Just where has summer gone? Can it really be Corn Days this weekend? Maybe by the time you’ve had a chance to read this column, Corn Days will have already come and gone.


Just where has summer gone? Can it really be Corn Days this weekend? Maybe by the time you’ve had a chance to read this column, Corn Days will have already come and gone.

This year promises to be as great as every year in the past 49 years. I have put in my request to God for a spectacular day with beautiful temps and wonderful sunshine.

There will be something in Allison Park for everyone of all ages.

Friday begins early in the morning with the crew behind the scenes setting up the park and shelters for you to later enjoy delicious Del Monte sweet corn dipped in delicious AMPI butter. Don’t forget, burgers will be grilled by your Chamber of Commerce members, and will fill the park with an aroma no one can resist.

There will also be: a beer garden, 1919 root beer floats, a pie stand, food vendors, the inflat-a-fun, kids’ games, the Zooman, and crafters and flea marketer and more!

Music will be provide by: Sleepy Eye Concertina Club from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; Ken Schons from 1:30 to 3 p.m.; Dain’s Dutchmen from 3 to 4:30 p.m. and The Black Diamonds with Deb, Donna and Leon from 5 to 7 p.m. How about that for entertainment!

The corn eating contest will be the beauties against the beasts. Sleepy Eye’s very own ladies from Friendz Salon go up against last year’s champions Sleepy Eye Off Sale. A contest of who can eat the most corn from the cob and keep it all together!  A must see!
At 7 p.m the Corn Days raffle will take place drawing winners for some  awesome packages ranging in value from $220 to $340. All proceeds benefit the Chamber of Commerce members.

There will also be a men’s softball tournament taking place at Prairieview Park beginning Friday evening and going through Sunday.
If you love belgian waffles, you won’t want to miss the Sleepy Eye Historical Society’s Dad’s Belgian Waffle Feed taking place at the Sleepy Eye Arena on Saturday from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Are you an early bird? Saturday morning there will be 5k, 10k and 20k runs; a 5k walk and a 15.5k Tour de Corn bike race taking place from Allison Park.

Sleepy Eye citywide garage sales will  begin Thursday and run throughout the weekend. Check out the map on page 13A of today’s paper.
Ending the weekend is the Grand Parade beginning at 6 p.m. This year’s Grand Marshall is Sleepy Eye’s Business of the Year 2011, Sleepy Eye Repair.

Corn Days is a weekend of community, fellowship and friendship. Join us and you will see for yourself, the pride  in the history and tradition.