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Sep 04

For the Love of Corn

Turn back the hands of time for a moment to May 24, 2007 and imagine the anticipation we were experiencing as we waited to hear where Kevin would be assigned to serve as pastor upon his Seminary graduation.  The WELS President, Karl Gurgel, called his name, and here’s what we heard …

Click to hear Kevin’s assignment

What do you think the first thing he and I said to each other was once we heard the news that we were going to Sleepy Eye?  Our heads turned, our eyes met, and in unison we said…

“Buttered corn!”

That’s because our only visit to Sleepy Eye prior to being assigned here had been in 2002, while Kevin was a student at Martin Luther College when we attended the annual Buttered Corn Days festival and enjoyed all the free hot buttered corn we could eat.

Now Buttered Corn Days is an annual event in our lives which we look forward to each year.  This year was the 50th year that Sleepy Eye has hosted the festival, and it was also the first year I had Mississippi visitors in town to enjoy it with me.  Here’s a look at the fun!

It all starts with the miles and miles and miles of sweet corn that we live in the middle of.

Del Monte, which has a corn packaging plant in Sleepy Eye, along with many other sponsors provides the corn for free each year.  These Mississippi girls can hardly believe their good fortune!

St. John’s has a pie stand at the festival each year. Stan and Luke were among the youth group volunteers who helped sell slices of pie.

Our church ladies made almost 70 homemade pies for the stand – blueberry, peach, apple, cherry, rubarb, pumpkin …

The hot cooked corn is delivered to the park every few minutes.

There’s even an annual corn eating contest.  This year it was beauties vs. beasts.

There are crafts for sale, pony rides, and, if you ask nicely, you can even get your picture made with Sleepy Eye royalty.

The next morning, the Sleepy Eye Historical Society hosts a waffle breakfast at the hockey rink.

Happy customers!

Benjamin tested and approved!

The grand finale of the festival is a huge parade on Saturday evening.  St. John’s had a “Robot Connection” entry.

The parade goers set their chairs out early and line the almost 2-mile route.

Who better to start the parade than corn children!

So many fun entries to enjoy …

including the St. John’s robots!!

All this for the love of corn!

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