Getting ready for Sweet Corn Days

Check out some of the events and help needed for Sweet Corn Days—–

Get a piece of over $800 given at BBQ Contest!

Forget about trying to beat your friends or relatives—that’s just a bonus! The biggest incentive for signing up for the Sweet Corn Days Barbecue Contest is the money!

On Saturday, August 13, during Lime Springs annual celebration, there is a potential for a competitor to individually win $500 cash money! Now, that’s a reason to put your name on the ballot!

Barbecuers can get an application online at under “Tourism” and then “Howard County Barbecue Contest.” This year an entry fee of $5.00 per category is required.

Applications must be turned in by Wednesday, August 10 to get on the people’s choice ballot.

Cash prizes are given in each of four categories—Anything chicken, anything pork, anything beef and anything corn (what else would it be for Lime Springs?). Prizes are $100 for first, $50 for second and $25 for third. If at least five people grill in all four categories, the overall winner will get an extra $100!

There is another chance for bragging rights. Anyone can purchase a ballot for $1.00 and taste test all the entries after the judges get their share. Each category will be given a People’s Choice prize, sponsored by the Lime Springs Community Club.

The grills will start up at 6:00 a.m. on Main Street and the smells will permeate around town all morning. At 1:00, contestants will send their chicken creations to the judges and then set some out for the crowd to sample. At 1:15 pork is due, at 1:30 beef and at 1:45 anything corn is due. Winners will be announced at 2:30 on Main Street.

Thanks to the sponsors of the Howard County Barbecue Contest for helping with prizes: Howard County Farm Bureau, Holstrom’s Gift & Jewelry, C US Bank, Ostrander Farmers Co-op, Winn. Coop, Farmers Feed & Grain, Stacyville LP Gas Co., County Line Locker, The Mighty Howard County Fair and Howard County Business & Tourism


Miss, Mr. Sweet Corn

Entries are needed to crown a new Miss Sweet Corn and a King of Corn for Sweet Corn Days. Bethany Atwell is in charge of the contest.

She asks any girl or boy from Lime Springs, between first and 12th grades, to write a paragraph explaining why she or he loves Lime Springs. Applicants must give their name, address, phone number, age, school grade and organizations and activities they have been involved in.

Miss Sweet Corn and King of Corn will be crowned on Friday of Sweet Corn Days, August 12, at 7:00 p.m., right before the Talent Contest in downtown Lime Springs.

So, if you love the town you live in, give your application to Bethany, mail it to her at P.O. Box 173, Lime Springs, 52155 or drop it in the mail box attached to the Lime Springs Herald’s door before Friday, August 5.


Thirty-mile bike ride

For the third year in a row, Sweet Corn Days 2011 is having a 30-mile bike ride, being planned by Vicki Gosnell. The ride will start in Lime Springs, go north past Lidtke Mill, east on Highway 44, south to Granger and then back to Lime Springs. For more information call 563-379-7478.


Redneck Horseshoes

After the regular horseshoe tournament, a Redneck tournament will take place at 2:30 where players will be trying their hand at tossing toilet seats onto plungers!

It will be a must-see first-time event for Sweet Corn Saturday, August 13.


Horseshoe Tournament


Last year was the first year for the Irvin Munkel Horseshoe Tournament. Munkel was a champion horseshoe player and was using his old trophies for the new tournament.

Unfortunately, he passed away, and it is now the Irvin Munkel Memorial Horseshoe Tournament. It is being run by Harlan Larson and Heather Knutson.

The tournament will be held on Saturday, August 13 of Sweet Corn Days at 1:00 with registration at noon. It is a 20-shoe adult tournament with pay back to top three, with top two high points also getting trophies. There is a $5.00 entry fee.



Helpers needed

Sweet Corn Days would not be as successful as it is without volunteers.

Help is needed at several booths over the weekend. There is a time slot for everyone! Make it a family event, and invite your visiting relatives to give back to the town they grew up in.

Sign up sheets are at the Lime Springs Library and City Hall. Sign up for one or more time slots to help out and be part of the biggest celebration in the area! Sign up to help at the corn stand, food stand, ticket booth, beer garden or ballfield food stand. (More on back)


Parade entries needed

Plans are underway for Sweet Corn Days. One of the main attractions is the Grand Parade on Sunday, August 14. Anyone who would like to enter a float in the parade is asked to contact Duane or Barb Johnson at 563-566-2650 evenings or 563-566-2215 days.

Put some effort into your float as the top three entries will receive cash prizes. There is no theme, so let your imagination run wild!

Pre-parade lineup begins at noon on Sunday, with the parade starting at 1:00. If you don’t have a float, find a place to plop down and enjoy the parade.


Talent entries needed

If you can sing, dance, play an instrument or have another special talent, you are eligible to enter the Lime Springs Talent Contest for Sweet Corn Days.

The talent contest will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, August 12 on Main Street. Each contestant will share his or her talent with the crowd and judges. Winners will be announced on Friday evening. Look for more details in upcoming issues of the Lime Springs Herald.

There is no entry fee, so perform by yourself or with a friend—just get out there and have fun. For more information or to register contact Pam Burnikel at 563-547-3793 (home-leave message) or 563-547-3624 (work).


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