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Get ready for the 59th annual Cokato Corn Carnival

August 4, 2008

By Kristen Miller
Staff Writer

Even if you aren’t a fan of freshly cooked corn-on-the-cob, there is something for everyone to enjoy at the 59th annual Cokato Corn Carnival.

The excitement begins Monday, Aug. 11 with the main parade starting at Broadway Avenue and Seventh Street.

Following the parade, there will be a reception at the corn stand for 2007-08 Miss Cokato, Emily McConkey, who was recently crowned Minneapolis Aquatennial Princess.

Music featuring Trevor Davis will follow the main parade in Peterson Park and is sponsored by the Cokato Ministerium.

Free with a Corn Carnival button, corn-on-the-cob will be available Tuesday and Wednesday from 4 to 9 p.m. donated by Faribault Foods.

Tuesday at 8 p.m., current Cokato royalty will be passing on their crowns to three lucky ladies. Read the seven candidate’s biographies inside.

Come check out the Classic Vehicle Revue, sponsored by the Cokato Museum, Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. See an array of unique classic vehicles along a blocked-off section of Fourth Street West between Broadway Avenue and Millard.

At 6 p.m., come watch as participants in the corn eating contest try to eat as much corn-on-the-cob as they can the quickest.

Following is the Mid-Minnesota Concert Band at 7 p.m. with entertainment by Brittany Lee, formerly “Keystone.”

To end the festivities, a drawing will take place at 10 p.m. for cash prizes and a 2008 Chevy Impala.

Other activities going on during the Cokato Corn Carnival include the Cokato Museum exhibit “You May Be Seated,” featuring area churches and religion, open Monday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; a used book sale from 2 to 6 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday in the library’s Centennial Room, also a variety of carnival rides, games, and food. Advanced ride tickets can be purchased at First National Bank, State Bank of Cokato, Dahlin Home and Farm, Keaveny’s, The Marketplace, and Kirk’s Travel Plaza.

A number of area churches and local service organizations will also be selling a variety of food and refreshments.

See the full schedule for more details.

Cokato Corn Carnival daily schedule

Sunday, Aug. 10

• 7 p.m. church service in Peterson Park

Monday, Aug. 11

• 6:00 p.m. Kiddie Parade- Starting at Broadway & 7th St.

Participation awards will be given to all who enter.

• Following is the Main Parade- Starting at Broadway & 7th St.

• Following Main Parade music sponsored by Cokato Ministerium,

featuring Trevor Davis

Tuesday, Aug. 12

• 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. Cokato Museum & Akerlund Studio open

Enjoy the Summer Exhibit “You May Be Seated” (Area churches, religion)

• Noon - 3 p.m. Registration for children’s prizes to be given away (14 years and younger)

• 12:30 p.m. Button sales begin in the information booths

• 2 p.m. Corn husking fun! Hand husk sweet corn in the street by the corn stand

• 2 - 6 p.m. Used book sale, Centennial Room, Cokato Public Library

• 3:15 p.m. Drawings for children’s prizes

• 4 - 9 p.m. Free corn-on-the-cob (with a Corn Carnival Button)

• 8 p.m. Queen coronation and introduction of visiting royalty

• 10 p.m. Cash drawings Four $100 cash prizes

Wednesday, Aug. 13

• 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. Cokato Museum & Akerlund Studio open

Enjoy this summer’s exhibit, “You May Be Seated”

• Noon - 3 p.m. Registration for children’s prizes to be given away (14 years and younger)

• 12:30 p.m. Button sales begin in the information booths

• 2 - 6 p.m. Used book sale, Centennial Room, Cokato Public Library

• 2 p.m. Corn husking fun! Hand husk sweet corn in the street by the corn stand

• 2 p.m. Music by “The Flyers” singing songs to be enjoyed by the whole family

• 3:15 p.m. Drawings for children’s prizes

• 5 - 8 p.m. Classic vehicle revue in front of the Cokato Museum

• 4 - 9 p.m. Free corn-on-the-cob (with a Corn Carnival Button)

• 6 p.m. Corn eating contest (in front of the main stage)

• 7 p.m. Music by Mid-Minnesota Concert Band

• 8 p.m. Entertainment featuring Brittany Lee, formerly “Keystone” on stage

• 10 p.m. Grand prize drawing for 2008 Chevy Impala

Cash Prizes 1st-$2,500; 2nd-$1,500; 3rd-$1,000

• 7 - $50 Alternate Prizes

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