Lime Springs making plans for 150th
Wed, 08/01/2018 - 1:15pm admin
Lime Springs - As if Sweet Corn Days isn’t a big enough deal, involving a lot of work each year, members of the Lime Springs Community Club decided to combine it with the town’s 150th celebration!
The big festival is taking place Aug. 9-12, 2018, which adds one day to the normal three-day celebration.
And all events are free to spectators. The only thing to cost money is some competitions and food (and even some of the food is free!).
The best part about Sweet Corn Days and the town’s sesquicentennial is most of the activities take place within a three-block radius of Main St.
Why mess with perfection?
The annual Sweet Corn Days event always brings a big crowd to town, and there will still be those individual happenings, but oh so much more!
All weekend: At various times, a historical display with advertising memorabilia and other iconic Lime Springs pieces will be open in the old Rendezvous/Coffee Cup Cafe (depending on your age). New history books will be for sale as well.
Also taking place will be a Rendezvous (with vintage tents, items for sale and dress) on the west end of Main St.
Lidtke Mill: Starting Friday night will be a cannon-firing, with Saturday having a full slate of events, including food stands, artisans, cannon firing, special music, tours and more.
Thursday, Aug. 9: To acknowledge the town’s sesquicentennial, CUSB Bank-Lime Springs is having an appreciation dinner from 5-7 p.m.
At 6:30 p.m., Mayor Kevin Bill will give a short speech for the opening ceremony. Then Little Miss Sweet Corn and King of Corn will be announced.
From 7-9 p.m. will be the kickoff to the “entertaining” weekend with Brad Boice of Chatfield, Minn. bringing his many aliases, including Elvis, Dean Martin, Barry Manilow and Johnny Cash, to name a few! After the show will be fireworks at the Lidtke Mill/Park area. (Friday and Saturday are rain dates.)
Friday, Aug. 10: A special addition to the weekend is a question period for members of Howard-Winneshiek Genealogical Society. Members will be at the Library from 2-4 p.m.
Saturday’s 5-K fun run/walk has been switched to a glow run that starts at 7:30 p.m.
Other than that, everything is pretty much a normal Friday night with a chicken BBQ, ball games and cake walk.
Not completely the same, though as the first band, Chuck Lahr & The Purdy River Band, will play at the five-way intersection, just like 100 years ago, when the band stand was located there every day.
At 9 p.m. is the Hepperly Band, playing on the west end of Main Street.
Saturday, Aug. 11: This will be a busy day, so visitors should get a hearty waffle breakfast. The rest of the day will have the same old, same old . . . fun! Tractor pull, tractor show, ball games, fun show, face painting, balloon guy, bike ride, pedal pull and food!
Want to learn a little history about Lime Springs and try something new? Check out the Cemetery Walk at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Guests can meet some Lime Springs’ forefathers who helped shape the town into the great place it is today.
They include Alonzo Knowlton, Anna May Davis, Carl Cassidy, Harry and Dorothy Kitchen, Herman Lidtke, Jane Buresh, Malissa Paulson, Percy Haven, Private Don Bowers, Stella Van Dyke and W.C. Brown.
Shuttle rides are available to visit Pleasant Hill and Lidtke Mill from 9:30-5:30 p.m.
Niewoehner’s egg rolls will be around again this year on Main St. from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
In addition, there will be extra kid events on East Main with bouncy houses and an RC (remote control) car demo derby, with both taking place from 1-6 p.m.
Don’t forget to help husk some sweet corn for the next day’s giveaway at 3:30 behind the library.
Live music and free street dance will be held on Saturday as well. From 6:30-8:30 p.m., Cabin Fever will be playing at the five-way intersection and Ritchie Lee and the Fabulous 50s (with Danni Bilidt) will be entertaining the crowds on the other end of Main Street from 9 p.m. - 1 a.m.
Sunday, Aug. 12: Sunday is another busy day, but not as long as Saturday. Another good breakfast featuring omelets will set it off right.
Basically, Sunday is tried and true with just the normal activities, not much extra. Events include ecumenical church, flea market, free sweet corn and watermelon, car show, music and food at Brown Park. The big event on Sunday will be the Sesquicentennial parade, which starts at 1 p.m. on Miller St.
It might take some folks a few days to rest up, but that’s okay. It’ll be worth it!