a good dunking for a good cause. The Dunk Tank will be located on First Avenue North.

Turtle enthusiasts are encouraged to come race a turtle. Beginning at noon, the races are being sponsored by the ELC Cheerleaders and will be conducted on North Seventh Street.

Children of all ages are invited to find some summer fun with the inflatables. From noon-4 p.m. on Courthouse Square, individuals can enjoy the amusement by either buying a wristband at $15 apiece or paying individually for the rides at either $1 or $2. The Kiwanis is the event sponsor.

Also from noon-4 p.m., there will be a Iowa Army National Guard exhibit on First Avenue North.

Singers of all abilities are being encouraged to come to the Karaoke event at Library Square from noon-4 p.m. Local entertainers are scheduled to perform also.

Hosted by Skate Estherville, a skateboard exhibition by area skaters is scheduled from noon-2 p.m. in the 100 Block of North Seventh Street.

A battle of a wet kind is slated to begin at 3 p.m. on North Seventh Street as water fighting is a fun way to stay cool. The Estherville Firemen’s Association is the sponsor of this event.

The long-running Duck Derby on the Des Moines River is slated at 3 p.m. when the ducks splash into the water. The owner of the winning duck will be awarded $100 in Estherville Bucks. This event is hosted by Boy Scout Troop 31 and Clarken Realtors.

From 4-7 p.m., St. Patrick’s Catholic Church is hosting its Corn-Fed Beef BBQ, Auction & Raffle at the Duhigg Center. The menu includes a ribeye steak sandwich, beans, chips and drink. Tickets are $8 adult and $4 children, 10 and under. Winner of the raffle will claim the $10,000 prize. An auction and silent auction are also part of this event.

At 9 p.m., two dances will begin. At the Estherville Fire Hall, teens ages 12-20 will be admitted for the event for $5 per person. The DJ will be playing all of the latest music.

Meanwhile on North Seventh Street, the Street Dance will be rockin’ with DJ Andy Inman. Admission is $5 per person for adults over 21 years of age. The event is sponsored by the Estherville Rotary Club.