The Gladbrook Corn Carnival is famous for its huge Friday night parade.
The tradition continues this weekend as the festival returns, including the 6:30 p.m. parade.
"The parade has always been a source of pride in the community," said Terri Luehring, the new chair of the festival and retiree of the Gladbrook-Reinbeck School District.
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The parade is among the most popular events at the Gladbrook Corn Carnival. It returns at 6:30 p.m. this Friday night as part of the four-day festival which starts Thursday.
The 91st annual festival runs Thursday through Sunday.
Thursday night features the crowning of the Corn Cob Queen and the Little Miss and Mr. Corn Carnival. There will also be a street dance featuring Country Classic Four.
Grand Marshal of the big parade will be Gene Seda, who has served as part of the Gladbrook-Lincoln ambulance service for more than 40 years.
Gladbrook Corn Carnival
10 a.m. - 9 p.m. - Collectors Fair, Memorial Building
4 - 10 p.m. - Merchant and Business exhibits, City Centre
6 to 10 p.m. - Midway rides
6:15 p.m - Little Miss & Mr. Corn Carnival & Corn Cob Queen crowning -
6:30 p.m. - Kiddie parade, city park
7:30 p.m. - Music on Main - Country Classic Four
3 to 10 p.m. Merchant and business exhibits, City Centre
6 to 11 p.m. - Midway rides
1:30 p.m. Movie at theater
6:30 p.m. - Grand parade - (Grand Marshal - Gene Seda)
After parade- Music on Main ~ The Other Band (East Main Street)
7 a.m. - Antique Tractor Ride - city park
7:30 a.m. - 10 a.m. - Breakfast in the park
8 a.m. - 5K Walk/Run (Register at 7 a.m, city park)
8:30 a.m. - Cribbage and 500 tournament registration, City Centre
9 a.m. - Sand Volleyball tournament- city park
10 a.m. - Kids activities, city park (Registration starts at 9 a.m.)
1 to 5 p.m. and 6 to 11 p.m. - Midway rides
1 to 7 p.m. - Merchant and business exhibits, City Centre
1:30 p.m. - Movie at theater
1:30 p.m. - Pickleball Tournament, Middle school gym
6 - 7 p.m. - Entertainment on Main, Sugar Creek Cloggers, Tiger Taekwondo Demo
7 p.m. - Classic Car Cruise
7:30 p.m. - Gladbrook's Got Talent - theater
10 p.m. - Fireworks
10:30 a.m. - Community Church Service, Gladbrook Theater
11 a.m. -12:30 p.m. - Community dinner, food stand on Main
After the parade Friday, there will be a performance by The Other Band as part of the Music on Main event.
Saturday will begin with a breakfast and an antique tractor ride. Kids games and activities in the city park begin at 10 a.m. They include races and the traditional corn cob throwing contest.
"It's just fun activities for the whole family and the kids love to participate," Luehring said.
The annual Gladbrook's Got Talent show will be at 7:30 p.m. Saturday night in the theater. Saturday night is capped off with the 10 p.m. fireworks show.
"The show was a half hour last year, and we are expecting just as big of a show this year," Luehring said.
The festival concludes Sunday with a 10:30 a.m. community church service and a luncheon.