Nebraska State Hand Cornhusking Contest and Fall Festival planned Oct. 2 |

Nebraska State Hand Cornhusking Contest and Fall Festival planned Oct. 2

Central City, Neb., will host the 2011 State Hand Cornhusking Contest and Fall Festival on Sunday, Oct. 2, 2011, at the Merrick County Fairgrounds.

Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. with the competition starting at 9 a.m. Pre-registration is $20 or $25 on the day of the event. Each contestant will receive free admission, a meal voucher and a commemorative cap.

Contestants may choose from 14 different divisions in which to compete, including those for youth, men, women, senior citizens, 4-H and FFA. Awards will be presented in each category to first, second and third place winners.

Central City Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, Kendra Jefferson, says the city is looking forward to hosting the cornhusking event again this year. “We had a great turnout our first year, with over 90 contestants from across Nebraska, as well as Iowa, Texas and Missouri,” she states.

The State Hand Cornhusking Contest dates back to the 1930s; however, this is only the second year that Central City will host the event. “We had over 1,000 spectators attend the contest and fall festival [last year,]” reports Jefferson, and they are planning for an estimated 1,200 attendees this year.

Numerous activities will be offered during the day in conjunction with the competition. A pancake breakfast will be served from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m., followed by a cowboy church service at 8 a.m. and horse and wagon parade at 8:30 a.m.

The celebrity pick begins at 1 p.m. During this time local celebrities, such as news and radio personalities or people running for political offices, are invited to “try their hand at the sport,” says Jefferson.

The fall festival provides many family-friendly activities for spectators. A flea market, exotic animal petting zoo, classic car show and antique tractor display are just a few of the many attractions that will be on hand all day long at the fairgrounds.

Admission to the festival and cornhusking contest is $5; children four and under are free. For more information, contact the Central City Chamber of Commerce at (308) 946-3897 or visit their website

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