London Olympics, eat your heart out.
The real action this August is at Estherville Sweet Corn Days this Thursday through Sunday.
Dwarfing the subdued pageantry of the lighting of the olympic flame in London will be the Presentation of the Flames at 5:15 p.m. today in North Riverside Park. Runners will come from the four entrance signs of Estherville to North Riverside Park where they will light the cobs from last year's Sweet Corn Days in the Burning of the Cobs at 5:45 p.m. (sort of like the old London Yule log).
Smores will follow from 6-6:30 at the park. The Downtown Market will be held 5-7 p.m. in Library Square and a Sweet Corn Days kickoff party will be held at 6 p.m. at Woody's Pizza.
Friday events start with the family picnic 5:30 p.m. at First Avenue North on Library Square. The picnic includes ribeye steak sandwich, chips and drink for $7.50 or a hot dog, chips and drink for $5. The picnic is hosted by Bank Plus.
The Black Knights Car Club will hold their Sweet Cars Cruise 5:30-8 p.m. on North Sixth Street. A special route leaves at 7 p.m.
The Little Miss and Mr. Sweet Corn Pageant will be held 6 p.m. on the Library Square stage. Contestants are ages 4-8. The pageant is hosted by Envy Salon, Elite Tanning and Epic Fashions.
Kids games will follow at 6:45 in Library Square for children ages 3-12, hosted by Employees Credit Union.
Ole and Lena will take to the Library Square stage at 7:30 p.m. Be sure to bring your lawn chair and get ready for some laughs.
The hypnotist show will be from 8-9:30 in Library Square. This new event is sponsored by Black Knights Car Club.
Look to the southern sky for fireworks after dark, sponsored by Iowa Protein Solutions, followed by the film "Mirror Mirror" in Courthouse Square, hosted by Steven's Sales & Service.
Hypnosis After Dark will be held at 10:30 p.m. at the MT Vault. Presale tickets are available at the Estherville Area Chamber of Commerce at 620 First Ave. S. for $8 or for $10 at the door. Admission is limited to ages 10 and over and there's a cash bar.
Saturday parade starts at 10 a.m.
Saturday events start with the Run for the Cob half-marathon, 10K, 5K and one-mile fun run. Registration is 4-6 p.m. Friday with start times 7-7:45 a.m. Saturday at the MT Vault. The race is hosted by the ELC-AR and Iowa Lakes Community College cross-country teams.
Art in the Park featuring area artists, craftspersons and vendors will be held 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Library Square.
Probably the biggest event of the weekend will be the Sweet Corn Days parade starting at 10:30 a.m. on Central Avenue. To register contact Gene Haukoos at Estherville Ambulance Service at 362-4221.
Look for food vendors all day in the Town Square area and free sweet corn from noon until it's gone on North Seventh Street, hosted by GKN, Avera Holy Family Health and Iowa Lakes Community College.
The Black Knights Car Club will hold its seventh annual Sweet Cars Show noon to 4 p.m. on North Sixth Street. Car registration is $10 and will be held from 10 a.m. to noon with awards at 3 p.m.
Inflatables will be available for the kids from noon to 4 p.m. in Courthouse Square at $1 or $2 a ride or $15 for a wristband for unlimited use. The inflatables are hosted by Post Prom and sponsored by the Estherville Kiwanis.
The rock wall will be available from noon to 4 p.m. at First Ave. N. for $3 a climb.
Ride the barrel train from noon to 4 p.m. at the corner of First Avenue North and North Seventh Street at $1 a ride. The barrel train is sponsored by Emmet County Animal Shelter.
Mr. Twister will be in Library Square from noon to 2:30 p.m. with a balloon animal performance at 1 p.m., sponsored by New Fashion Pork.
The Corn Hole (bean bag) tournament will be held at 3 p.m. at Thoreson Park with registration at 2:30 p.m. Entry fee is $20 a team. The event is sponsored by the Emmet County Relay for Life Team.
Water fights will also be at 3 p.m. on North Seventh Street, hosted by the Estherville Firemen's Association.
The Duck Derby will be held at 3 p.m. at Riverside Park. Ducks are one for $3 or two for $5. The winning duck will bring $500 in Estherville Bucks with the next five winning $100 in Estherville Bucks each. The derby is hosted by the Troop 31 Boy Scouts and Clarken Realtors. If you need to buy a duck or want Estherville merchandise, see the chamber tent in Library Square 5-9 p.m. Friday or 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
A disc golf tournament will be held at 4 p.m. at Joe Hoye Park. Pros play two rounds of nine holes for $25 while novices play one round with no fee. The tournament is hosted by Wittneben Surveying.
The St. Patrick's Catholic Church corn-fed beef barbecue, auction and raffle will be held from 5-7 p.m. at Duhigg Center at Ninth and Central. A steak sandwich, beans, chips and drink will be available for $8. A hamburger dinner will be available for $6 for adults and $4 for children 10 and under. There will be a raffle to win $10,000. The barbecue, auction and raffle are sponsored by St. Patrick's parish.
A youth dance will be held from 9 p.m. to midnight at Estherville Fire Hall at 27 S. Fifth St. Admission to the dance for ages 12-20 is $5.
A an adult street dance will be held from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. on North Seventh Street. Admission is $5 with a minimum age of 21. The dance is hosted by the Estherville Rotary Club and sponsored by Wild Rose Casino.
Sunday events start with the golf tournament 8 a.m. at Estherville Golf Course. Entry for the four-person best ball tournament is $35 a person. For tee time or for more information call Estherville Golf Course at 362-4349. The tournament is sponsored by Estherville Golf Course.
A community worship service will be held 11 a.m. in Library Square. Please bring your lawn chairs for the service hosted by the Estherville Area Ministerial Association.
The Des Moines River fun float will be held at 1 p.m. at the swinging bridge in North Riverside Park. The float is subject to river conditions.