Well folks, we had close to 10 inches of rain and we still managed to get the 92nd Corn Carnival in and done with no cancellations of any events. With Terri Luehring’s guidance we had to move some events around but it all worked out. The first main event was the kiddies parade. It rained in the morning but quit mid afternoon and the Young Women of Gladbrook got everything going on time. Thanks to these women and all of the parents who got their kids ready for the parade on short notice. Also we had a big turn out of kids for the Little Miss and Mr. Corn Carnival contest. It is nice to see all these young kids dress up for this event. Congratulations to Jay Bru and Anna Mussig for being selected Little Mr. and Miss Corn Carnival and to Deb Osborn for being selected Corn Cob Queen. They will represent our town well. Also on Thursday was the Collectors Fair with a lot of nice collections. Those who showed their hobbies and collections show that collecting things doesn’t have to be expensive but something that you enjoy. Moving into Friday, the day of the Grand Parade, it was raining in the morning and was still raining at 3:00. We were getting a lot of calls as to whether the parade was on. It looked like it was going to quit raining and we told everyone the parade was a go. Entries from all around the area started coming in. With the help of a great parade committee and a lot of fast and hectic hard work, the parade was all organized and ready to go by our 6:30 start time. With our American Legion leading followed by all our EMT units and fire trucks from all the surrounding towns, Mark Goos started the parade. Right behind those units were our Grand Marshals, Bill and Doris Tessau riding in Steve Fevold’s horse drawn carriage. It was great for the Corn Carnival and Gladbrook to be able to thank Bill and Doris in this way for all they have done for all of us. Congratulations to both of you! The parade was just 5 minutes shorter than in the past and I thought the crowd was about as large as in the past. Those who helped me with the Grand Parade are Ben Goos, Mark Goos, Jack Sass, David McGowan and Justin Miller. These guys were in the rain most of the afternoon lining up entries and are responsible for getting all the entries out in a safe and timely order. Even with the rain all day, we had more floats and horses than ever before. The 20 horse Spanish riding unit from Des Moines was great and Denny Dostal with his hitch and mounted riders were much appreciated by the crowd. Thanks to all who helped in making floats and bringing the entries to the parade. It made my job easier. Thank you all! Saturday morning started off with a tractor ride and breakfast in the park. Guess what, it was raining when we started. Teri Luehring and Mike Bearden decided to move the breakfast to the shuffleboard court (better know as the beer garden) and to serve from there. Everyone found us and we had a good turnout. The rain stopped and all the kids events and car cruise went off without a hitch. By 4:00 there were storm warnings out for our area so Dennis Barnes, cruise chairman started the cruise early which turned out to be a good idea. We had a downpour about 6:00. That didn’t affect our community entertainment. We had a full house at the theatre and the entertainment was great as always. This show was put together in the last 3 weeks before Corn Carnival. With the help of Sue Koster and the community chorus, the Sisters of the Order of the DRM directed by Linda Schneider, the puppet show with Emily Peppi, Kendra & Kayla Vavroch and Rev. Carol Kress a great show was seen by all in attendance. Thanks to all who made this a great night. Sunday we wrapped everything up with the community church service and a delicious ham dinner by the food stand. Talking about the Legion, Legion Auxiliary and Peace Church food stand and with all the rain we had every day, Jeanne Paustian and her crew served sandwiches and pie all the time every day. Some of us might have gotten wet but it was good food. Thanks to this group for working in very hard conditions and getting the job done. We had another great celebration and I’m sure I’m forgetting something or someone but thanks to all for your help in making Gladbrook a great place to live and come home to. Although we had a great celebration, we need to remember our neighboring towns of Beaman, Conrad, Lincoln, Traer, Morrison and Reinbeck as all had severe weather. Our prayers are with all of you. Keith Sash, Mayor
Corn Carnival Quilt winner, Darbie Lynch, is pictured holding the quilt made by Katie Grimmius, standing next to Darbie. Aslo pictured are Deb Osborn, 2014 Corn Cob Queen, and Mayor Keith Sash. The quilt was presented at intermission of the Gladbrook Has Talent show on Saturday evening, June 28. Mayor Sash was emcee for the evening.