It didn’t rain on our parade —Just before and after . . . Sat. was perfect

It was crazy weather with temperatures in the 70s on Saturday and rain on Sunday, but Sweet Corn Days was another rousing success! It has never rained on the Sweet Corn Days parade, and this year was no exception—it rained all morning (slowed down during the church service) and all afternoon but stopped long enough for the parade. Here is some general information and results about many of the events during the celebration, August 10-12.

Miss Sweet Corn

Mattie Slavin, daughter of Leann and John Slavin was crowned 2012 Miss Sweet Corn at the beginning of the Talent Contest on Friday night. Runners up were Anna May Leverson and Kendel Slavin. There were no King of Corn contestants.

Talent Show

Taking home the $500 grand prize was Amber Feind. She had just one point more than Makayla Gates after the sing-off on Saturday night.

Tractor Show

There were 19 tractors and two lawn mowers in the Tractor Show this year. Sixteen tractors belonged to Lyle and Jay Ryon, who spent much of their downtime (when they are not moving picnic tables and garbage cans) hanging out at the show and talking with passersby. The other tractors displayed were from Richter Bros. (Randy and Tim), Norman Cooper and a New Holland.

Ryon Bros. collection took home first place in the tractor show. Second went to Randy and Tim Richter.

Other Contests

Look for articles this week and next on the BBQ Contest, Tractor Pull, Kids’ Pedal Pull and Car Show.

Bike Ride

The 30-mile bike ride had about 20 riders. There were stops at Harlan Nagle’s place, who had refreshments, and in Granger.

Softball games

Organizer Dustin Kraft took over the Steve Kraft Memorial Softball Tournament last year.

Taking first in the Men’s Division (with eight teams participating) was Hanson Tire (Ethan Kraft, Captain). Second went to Protivin Mills, and third went to Squirrelcats (Dan Caffrey).

In the Co-ed Division (also with eight teams), first went to the undefeated Squirrelcats (Dan Caffrey split first and second prize money with Protivin Mills). Third went to Cray Insurance.

Flea Market

For something different, the Community Club sponsored a three-day flea market for those wanting to participate. There were five vendors for the weekend. Mark Tibbals said there were 18 signed up for Sunday, and despite the rain, 17 showed up. The club will probably try the weekend flea market again next year.

Moo Mobile

Sweet Corn Days is second only to Howard County Fair for the amount of malts sold at the Moo Mobile. This year, 111 pails of ice cream were used, which is 50 less than last year—cool, drizzly weather the culprit.

Sweet Corn

The Lime Springs Community Club donated 1,800 pounds of FREE sweet corn. Becky Pahl, whose crew is in charge of preparing the corn, said 36 pounds of butter and 36 pounds of margarine are used!

A few complaints were heard about the corn, but here is a reminder to everyone . . . it was FREE!


Eighteen hundred pounds of watermelon were FREE to the masses on Sunday, thanks to C US Bank, sponsor of the feed for years.


The 31st annual Sweet Corn Days Parade didn’t have prizes for the top floats, but some of the more memorable 65-plus entries included the very first one—the American Legion. Members of Lime Springs #545 were joined by Cresco, Riceville and Protivin Legions, Riceville Legion Auxiliary, American Legion Riders of Osage and Howard County VFW.

Other entries included vehicles for Upper Iowa OHV Club, folks working out on Family Fun & Fitness equipment, Don Burnikel handing out non-husked ears of corn and Tow-Mater (sponsored by Quam’s and C US Bank).

Mayor Barb Robinson commented there were about half as many people as in other years, but she was still able to get rid of over 75 pounds of candy. Speaking of candy, Dean Eastman, who announced the parade at the five corners commented the Sweet Corn Days parade has more candy thrown per capita than any other town in Howard County. That must be a fact. Did you see those sacks the kids were taking home? It’s better than Christmas . . . well almost.

Fish & Game Club Raffle

Winners of the Fish & Game Club’s raffle at the buffalo burger stand were John Langreck-gun; Marty Brockney-fishing pole; Richard Mogenson-lantern; Pete Fritcher-sleeping bag; Bob McClary-cooler; and Christi Bonow, Marsha Nagel, Francis Monty, Amy Baethke and Jerry Weber-cookbooks

Club members had 500 buffalo burgers made up and sold about 400. For a cold, rainy day, they figured that was pretty good.


New this year was the carnival with rides and everything! It was a little slow in its first year, but the owner of the carnival is hoping to try again next year.


The Dad’s Belgian Waffle breakfast, sponsored by the Oneota Club, served 295 plates, down a little from last year. Proceeds go toward community improvement.

The Boy Scouts’ Omelette Breakfast served approximately 506, which was down about 20 from last year. That’s pretty good, considering the threat of rain for the day!

Swimming Pool Raffle

Jill Tibbals was the lucky winner of the quilt, handmade by Lime Springs native Jenny Weyers. She enjoyed the pool as a child and through her teens. When she was old enough, she was a lifeguard and manager.

$1,000 Raffle

You had to be male to win money in the cash raffle!

$500—John Vobr

$250—Jamie Wemark

$100—Bruce Muenzenberger

$100—Marty Steenhard

$50—Marty Beck


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