By HELEN HANNAN
---- — BLAKESBURG — New and exciting exhibits and activities are planned as Blakesburg celebrates the 109th Corn Carnival with Next Generation Shows Midway on Main Street and free entertainment in the park each evening Thursday through Saturday.
Educational activities, a quilt show and a vendor fair will be held in the elementary school, located on the Monroe/Wapello County Line Road on the south edge of Blakesburg Thursday evening and all day Friday and Saturday. There is something for everyone among the more than 20 vendors featuring storage products, jewelry, scarves, personal care products, totes, bags, home décor and more from 3-9 p.m. Thursday and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Quilt show entries will be accepted from 1-9 p.m. Thursday. All entries are welcome, including other needle craft such as counted cross stitch, crocheting, embroidery, tatting, etc. There is no entry fee and no judging. A Make it and Take it table is planned for anyone interested in learning a new craft.
Educational and especially interesting exhibits planned from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday are Our Nation’s 27 Official Flags, sponsored by Blakesburg Historical Preservation Society, and Bonsai, an ancient Japanese art form.
Learn about our country’s many different flags from Chuck Bates, who will present an exhibit of Our Nation’s 27 Official Flags, beginning with the original 13-star flag through the current 50-star official flag. This collection was put together by past civil defense director Park Sullivan. His widow allowed it to be displayed in Ottumwa several times after her husband’s death. When she moved from her home, she donated the entire collection to the Wapello County Historical Society.
Beckham Miller brings his collection of Bonsai the unique Japanese art form of growing miniature trees in containers. Bonsai practice focuses on long-term cultivation and shaping of one or more small trees growing in a small container. Bonsai does not use genetically dwarfed trees, only stock or seed of regular-sized trees. The small trees that mimic the shape and style of mature, full-sized trees are produced through cultivation techniques such as pruning, root reduction, potting, defoliation and grafting. Miller began working with seedlings in the late 1970s. He is eager to share with others the wealth of knowledge he has acquired through years of reading, attending workshops, trial and error in growing his own trees. To date, he has acquired and cared for more than 300 trees, more than 30 of which he is currently caring for.
Blakesburg Corn Carnival 2013 schedule of events Vendors and exhibits will be at the Blakesburg Elementary School, located on Monroe/Wapello County Line Highway at south edge of Blakesburg, from 3-9 p.m. Thursday and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. There will be free entertainment in the park each evening. Thursday: 4-6 p.m. Antique Evaluations in the Museum at 205 N. Main St. 4-7 p.m. Biggest pumpkin, longest gourd, tallest corn stalk entries taken at post office. Prizes awarded at 7 p.m. 5-7 p.m. Dinner in the park. Menu includes pork chops on a stick, applesauce, hot dogs on a bun, baked beans, sweet corn and drinks. Tables provided. Bring your own lawn chairs. 5 p.m. Next Generation Shows Midway 5:30 p.m. Welcome program in the park featuring Blakesburg Mayor Jason Myers and special guests 5:45-7 p.m. Chicken Bingo 7-8 p.m. Elvis impersonator Bruce Buttel Dusk. Raffle drawing Friday: 10 a.m., 8 p.m. Japanese Bonsai and Our Nation's 27 Official Flags 11 a.m. Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont High School Marching Band, one of the best in the state, at Blakesburg Elementary School. Bring your own lawn chairs. 1 p.m. Midway opens 1-6 p.m. Off Our Farm petting zoo in the park 1 p.m. to dusk Pony rides 2 p.m. Friends of the Library Coin Toss 2:45 p.m. Coins in the Corn for Kids 3-8 Barnyard Billie in Blakesburg Park 3-6:30 p.m. Antique Evaluations in the museum 3:30 Book walk, Book Sale, Bake Sale in front of the Library 4 p.m. Rubber Chicken Throwing Contest 4:30 p.m. Corn Husking Contest 5-8 p.m. Carnival wristbands. Purchase wristband at Ticket Box for $20 5-7 p.m. Art Contest winner Cassie Leffler autographs 2013 Corn Carnival T-shirts at the elementary school 6:30 p.m. Kiddie Parade, "Future Working Americans" theme 6:30 p.m. Dennis Glosser Memorial Cribbage Tournament at the elementary school 7 p.m. Free entertainment in the park with Kross Kountry 7:30 p.m. Cake walk on High Street 9:30 p.m. Raffle drawing 10 p.m. Fireworks Saturday 7-10 a.m. United Methodist Church breakfast and bake sale 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Todd Harter Memorial Car Show, rain or shine, with awards at 3 p.m. 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Vendors at elementary school 10 a.m., 8 p.m. Japanese Bonsai and Our Nation's 27 Official Flags exhibit 11 a.m. Parade. Rregistration and line-up begins at 10 a.m. Noon to 5 p.m. Antique Evaluations in the museum Noon to 1:30 p.m. Don Sandifer Antique Tractor Show, rain or shine, with awards at 1:30 p.m. Noon to dusk Pony rides Noon Midway opens 12:30 p.m Games in the park for all ages Noon to 5 p.m. Antique evaluations in the museum 2-4 p.m. Art contest winner Cassie Leffler autographs 2013 Corn Carnival T-shirts at the elementary school 2 p.m. Friends of the Library Coin Toss 2:30 Kiddie Tractor Pull 4-6 p.m. Singer/Songwriter Greg Helton on stage in the park 4 p.m. Chicken Bingo 4 p.m. Bathtub races on State Street 4:45 p.m. Announce winners of Count the Corn Kernels, Coloring and Corn Dish contests 5 p.m. Coins in the corn for kids 6 p.m. Cake Walk on High Street 7 p.m. Free entertainment in the park with Jennifer Handling and the Revolution 9:30 p.m. Raffle Drawing for $1,000, $500 and many other items