Elkader Sweet Corn Days

Event Schedule

Elkader Sweet Corn Days 2022 | July 28 – 31

The 2022 event schedule is to be determined. 

Elkader Sweet Corn Days 2021 | July 22 – 25  THIS EVENT HAS PASSED. 

2021 Printable Schedule 2021 Printable Map

No ATM available on festival grounds

Thursday | July 22, 2021

Friends of the Library Book Sale 9:30am – 6pm | Elkader Public Library 

Judging of Sweet Corn Days Royalty 5pm | St. Joseph’s Parish Hall | Royalty Details | Registration Form

FREE Ice Cream Social 5pm – 7pm | Keystone Park | Free will donation | Hosted by Main Street Elkader

Friday | July 23, 2021

Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament 8am | Elkader Golf Course | Shotgun start at 8am & 1:30pm | Three person best shot | $90 per team | 8″ cups | Call the club house at 563-245-2230 to get signed up

Friends of the Library Book Sale 9:30am – 5pm | Elkader Public Library 

Farmers Market 5pm – 8pm | Founders’ Park

Crowning of Sweet Corn Days Royalty & Grand Marshal Announcement 5:30pm | Founders Park 

Food Vendors 6pm – 12am | Founders’ Park | Multiple local and specialty vendors

Beer Tent 6pm – 12am | Founders’ Park | Beer Menu 2021

Carnival 6pm – 9pm | Founders’ Park | $10 Weekend wristband for unlimited rides & games OR individual $1 tickets includes Rock Wall, Twirling Teacups, Bounce Houses, Monster Truck Obstacle Course, Train Obstacle Course, Dodgeball Arena, Jousting, Train Rides | Dunk Tank is $1 for 3 balls | Henna by Jenna for a fee | FREE Corn Sandbox 

FREE Live Music by Aaron Smith 5:45pm – 7:45pm | Founders’ Park | This Sumner, Iowa native is a country singer and songwriter. Come out and enjoy his original music and famous country covers. 

FREE Live Music by Lonesome Road 8pm – 12am | Founders’ Park | Their 2021 tour is booked solid and we are beyond excited to have made the list. Get ready for some high energy country music. 

Fireworks at dusk | Founders’ Park

Saturday | July 24, 2021

Shed Your Threads 5K/10K Walk/Run & Kids Fun Run 7:20am | Elkader City Pool parking lot | Registration 6:30 to 7:15 | 7:20 start of  1/4 mile fun run for ages 5 and under | 7:30 start for 5k/10k walk/run | Before July 17th $20 with t-shirt or $10 without t-shirt | After July 17th $25 with t-shirt or $15 without t-shirt | 10&under are free with no t-shirt | Categories: 10&under, 11-14, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+ | Registration Form

Softball Tournament 8am | Elkader City Park | Double elimination | $150 entry fee per team | Cash payback with 50% of profits going to support the Central Elkader Wrestling | 8am start on Saturday | 9am start on Sunday for finals | For more information & to register contact Joe at 563-880-5405

FREE Bend & Booze 9am | Founders’ Park | Registration at 8:30am | One hour of beginner’s yoga followed by your pick of a Mimosa, Screwdriver, or Bloody Mary | All ages welcome for yoga |  Please bring your own yoga mat | Must be 21 or older to consume alcohol | Yoga guided by Natalia Blaskovich

FREE Donut Hole Eating Contest at Pedretti’s Bakery 9:30am | Pedretti’s Bakery | Pre-register at Pedretti’s Bakery or call 563-245-1280 prior to July 23rd at 6pm | 2 minutes to eat as many donut holes as possible | children and adults welcome  | Hosted and ran 100% by Pedretti’s Bakery

Friends of the Library Book Sale 9:30am – 12pm | Elkader Public Library 

Food Vendors 10am – 1am | Founders’ Park | Multiple local and specialty vendors

Beer Tent 10am – 1am | Founders’ Park | Beer Menu 2021

Quilts of Valor 11am | Elkader City Park shelter house next to the pool | Presented by The Veterans Stitchers

