July 31, 2006
Time for Cokato Corn Carnival
By Kristen Miller
It’s that time of year again for parades, fun in the park and free corn-on-the-cob at the 57th Annual Cokato Corn Carnival.
The corn carnival officially runs from Monday, August 7 through Wednesday, August 9 with all day fun, entertainment, and food.
The Corn Carnival isn’t a carnival without the corn. The corn is picked fresh daily, and is donated by Faribault Foods of Cokato.
Free, all you can eat corn-on-the-cob will be served Tuesday and Wednesday between 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. in Peterson Park.
Just remember, corn doesn’t husk itself. Volunteers and passerbys can help husk the six tons of corn daily that will be served during the carnival.
In past years, Faribault Foods used to use their husking machine, but to preserve the cobs’ goodness, they must be husked by hand, according to Mark Peterson, in charge of the corn stand along with his father George and Karl Rokala.
“The corn is so tender, juicy, plump and moist, that the kernels must be husked by hand,” Peterson said.
Husking will begin at 2 p.m. each day it is served. “Whoever can lend a hand, please come to the corn stand and volunteer your time,” Peterson said.
The festival begins this year with a church service in Peterson Park, Sunday, August 6 at 7 p.m.
Due to Broadway road construction, this year’s parade will start at Seventh Street and Mooers and will run to Third Street to Mallard and finishing at Peterson Park.
The kiddie parade begins at 6 p.m. with the main parade following.
Monday’s festivities will end with music in the park following the main parade.
Don’t forget to sign up for children’s daily prize giveaways. Registration is from noon to 3 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, with the drawings at 3:15.
The 60th Annual Miss Cokato Coronation begins at 8 p.m. on the stage with introductions of candidates and visiting royalty.
Four $100 drawings will take place at 10 p.m. Tuesday and grand prizes awarded Wednesday at 10 p.m. which includes a 2006 Pontiac G6. Tickets are still available from a fireman or at Holt Tour and Charter.
To test your corn eating skills, there will be a corn eating contest Wednesday at 6 p.m. in front of the main stage.
At 7 p.m., Mid Minnesota Concert Band will take the stage and The Sherwin Linton Show, “The Johnny Cash Story,” will follow at 8 p.m.