Keeping History Alive Corn Husking

Courtesy of the Iowa Farm Bureau Spokesman

An old Iowa tradition of competitive hand corn husking is being revived in the Amana Colonies this fall. The “Iowa Hand Cornhusking Competition” is being held at the Amana Colonies RV Park and Event Center, October 13, 2012.

Henry Wallace invented the sport when he held the first contest on Dec. 8, 1922. This competition is for the whole family, classes are:

  • Youth Boys 14 and Under
  • Youth Girls 14 and Under
  • Youth Boys 15-20
  • Youth Girls 15-20
  • Young Men’s 21-49
  • Young Women’s 21-49
  • Men’s Senior 50-74
  • Women’s Senior 50-74
  • Men’s Golden Agers 75 and up
  • Women’s golden Agers 75 and up

Special features are an evening banquet, food available on grounds, hand corn shelling demos, kids’ corn play box, Minneapolis-Moline display, and plowing demonstrations on Sunday. This event is free and open to the public. Registration deadline for the competition is October 1st.

For more information go to  or call Dave VandenBoom at (641) 919-2042.


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Sarah S. Uthoff is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales striving to bring the History, Mystery, Magic and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, and find her on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, and Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

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