HOLDREGE – The Nebraska Prairie Museum is preparing for the 2021 Nebraska State Hand Cornhusking and Fall Festival on Saturday in Holdrege.
This is the second year that the museum has hosted this statewide event. The festival is free and open to the public.
Participants and spectators are invited to see the story in action as the two-horse teams pull the bangboard maize wagons through the rows of maize while competitors shell the maize by hand.
In conjunction with the hand corn husking event, the museum will host the fall festival featuring food vendors and living history exhibits. Demonstrators invited to participate include woodcarvers, rope makers, weavers, quilters, two-man saw, a variety of live farm animals, and other activities.
Anyone wishing to participate in the hand corn husking competition is welcome to give it a try. All ages are welcome. There is a nominal fee to participate in the State Hand Cornhusking competition. Registration forms and calendar of events are available online at the Holdrege Chamber of Commerce website, www.holdregechamber.com/2020-handcornhusking-competition.
There will be bleachers for participants to watch the competition on the field.
The museum needs several young farmer volunteers to help with the corn husking competition. Volunteers will walk through the cornfields in one of 12 horse-drawn carts, where one volunteer will time the husking of the corn, while another volunteer gleans the stalks behind the participants.