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Sweet days approacheth

By Staff | Jul 31, 2010

The reign of 2009 Little Mister and Little Miss Sweet Corn Days Grant Love and Felicity Rose ends next week when new royalty are crowned. EDN file photo

Estherville residents will find some new events at this year’s Sweet Corn Days Thursday through Sunday Aug. 5-9.

This year’s theme is Partying in the U.S.A.

Bark in the Park will be the first new event. Starting at 6 p.m. Thursday at Joe Hoye Park, a fundraiser will be held for the Emmet County animal shelter. There will be a walk from Joe Hoye to Mickelson Park, a frisbee catch contest and a silly pet trick’s contest. Registration is $20.

Contact Kristy Henning at “mailto:emmetcountyanimalshelter@live.com”>emmetcountyanimalshelter@live.com for more information. The event is sponsored by Emmet County State Bank and Greg Currell.

Also new is a melodrama, “Cornfield of Dreams”, performed by Esther’s Players, a group from the Excel! Estherville Arts and Culture Committee. The performance will be held on the Library Square stage at 8 p.m. Friday.

A new event Saturday will be the rock wall climb from noon to 4 p.m. on First Avenue North. The cost to climb is $3.

Another new event Saturday is the bocce tournament 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Thoreson Park. Preregister at the Estherville Area Chamber of Commerce office at 620 First Ave. S. The entry fee for two-person teams is $5. Games are limited to 30 minutes per game or 15 points. The tournament is hosted by the Estherville Parks and Recreation Department and Special Olympics.

This is the second year of another popular event. The Presentation of the Flames will be held 5:15 p.m. Thursday. Four runners – George Shadle, Dr. Cory Hoyer, Kirsten Norman and John Schnell – will carry corn torches from each Estherville entrance to North Riverside Park to kick off Sweet Corn Days 2010. Each runner will be escorted by members of the Black Knights Car Club.

Also in its second year is the Burning of the Cobs at 5:45 p.m. at North Riverside Park. A short program will be held with door prizes for selected participants.

See Tuesday’s Spirit for a full schedule of Sweet Corn Days activities.