The 18th annual Corn Carnival Collector's Fair was a huge success with 22 collections.
The theme was "Remembering Our Heritage". Several collections depicted the theme. Mark & Linda Goos shared their Goos Implement memorabilia dating back to the time when Irwin (PeeWee) Goos purchased a blacksmith shop in 1958 from Wm. Dahms. They also shared their Gladbrook advertising items. Cornell & Cathy Gethmann made a display of clippings and pictures from the history of Gethmann Construction Inc. dating back when J.W. (Ollie) Gethmann started a masonry business after World War I. Memories of DeWitt TV & Appliance was relived with the memorabilia Keith DeWitt shared. Lucy also shared very unique and beautiful craft work done at Lucy's Tole. . Sandy Mohr, with the help of Hallie, shared an array of Gladbrook advertising and heritage items. She had a huge Gladbrook plat map, Gladbrook Panther items, old cookbooks, etc. She had three tables full and said this only made a dent in her collection.
The Gladbrook Women's Club members had fun showing items from their past activities like canning food for the school, fishing pond in the Merchant's Tent, and the flower and garden show at carnival to name a few. Jeanne Paustian shared Peace Church memorabilia dating back to the original white wooden church built in 1887.
Cornell and Cathy Gethmann put together a nostalgic display of pictures depicting Gethmann Construction, Inc. throughout the years. This was a real topic of conversation considering the sad fact that a heritage business - Iowa Builders - was closed this past week.
Trudi Scott's corn collection really represents Corn Carnival. You can't image how much stuff is made to look like an ear of corn. Trudi said her two tables were no were near all the corn items she enjoys in her home.
Several kids enjoyed showing their collections. Cooper Langenbau brought his very unique toy semi-truck collection which included an Elvis semi. Garret Jordebrak being a typical boy shared his Lego figurine collection. Stella Betts loves her babies. She couldn't wait to set up her American Girl dolls, babies and accessories on the stage. Her dolls could play in a stable, swing on a bar, go camping and much more. Aiden White shared his ever growing collection of Disney cars. You can tell he loves the "Car" movies.
Their wouldn't be a collectors fair without the regulars. Joyce Bern shared her very colorful and unique pigskin plates. By looking at the plates you would never guess they are made with pigskin. She purchased most of the plates in the southwest part of the United States. Another regular is Karmen Betts. This year she brought her corn husking hooks and pegs. You can always count on Elearnor Lott to share a collection. This time she brought old shoes, shoe hooks, men's collars, cuffs, and buttons. The women's old black shoes were just beautiful. I wonder how comfortable they really were.
Joyce Swangel shared her thimbles of all shape and sizes and other knickknacks. Each one bringing back memories of places visited and special gifts from family and friends. Esther Jindrich shared her Hallmark figurines and pewter plates. Those little plates are very eloquent and many had a Christmas theme. Ethel Lucht loves to quilts. She shared some of her handcrafted and colorful quilts and even one made by her Grandma Abel Stamp who died in 1939. Ethel is a very quite talented lady. After several years of trying to get the "penguin" collection it finally happened. Lee and Louise Ulch shared their huge penguin collection. They come in all shape and sizes and each one has its own personality. Pauline Flamme, who loves to bake, enjoyed displaying her apron and cookbook collection.
Phil Koester travels to Branson almost every year. He loves purchasing framed brass and aluminum handmade engraved pictures. From cottages, to animals, to carousel horses they are all very unique and beautiful.
We want to thank all the participants for sharing their precious collections. We know it is a lot of work but we also know the viewers love it and it adds a great deal to the Corn Carnival activities.
Our kids' drawing winner for theater bucks was Ethan Russell and adult cookbook winner was Marilyn Brekke. !!! We also want to thank everyone who came in to enjoy the collections.
The Collector Fair Committee was Karen Handorf, Pauline Flamme, and Jeanne Paustian.
Please consider sharing your collection in the 2015 Collector's Fair to be held on June 25th. Remember there is no collection too large or too small.