Buttered Corn Days . . . you say you know all about it? Yes, there is free sweet corn and a parade, but there is a whole lot more going on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 17 and 18.

Buttered Corn Days . . . you say you know all about it? Yes, there is free sweet corn and a parade, but there is a whole lot more going on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 17 and 18. Sleepy Eye is the place to be. If you’ve made other plans—cancel them—you’ll never forgive yourself for missing all the hometown fun!

More about the corn and the parade in next week’s paper.

There will be a bunch of extras for Corn Days this year, some brand new, some just kind of new and one old favorite—Dad’s Belgian Waffle Feed, sponsored by the Sleepy Eye Area Historical Society and Depot Museum Saturday, Aug. 18, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Sleepy Eye Public School cafeteria. You’ll certainly be hungry again by then, they stop serving free corn at 7 p.m. on Friday!

Speaking of Friday, there are two great music events after the festivities at the park end. The Servicemen’s Club is having a street dance, from 7 to 10 p.m., featuring Heide & the Good Old Boys for some good old-fashioned Sleepy Eye fun. (Here’s a tip: buy a Corn Days mug at the beer stand during the day, bring it to the street dance and you’ll get a discount on your beers!)

For those who can stay up late, there’s even more Friday night musical entertainment. The City Limits will have DJ ‘Over the Edge’ from 9 p.m. until closing.

Back for a second year is Sleepy Eye’s Backyard BBQ Rib Cook-Off, Saturday afternoon at Allison Park. Public tasting starts at 1 p.m. and ends when the ribs are all gone. That happened quickly last year, so they are cooking up a lot more this year. (But don’t take a chance—come early.) Joining the fun this year is the 'Pour Me Band' out of Mankato, to add some tunes to the tasting. Ten dollars gets you six rib tickets plus a plate with sides. Grainbelt and 1919 Root Beer tickets will also be sold. Proceeds from the day will go towards enhancing Sleepy Eye Lake activities and recreation—bringing in rental kayaks and paddle boards is the plan. The event is organized and sponsored by the Brown County Pork Producers and several local businesses.

Also happening in Allison Park during the BBQ Rib Cook-Off is a Classic Car Roll In, hosted by Revitalize Downtown Sleepy Eye. There is no registration fee this year, just ‘roll in’ with your favorite car and show it off. There will be goody bags for each car and door prizes.

Wait, that’s not all! There will be something for everyone on Saturday afternoon. Downtown, on Oak Street in front of the Depot Museum, will be a vintage tractor show, organized by Krenz Real Estate and Auctioneering, featuring antique to mid-70s tractors that will be judged by brand. Kathy Krenz has been busy making plans for a street full of fun. She said there will be vendors, including food items, bounce houses, an obstacle course, kid’s activities and a silent auction. The museum is open on Saturdays and will have book signing by local authors France Gamble, David Gehrke and Renee Wendinger. At 1 p.m., Wendinger will have a presentation on her book, “The Orphan Train.”

Krenz said proceeds from the afternoon’s activites will go to the Sleepy Eye Area Historical Society and SEMC’s Toddler Group.

After all this fun, sitting on the curb to watch the parade Saturday evening will be the icing on the cake.