92nd Gladbrook Corn Carnival this weekend

GLADBROOK – The Gladbrook Corn Carnival is inching ever closer to its monumental 100th anniversary. The carnival will celebrate its 92nd annual festival this weekend.

Terri Luehring, chair of the festival, said the community takes great pride in the longevity of the festival as they made the theme this year “Remembering our Heritage.”

Thursday night belongs to the kids as the Little Ms. and Mr. Corn Carnival will be crowned along with the Corn Cob Queen and the kid parade will go on, beginning at 6:15 p.m.

The big grand parade returns and, as usual, will be held Friday night starting at 6:30 p.m.

“It’s a big parade and has always been a big parade,” Luehring said. “People love the floats and the class reunion floats.”

Longtime Gladbrook residents Bill and Doris Tessau will be honored as grand marshals for the parade. The couple met at a Corn Carnival and have been married 71 years.

“Bill and Doris represent our theme with that heritage piece,” Luehring said. “They have been pretty good ambassadors for the Gladbrook area.”

Saturday is chock full of events with the kids games in the park starting at 10 a.m. and other events leading up to the 7 p.m. car cruise and the 10 p.m. fireworks show.

A one-time event this year will be a reception honoring couples married for at least 60 years. It will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday at Peace Church.

Another new event will be laser tag from 2 to 11 p.m. Friday and from 1 to 9 p.m. Saturday, south of GB Tire.

“We just wanted a new event for the older kids,” Luehring said.

Luehring said overall the Corn Carnival is a great way to welcome those who are from Gladbrook and moved away and come back as well as a way for the community to bond.

“It’s just a fun time for everybody to get together,” Luehring said.