Corn Husking Time In Iowa

| September/October 1991

Box 139, Kimballton, Iowa 51543

October 19th-20th will be Corn Husking Time at Kimballton, Iowa, but it won't be combines harvesting the corn. The golden ears will be hitting the bang boards of horse drawn wagons when participants from throughout the Midwest compete in the annual corn husking festival.

The introduction of tractors and mechanical cornpickers in the 1930's made handpicking obsolete, but 'old timers' are eager to demonstrate the old fashioned method of harvesting corn, while youngsters are eager to learn the skill.

Kimballton has hosted this event since 1982, when the contest served as a kick-off for the village centennial. The corn husking committee, headed by Paul C. Christensen, decided to continue the project and it has grown each year. In addition to the one day state contest on October 19, the National Contest will also be held October 20.

Contestants are divided by age groups, with both women and men competing. There is a designated time limit for picking and the winner is chosen by weight of corn picked with gleanings subtracted.

Nine Midwest states will be involved in the National contest. Winners from each state will compete in their respective class at Kimballton. State winners here will include Nebraska, Kansas, South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio.