The 17th annual Corn Carnival Collector's Fair was a huge success with 23 collections.
The theme was "Simply A-Maizing". Trudi Scott's corn collection really carried out the theme of the 2013 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 where near all the corn items she enjoys in her home.
Taking the lookers back to the past was the quilts made by Terri Luehring's grandmother. She made a Precious Moment quilt will all the birthdays of her family members besides a quilt that was made in the 1930's. Kris Gilchrist-Dull, a regular at the Collectors Fair, shared her collection of day of the week dish towels. Some were made by family and friends and all were very unique.
Bob Mohr has a collection of White House Christmas Ornaments. There are 30 of them and he is pictured holding the 2005 James Garfield ornament depicting the first automobile.
Rev. Barb Muhs graciously agreed to share her nativity collection. Many of the spectators hadn't seen the very beautiful Isabel Blohm nativity set. Jeanne liked the moose nativity.
The committee was happy to see Steve Miell walk in the door with his Chicago Bear collection. Many of us our big Bear fans and his collection brought back memories of the Super Bowl championship and the days of Gale Sayers. Next to Steve was his grandson, Aidan White, he had a display of Disney cars and accessories. You could tell he loves the movie "Cars".
Many enjoyed viewing the USS Iowa memorabilia of Dick Huff. He enlisted in the Navy in 1948 and was assigned to the battleship Iowa. Dick & Marlys attended the opening of the USS Iowa museum in San Pedro, CA, in July of 2012.
Several regulars of the Collectors Fair came back with different collections. Karmen Betts' brought miniature license plates made by disabled veterans, which were a replica of the person's actual license plate. Stella Betts shared her magnets. Many loved the pictures of her with the Disney characters from her trip last winter to Disney World. Eleanor Lott shared her maps and her grandson, Garret Jordebrek, his frogs. He had one huge stuff frog. Joyce Bern decided to bring in her snowman collection. It made you think of cooler weather and the holidays.
Several kids enjoyed showing their collections and visiting with the crowd besides Garrett, Aiden, and Stella, they were Katelyn & Will Lookingbill. Will shared his large miniature vehicle collection. He has every car and truck imaginable. Katelyn had a nice display of American Girl dolls and accessories. The baby grand piano for her doll to "play" was very cute. Kaleb Hendricks brought in his duffle bag of knives. Some were quite large and he enjoyed telling us which ones he received from his dad.
Rose Russell shared her absolutely stunning Orreffor Crystal from Sweden. She also displayed many items that she picked up on her trip to Sweden. Rose has ancestors living in Sweden.
Gloria Boone and her granddaughter, Laura, shared their collections Gloria collects all kinds of bears and Laura loves horses. All ages enjoyed the bears and the many different kinds of horses.
The men weren't going to be out done by the women. Mayor Keith Sash shared his toy steam engines. He admitted that he has to learn how to run them!!! Jeff Koster lined up his toy John Deere tractors from the smallest to the largest. The kids really enjoyed viewing the tractors. Raynard Langenbau is always happy to show his lighthouse collection. Raynard was stationed in a lighthouse while serving in the Coast Guard. Many of his lighthouses can be lighted. Ron Schmidt has a huge marble collection. As he explained while his wife, Betty, looked for antiques he scoped out the marbles. He had all sizes and colors. Some were very intriguing when the lights shown through them. If you saw the White House ornaments, they belonged to Bob Mohr. He has the whole collection of ornaments that depict the Presidents during their time in the White House.
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 Justina Eggers and adult cookbook winner was Andrew Scott. Hey Trudi, Andy can cook for you!!!!!! 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 2014 Collector's Fair to be held on June 26th. Remember there is no collection too small.