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Sweet days ahead

Estherville’s Sweet Corn Days starts this evening

August 1, 2018
David Swartz - Managing Editor ( , Estherville News

The 21st Annual Sweet Corn Days Celebration kicks off this evening and runs through Sunday in Estherville.

Tonight's events include the presentation of the flames and opening ceremony at 5:30 p.m. following by the burning of the cobs. Free s'mores will be served from 5:45-6:30 p.m.

A Corny Carp Competition will be held at the Carrico Heights Pond on Brad Alan Boulevard.

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Friday' evenings events start at 5 p.m., as food vendors begin serving with a Sweet Cars Cruise, Motorcycle Show, as well as the Little Miss and Mr. Sweet Corn Pageant all starting at 5:30 p.m.

Kids Games will start at 6:15 p.m. in Library Square.

The Corn Dog Races will be held on North Seventh Street this year. Owners must bring proof of vaccinations to race.

At 8 p.m., the "Minute to Win it: game show gives audience members a chance to win with a hula hoop show down at 9 p.m.

Fireworks will begin after dark-around 9:30 p.m. and a dance will be held at Woody's Pizza from 9 p.m.-1 a.m.


Early risers can take part in the annual Run for the Cob Saturday morning. Those who didn't pre-register may register prior to 7:45 a.m. The Run for the Cob includes a 1-Mile Fun Run along with 10K and 5K races.

A merchant market will be open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in downtown Estherville.

At 10:30, the annual parade will begin its traditional route along Central Avenue from 18th Street to Fifth street.

Free sweet corn will be served following the parade on First Avenue North between the Estherville Library and Emmet County Courthouse.

Afternoon events include the Sweet Cars Show by the Black Knights Car Club, Inflatables, free balloon animals, music on the square, Sweet Bikes and Sweet Cars Fun Run, Firefighter Water Competition, Izaak Walton 5 Stand Sporting Clays, Kids water fights and a Bean Bag Tournament.

The evening features a youth dance for ages 12-17 at Skateland and also a downtown street dance featuring the band Junk FM.


The celebration begins to wind down on Sunday, but the Knights of Columbus will serve pancakes at the Duhigg Center from 9 a.m.-noon.

A worship service with music by 6:4 Devotion will be held at 9:30 a.m. in Library Square.

At 11 a.m., a Des Moines River Float will start in Estherville at the School creek access and end at the Peterson Access in Wallingford.

A ping-pong tournament will be held at the Regional Wellness Center at 2 p.m. Please pre-register before noon. There is no registration fee.

Also, there will be a free swim all day at the Regional Wellness Center hosted by the City of Estherville.



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