FREE Kiddie Tractor Pull 11am | Founders’ Park | Registration at 10:30 | Ages 4 – 11 | Sanctioned by the Iowa State Pedal Pull Association

Bean Bag Tournament 11am | S Main St next to Founders’ Park | Registration at 10:30| Double elimination | $20 registration fee per team | Cash payback | Held at Founders Park | Event will be ran by Mcgregor Fun Bags | Cold beer will be available at the beer tent

Carnival 11am – 6pm | Founders’ Park | $10 Weekend wristband for unlimited rides & games OR individual $1 tickets includes Rock Wall, Twirling Teacups, Bounce Houses, Monster Truck Obstacle Course, Train Obstacle Course, Dodgeball Arena, Jousting, Train Rides  | Dunk Tank is $1 for 3 balls | Henna by Jenna for a fee | FREE Corn Sandbox | FREE Face Painting | FREE  Balloons By Mike | Closed during parade

Sweet Corn Days Parade 2pm | Main St | 1:30pm Line up at the intersection of Davis St & N 1st St where volunteer firefighters will direct you | Registration not required | Regulations for Parade Entries

Brush Creek Canyon Cruisers FREE CAR, TRUCK, & JEEP Show & Shine 3pm – 6pm | S Main St | Registration at 2 pm in FreedomBank parking lot off of South Main Street | Trophy winners announced around 5:30 pm in Founders’ Park Pavilion | Event co-hosted by Brush Creek Canyon Cruisers and Elkader Sweet Corn Days | Driving Map to Show & Shine

  • 1st Place and Runner-up trophies for the following classes: (Ballot judging by participants): Street Rod, Muscle Car, Pony Car, Corvette, Jeep, 1997 to present, Stock ‘73 to ‘96, Stock ‘72 and older, Modified ‘73 to ‘96, Modified ‘72 and older
  • 1st Place trophies for the following classes: (Popular choice judging open to the spectators): Best of Show, Best Ford, Best Mopar, Best GM, Best Work in Progress, Best Paint, Best Farm Truck

FREE Live Music by The Rush Cleveland Trio 3pm – 7pm | Founders’ Park | This trio will give you a rush of blues, classic country and rockabilly with almost hypnotizing electronic guitar solos.

FREE Sweet Corn 4pm | Founders’ Park | Sponsored by the Elkader Fire Department | Did you know that all of the FREE sweet corn during Sweet Corn Days is purchased, husked, cleaned, cooked, buttered, and served by the Elkader Fire Department? Check out this short video that Iowa Public Television created Click here. | Help fill the boot by donating | Also serving chicken halves for a fee

Moonlight Swim 8pm – 11pm | Elkader City Pool | $4 Entry Fee | All ages welcome

CORNSTOCK 2021 | Saturday | July 24 | 8pm – 1am

Cornstock 2021 gates open at 8pm | Must be 19 or older |  $5 entry fee from 8pm to 9pm | $10 entry fee after 9pm | Beer Menu 2021
Live Music by Boot Jack Band  9pm – 1am | Founders’ Park | Kick up your boots and have a good time! This country rock band hailing from Cedar Rapids thrives on good vibes. They work hard to keep the crowd energized and will keep you tapping your boots and singing along to their covers of Luke Combs, George Strait, Jon Pardi, Shania Twain, Journey, Joe Diffie, Dierks Bentley, Little Big Town, Eric Church, Luke Bryan, Jodi Messina, Johnny Cash, and Rascal Flatts. 

Sunday | July 25, 2021

Whistlin’ Bit Saddle Club Fun Show 10:30 | Elkader Horse Arena | Youth & junior games, no entry fee | Adult games, $2 per class entry fee | Must be a Saddle Club Member to participate in show ($15) | All welcome to watch | Lots of pretty horses & an action-packed day | For more information call Caryn Midland at 641-691-8668

If you have an event you wish to add to the event schedule, please submitted to us at elkaderscd@gmail.com PRIOR TO June 1st each year.