Exhibit to debut Monday, May 25 during open house event
By Kristen Miller
COKATO, MN - The Cokato Museum is already gearing up for the 60th annual Cokato Corn Carnival with an exhibit honoring the long-lived tradition.
The exhibit, “60 (Y)ears of Corn,” debuts Monday, May 25 during the Cokato Museum’s annual open house between 9 a.m. and noon.
Memories of the Corn Carnival began with the first annual summer festival, August 1950.
Cokato Museum Director Mike Worcester explained that annuals are different than anniversaries in that annuals are counted beginning with the first year, not the year after, like anniversaries.
It’s been 10 years since the last Cokato Museum display showcasing the Corn Carnival.
Since then, the museum has collected more artifacts, photographs, and other items that help tell the story of the Corn Carnival, Worcester said.
Some of what the exhibit will include are a full set of Corn Carnival buttons and photos of the famous bed races which were popular between 1979 and 1982, according to Worcester.
People would compete in a race with beds on wheels along Broadway Avenue, between Third and Fourth streets.
“We try to cover all the different ways the Corn Carnival has tried to entertain the community over the last six decades,” Worcester said.
The exhibit is tentatively scheduled to run through Labor Day.
Regular museum hours are Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. The museum is closed Mondays and major holidays.