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Cokato Corn Carnival kicks off Aug. 9
By Kristen Miller

Editor

COKATO, MN – Longtime Cokato Corn Carnival Chair Dorene Erickson and fellow committee members are gearing up for the 61st Annual Cokato Corn Carnival with a parade starting off the festivities Monday, Aug. 9.

This year happens to be Erickson’s 10th year as chair of the much-anticipated annual event featuring free corn-on-the-cob with the purchase of a button.

As chair, Erickson has served the longest in the history of the Corn Carnival. She also happens to be the first and only woman to have served as chair.

After this year, Erickson was hoping to pass on the fun to another committee member, but no one stepped up to the challenge, she said with a laugh.

The very first year she chaired, it rained for all three of the days.

“It was almost a complete washout,” she said.

Each year, the corn carnival serves about 12 tons of corn which is donated by Faribault Foods and husked by the Village Ranch.

Formerly, he corn was husked by machine at Faribault Foods, Erickson said.

In recent years, a system for husking the corn by hand had to be put into place, according to Erickson.

“Our current system with the Village Ranch has worked well and we hope to continue into the future,” Erickson said.

Also making the annual event possible are the 19 “very dedicated people” who serve on the Cokato Corn Carnival committee alongside Erickson.

All but a couple have served on the committee for several years, adding to the event’s success, Erickson said.

Following the main parade Monday, the Allen Family, based out of Branson, MO, will perform on stage at Peterson Park. The Allen Family is a family of 10 who travel around the country sharing their ministries and musical talent.

Redpath, a country music band made up of sisters, will perform Wednesday, Aug. 11 at 8 p.m. “We had good comments on them last year so we decided to book them again this year,” said Erickson. “This is the first time we booked the same act two years in a row,” she added.

Due to lack of interest last year, there will not be a corn eating contest this year. “Hopefully it will be re-instated next year,” Erickson said.

Tickets are still available for a chance to win a 2010 Chevy Malibu provided by Cokato Motor Sales.

COMPLETE COKATO CORN CARNIVAL SCHEDULE

Sunday, August 8

7 p.m. • Church service in Peterson Park

Monday, August 9

6 p.m. • Kiddie parade starting at Broadway and 7th St., with the main parade to follow.

Following the main parade, the Allen Family, sponsored by Cokato Ministerium, will perform on stage at Peterson Park

Tuesday, August 10

9 a.m.-9 p.m. • Cokato Museum and Akerlund Photography Studio will be open with the exhibit, “One Era Ends, Another Begins: The Final Years of Cokato High School and the Early Years of Dassel-Cokato High School”

12-3 p.m. • Register for childrens’ prize giveaways (14 years and younger)

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

2-7 p.m. • Used book sale at the Cokato Public Library

3:15 p.m. Drawings for childrens’ prizes on stage (must be present to win)

4-9 p.m. • Serving free corn-on-the-cob

8 p.m. • Corn Carnival Queen coronation

10 p.m. • Cash prize drawings – four $100 prizes

Wednesday, August 11

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

12-3 p.m. • Register for childrens’ prize giveaways (14 years and younger) 12:30 p.m.• Button sales begin at the information booths

2-7 p.m. • Used book sale at the Cokato Public Library

3:15 p.m. • Drawings for childrens’ prizes on stage (must be present to win)

4-9 p.m. • Serving free corn-on-the-cob

7 p.m. • Mid-Minnesota Concert Band

8 p.m. • Entertainment by Redpath on stage

10 p.m. • Drawings for 2010 Chevrolet Malibu and cash prizes – 1st-$2,500; 2nd-$1,500; 3rd-$1,000; and $50 alternate prizes

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