Edward “Tom” Fritcher, 90

Edward “Tom” Thomas Fritcher, 90, of Lime Springs, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, August 24, 2010 at Regional Health Services of Howard County.
Tom was born on February 29, 1920 in Rock Township, Mitchell County, Iowa, the son of John Fritcher and Mozelle Wells Fritcher. Although Tom was 90 years old, he only celebrated 22 birthdays in his lifetime. (LEAP YEAR 90!)
He completed school through the eighth grade in Mitchell, Iowa. Tom was baptized and confirmed on December 22, 1953 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Cresco, Iowa, and was currently a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Lime Springs.  On April 1, 1943 he was united in marriage to Sigrid Loden in Osage, Iowa. The couple were lifetime farmers in the Cresco and Lime Springs area. In 1993 they sold the farm to their son Dave, keeping the farm in the family. Continue reading

Edward “Tom” Fritcher, 90

Antique/Classic Tractor Pull

Dustin Eiffler

With five tractor pulls in a 50-miles radius, the Sweet Corn Days Pull in Lime Springs on August 14 had fewer participants at 64, but it was still as entertaining as in years past.

This year’s divisions included the usual Antique/Classic 1959 and older tractors, Farm Stock and King of the Hill. An extra division was Sportsman. Chairman Chris Bowen says the Sportsman Division is really an open class with extra horsepower and a faster speed.

Jaws of Life demonstration

At noon on Saturday of Sweet Corn Days, the Lime Springs Fire Department had a Jaws of Life demonstration on Main Street.
The Lime Springs Fire Department is in dire need of a new set of Jaws. The set they have has outlived its usefullness. It is an older model and does not work on newer-model cars.
Many have already donated money to the fire department to help purchase the trucks from Forest City Township. Any extra money received will be used for equipment and very possibly a new set of Jaws, which cost about $17,000.
The car was donated by Tom Beck. Neil Stapelkamp of Sandry Fire Supply oversaw the demonstration.

Lime Springs Sweet Corn Days Car Show results

People’s Choice Carol and Dick Gates’ Copemanmobile won People’s Choice honors.

By Dan Evans

LIME SPRINGS – A total of 41 vehicles came out to register for the Lime Springs Sweet Corn Days Car & Motorcycle Show Sunday.

Kids pedal tractor pull

Garret Wenthold

The Kid Power Pedal Tractor Pull LLC is always a favorite with the crowd during Sweet Corn Days. For the past several years it has been held at the tennis courts at Brown Park and is sponsored by C US Bank.

There were 18 participants in the four-year-old group with Ethan Payne of LeRoy taking first, Colby Warnke of Riceville taking second and Abby Dohlman of LeRoy taking third.
Out of 15 pullers in the five-year age group, Brian Grimm of Riceville book first with Saydey Scholbrock of Cresco taking second. Third place went to Kandice Eggerichs of Ionia.
Another large group of kids, 17, in the six-year old division pulled next. Taking first was Becca Mohlis of Tripoli, Sean Grimm of Riceville took second and third was Addy Hershberger of Decorah.
Bradley Kasemeier of Cresco won the lucky age seven age group with seven participants. Second went to Hannah Sunnes of Riceville and third to Kyle Renken of Decorah.

This, that and other things —Sweet Corn Days results, winners

Stephen Dietz was named King of Corn and Emily Roberts was crowned Miss Sweet Corn at the beginning of the Talent Show on Friday. They also rode in the parade.

Here is some general information and results about other events during Sweet Corn Days, August 13-15.

Miss Sweet Corn
Emily Roberts, daughter of Ted and Amy Roberts, was crowned Miss Sweet Corn at the beginning of the Talent Contest on Friday night. Stephen Dietz, son of Jason and Angel Dietz was crowned King of Corn.
Harley Davidson
K-VIK radio was on Main Street on Saturday drawing for two chances to win two Harley Davidson motorcycles. Several times during the afternoon live reports were given. Winners of the chance were Trevor Pisney of Lime Springs and Amy (Bill) Murphy of Cresco.
$1,000 raffle
$500—Jerry White (LS)
$250—Eileen Evans (LeRoy)
$100—Bill Moser (LS)
$100—Michaela Bolton (LS)
$50—Clem Donlan (LS)
Biggest Loser
There was some great competition in the weight-loss competition that started June 19 and ended Saturday morning. Seven competitors each put in $150 for a winner-take-all contest.

Hot grills, cool times at BBQ Contest

Rick Hovey shows some of the entries his family had in the competition.

It may have been a little on the hot side at the Barbecue Contest on Main Street during Sweet Corn Days, but everyone involved thought it was a pretty cool event.

This was the first year the event was held in Lime Springs and people are already looking forward to next year. Although, they can attend the next Howard County Barbecue Contest at Cresco’s Norman Borlaug Fest on September 24-26.
Several grills showed up on Main Street Saturday morning at 6:00 a.m. The others showed up all the way up until about 11:00 for the 1:00 judging.
The Lime Springs contest was part of the Howard County circuit in which most towns in the area are participating this year. Points are awarded for each category entered and the vendor with the most points is given an award at the end of the circuit year—the 2011 Howard County Fair.

Friday night Talent Show

Kriya Atwell and Willow Shroyer of the Shroyells sang “Jesus Loves Me” at the Talent Show . . . well they tried as they both fought for control of the microphone. (Photo by Grandma Pat Stevens)

Some folks might have had a hard time finding the Sweet Corn Days Talent Show after it was moved from Main Street to A&K’s shed, but they soon found where the action was when the music started!

This year, Pam Burnikel was in charge of the contest on Friday night and for a first-timer did a great job.
The night started with Jeff Wilson talking about the Softball Tournament that had 28 teams.
Then, last year’s Miss Sweet Corn Chelsey Morgan crowned  Emily Roberts for 2010. Former King of Corn, Zachery Dietz was able to crown his brother Stephen.
After the crowning, it was time for the talent show to begin. Teryn Lukes started off the night for the eight and under group. Next, sisters Kriya Atwell and Willow Shroyer fought over the mike as they sang “Jesus Loves Me.”
The judges, Harlan Larson, Sarah Schutte, Marla of KCZQ and Kim Witt had a tough time naming the winners. But in the end, it was Miss Lukes in first and the sisters in second.
Taking first in the 9-17 age group was Danielle Billidt and Emily Brown in second. Other singers in the group were Makayla Gates, Cortney Vreeman, Skye White, Arielle Engelhart and sisters Maria, Kaelea and Mary Lewis. Jackson Martens was a crowd favorite with his Michael Jackson moves.

What’s new at LS-C Elementary

Every new school year brings changes but this year brings more than usual at Howard-Winneshiek, and Lime Springs-Chester in particular. These changes will be evident as classes start today, August 19.