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Corn Carnival takes pride in 90 years of tradition

June 20, 2012
By ANDREW POTTER - Staff Writer ( , Times-Republican

GLADBROOK - Tradition and the Gladbrook Corn Carnival go hand in hand - and that's even more the case this year as the town recognizes a milestone.

The town is celebrating the 90th Corn Carnival beginning this Thursday and running through midday Sunday.

"We just keep going," said Dennis Gienger, president of the Corn Carnival committee for nearly three decades. "Everyone seems to be proud. We have a good group of core people who want to see it keep going."

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Young people take part in the corn cob throwing contest during last year’s Gladbrook Corn Carnival. This year’s festival is celebrating 90 years and runs Thursday through Sunday.

Events begin Thursday with the announcement of the Little Miss and Mr. Corn Carnival and Corn Cob Queen as well as the kiddies parade.

The traditional huge Friday night community parade will begin at 6:30 p.m.

"That draws well over 10,000 people to the community," Gienger said of the parade. "It's one of the best parades around."

Fact Box

Gladbrook Corn Carnival


Collector's Fair

10 am to 9 p.m. Memorial Building

Merchant and Business Exhibits

4 to 10 p.m. - Upstairs City Centre

Kenny's Funland Midway

6 to 10 p.m. Ride Wrist Bands $20

Little Miss and Mr. Corn Carnival and Corn Cob Queen

Just prior to Kiddies Parade

Kiddies Parade

6:30 p.m. - City Park

Music On Main - Time Warp Cowboys

7:30 p.m. to dark - East end of Main Street


Merchant and Business Exhibits

3 to 10 p.m.

Movie at Gladbrook Theatre

1:30 p.m.

Kenny's Funland Midway

6 to 11 p.m.- Ride Wrist Bands $20

Grand Parade

6:30 p.m.


Main Street After Parade

Music on Main-The Other Band

After The Parade-East End of Main Street

DJ Karaoke- By Mike Uhde

By Beer Garden 9 p.m. - Midnight


Breakfast In The Park

7:30 to 10:00 a.m.

5K Walk/Run

Register 7 a.m. - Race 8 a.m.- City Park

Shuffleboard Tournament

8 a.m. - Upstairs City Centre

Antique Power Show

9 a.m. - City Park

Sand Volleyball - City Park

9 a.m. $25/team

Cribbage and 500 Tournament

9:30 a.m. Registration - City Centre

Kids Activities

Starts at 10 a.m. - City Park Registration at 9 a.m.

Kenny's Funland Midway

1 to 5 p.m. and 6 to 11 p.m.

Merchant and Business Exhibits

Open from 1 to 7 p.m. - City Centre

Movie at Gladbrook Theater

1:30 p.m.

Pickleball Tournament

$5 per team 1:30 p.m. Middle School Gym

Classic Car Cruise

Registration 3:30 p.m.; cruise 7 p.m.

Music on Main - Swamp Cabbage

Swamp Blues from Florida - 6 to 7 p.m.

Bingo - Main Street 7:30 p.m.

Gladbrook Families Have Talent

7:30 p.m. - Gladbrook Theatre - Quilt Raffle, Merchant Drawings

and Photo Hunt Prize During Intermission-


10 p.m.


Community Church Service

10:30 a.m. - Gladbrook Theater

Pork Loin Dinner

11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Community Food Stand

This year's grand marshalls for the parade are Darrell and Jeanne Paustian, who are both longtime volunteers in the community.

"You couldn't ask for two people to do more for a community than those two," Gienger said.

Following the parade, there will be music by The Other Band and a DJ downtown.

The fun doesn't end Friday night, especially for the children.

Crowds will be back at the city park Saturday at 10 a.m. for dozens of games in the park. Everything from big wheel races to corn cob throwing contests are planned.

"It has evolved into a tremendous kids event," Gienger said. "There's just a lot of things going on."

The adults and teens also will have events that day including a sand volleyball tournament that starts at 9 a.m. Saturday.

A fireworks show will shoot off on the southeast side of town beginning at 10 p.m. Saturday.

Events wrap up with a community church service and pork loin lunch Sunday. Most of the event focuses on family fun, just as they have for 90 years.

"Family fun - that's what the Corn Carnival is all about," Gienger said.



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