CORN ON THE COB AND WATERMELON, TWO FOODS THAT SURELY SAY ITS SUMMERTIME IN MINNESOTA, ARE CELEBRATED EACH YEAR AT FUN-FILLED FESTIVALS IN TWO AREA TOWNS. NOW IN ITS 49TH YEAR, THE PLAINVIEW LIONS CLUB WILL AGAIN HOST CORN ON THE COB DAYS, AUGUST 15-19. THE FIVE-DAY EVENT, WHICH ORIGINALLY BEGAN AS A WAY FOR THE PLAINVIEW COMMUNITY TO GATHER TOGETHER AND CELEBRATE THE BEGINNING OF THE SWEET CORN HARVEST, IS FILLED WITH ACTIVITIES, MUSIC AND GRAND PARADE AND A GIVEAWAY OF SWEET CORN THAT JUST MAY BE THE LARGEST CORN FEED EVER.
CORN ON THE COB DAYS SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
The event kicks off Wednesday night with performances by gospel groups. The groups will perform in a tent set up in the parking lot at the Plainview American Legion. Thursday night, weather permitting, the film “Cars 3” will be shown beginning at 7:30 p.m. at Immanuel Lutheran School playground. On Friday, from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., there will be an antique tractor display at Park Side Elder Care, and in the evening, the firemen’s dance, featuring JT and the Gunslingers, begins at 8 p.m. outside Plainview Liquor Store.
There is lots of family fun scheduled for Saturday, including a fun run, beanbag tournament, kid’s games—such as a three-legged race, ice cream eating contest and corn cob toss—as well as a kid’s pedal pull, talent show and a kid’s water fight. From 8 p.m. to midnight, the band IV Play, from Mankato, will perform classic rock favorites at Kim’s Saloon & Grill.
Beginning at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, there is free sweet corn available at the north side of Wedgewood Park. Plainview Lions Club member Marty Hassig says nearly seven tons of sweet corn, which was all donated by Lakeside Foods, was given away last year. The Plainview Lions help serve the corn. At 1:30 p.m., the grand parade winds through the town of Plainview, and new this year, a Sportsman’s Raffle will follow the parade. Money raised at Corn on the Cob Days supports the work of the Lions Club in the community. “All the money raised goes back into the community, one way or another,” Hassig says. The club helps area children pay for needed glasses, contributes to scholarships and presents dictionaries to every third-grader in Plainview. See plainvieweda.org/corn-on-the-cob-days for more details.
KELLOGG WATERMELON FESTIVAL
The 72nd annual Kellogg Watermelon Festival is scheduled September 7-9. Hosted by the Kellogg Lions Club, the festival features live bands, a grand parade, soap box derby, bean bag tournament and more. The event kicks off Friday evening at 5 p.m. with the Kellogg Lions Club barbecue chicken feed at Yahooligans Bar & Grill. From 8 p.m. to midnight a DJ provided by West Central Entertainment will keep the fun going.
On Saturday, the Melon Market, an outdoor flea market with approximately 30 vendors, returns for a second year. Registration for the ninth annual Cancer Sucks bean bag tournament begins at 9:30 a.m. Saturday. All proceeds from the tournament benefit a local cancer survivor. Also Saturday, Midwest entertainer David Malmberg performs his mix of comedy, storytelling, music, and ventriloquism at 1 and 4 p.m. on Kellogg’s Main Street. At 3 and 6 p.m., also on Main Street, Josh Peters with the Dangerous Fun Show will perform sideshow stunts, such as fire eating, the bed of nails, hypnosis, and a challenging straight jacket and chain escape. Saturday night’s entertainment features Diesel Drive, a local band from St. Charles that plays a mix of country, rock and Southern rock music. They will perform beginning at 9 p.m. at the Dugout.
The Grand Parade, one of the largest in the area, begins at 2 p.m. Sunday. The parade features 150 parade entrants will wind through the streets of Kellogg, and a kid’s tractor pull follows. For a complete schedule of events, visit kelloggwatermelonfest.com.
Holly Galbus is a Rochester freelance writer.