Corn Carnival parade draws thousands

GLADBROOK – Thousands of people travel from all over the state to watch the Gladbrook Corn Carnival parade.

Theresa Theis didn’t have to leave her own property Friday. Theis watched from the deck at her house on Fourth Street across from the city park.

“We built the deck so we could watch the parade from this wonderful vantage point,” Theis said. “It’s a really good parade.”

The ideal weather also brought people out for the night parade during day two of the 91st annual festival.

Gene Seda was honored as grand marshal for the parade. The farmer spent more than 40 years with the Gladbrook-Lincoln ambulance service.

“This is kind of overwhelming,” Seda said while riding in the back of a convertible waving to parade visitors. “I didn’t know this many people cared.”

Another parade celebrity was Sheresa Lynch, who was the Corn Cob Queen this year.

“I’m very proud of the tradition that the Corn Carnival has and I’m glad to be a part of it,” she said.

As usual, there were plenty of Gladbrook and G-R class reunions being held on the parade route.

The Corn Carnival continues with a day full of activities Saturday leading up to the 10 p.m. fireworks show. There will also be kids activities beginning at 10 a.m. in the city park and the Gladbrook’s Got Talent show at 7:30 p.m. in the theater Saturday.