Elkader Sweet Corn Days

2023 Event Schedule

THIS EVENT HAS PASSED! The next Elkader Sweet Corn Days is July 25-28 2024.

MERCH will be sold prior to the festival online and during the festival from the Drink Ticket/Merch Tent. Limited inventory.

July 27-30 2023

2023 Printable Schedule 2023 Printable Map

No ATM available on festival grounds – visit FreedomBank, Central State Bank or a gas station

Thursday | July 27, 2023

Friends of the Library Book Sale 12pm – 6pm | Central State Bank Community Room

FREE Chalk the Walk 4 – 8pm | Founders’ Park | No registration required | All ages welcome to chalk a square of sidewalk | We provide the chalk, you provide the art | Opportunity to be artistic with family, friends, or co-workers (businesses this is a chance to advertise for free if you draw on a square in the park)

Judging of Sweet Corn Days Royalty 5pm | St. Joseph’s Parish Hall | Must sign-up in advance by completing royalty form | Royalty Details | Please contact Jenna with questions at 563-379-6564

FREE Ice Cream Social 5pm – 7pm | Elkader Public Library front lawn | Free will donation | Hosted by Main Street Elkader | MSE number is (563) 245-1446

Live Music by Joseph Valenti 6pm – 9pm | TD’s Sports Bar & Grill | Hosted by TD’s

FREE Movie in the Park 9pm | Founders’ Park | The Croods | Movie trailer | Hosted by Elkader Cinema

Friday | July 28, 2023

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

Friends of the Library Book Sale 10am – 5pm | Central State Bank Community Room

Crowning of Sweet Corn Days Royalty & Grand Marshal Announcement 5:45pm | Founders’ Park | Please contact Jenna with questions at 563-379-6564

Food Vendors 6pm – 12am | Founders’ Park | Multiple local and specialty vendors | NO sweet corn on Friday. The sweet corn and chicken halves are served after the Saturday 2pm parade in Founders’ Park by the Fire Dept.

Friday evening and all day Saturday:
Sugar Box Treats – fair type food
Masonic Lodge – burgers & hot dogs
Weinie Wonderland & Smoke Shake – specialty hot dogs & Sandwiches
Johnny’s Southern Grill & Seafood
Scoop There It Is – ice cream
The Brain Freezer – shaved ice

Drink Tent 6pm – 12am | Founders’ Park | Drink Menu 2023 including non-alcoholic options (water, Gatorade, & kid size juice) | $3 per ticket or 7 for $21

Carnival 6pm – 9pm | Founders’ Park | $10 Weekend wristband for unlimited rides & games OR individual $1 tickets includes Rock Wall, Bounce Houses, Large Obstacle Course, Obstacle Courses, Ninja Castle, Jousting, Inflatable Slide, Cups of Fun, Mechanical Bull, Train Rides, & Toddler Zone | Henna by Jenna for a fee | FREE Corn Sandbox

Oliver’s Corn Toss 6pm – 8pm | Founders’ Park | Hosted by Tiffany & Weller | Come meet Tiffany & Weller’s Highland calf Oliver and join for a family friendly corn toss game. They will have give-a-ways, store coupons, and door prizes for participants. Participants take a shot at tossing an ear of corn trying to hit our furthest target, getting a prize based on what zone the ear of corn lands in. All participants will get a prize and be entered in a drawing for a grand prize.

FREE Live Music by Plum Street Jam 6pm – 7:45pm | Founders’ Park | Join us for a mix of blues, rock and originals to get your toes tapping, hands clapping and you singing along!

FREE Live Music by Wildcard Band 8pm – 12am | Founders’ Park | Playing a mix of modern and old school country, offset with just a touch of rock n roll; Wildcard has been a N.E. Iowa staple since 2004. We’ve played some of the biggest stages in Iowa and have opened for several national acts including Terri Clark, Rodney Atkins, Florida Georgia Line, Shenandoah, Confederate Railroad, and David Allen Coe.

Fireworks at dusk | Founders’ Park

Saturday | July 29, 2023

FREE Kids Fun Run 7:20am | Elkader City Pool parking lot | Kids 5 & under | No cost but MUST register | Approximately a quarter-mile course | Registration 6:30 to 7:15 2023 Registration Form

Shed Your Threads 5K/10K Walk/Run | Elkader City Pool parking lot | Registration 6:30 to 7:15 | 7:30 start | Before July 22nd $20 with t-shirt or $10 without t-shirt | After July 22nd $25 with t-shirt or $15 without t-shirt | Categories: 10 & under, 11-14, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+ | 2023 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 8:30am | Founders’ Park | Sign-in at 8:15am | One hour of beginner’s yoga and pilates 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 | Guided by Teri Ann Marting with Inhale Exhale Pilates & Yoga Studio

FREE Donut Hole Eating Contest  9:30am | Pedretti’s Bakery | Pre-register at Pedretti’s Bakery or call 563-245-1280 prior to July 28th at 6pm | 2 minutes to eat as many donut holes as possible | children and adults welcome | Hosted and ran by Pedretti’s Bakery

Friends of the Library Book Sale 9:30 – 11:30am | Central State Bank Community Room

FREE Kid Friendly Sand Bottle Art Craft 10am | Elkader Public Library front lawn | hosted by the Elkader Public Library | no registration required

Food Vendors 11am – 1am | Founders’ Park | Multiple local and specialty vendors | Saturday after the 2pm parade the Fire Dept. will be selling chicken halves and serving FREE sweet corn

Sugar Box Treats – fair type food
Masonic Lodge – burgers & hot dogs
Weinie Wonderland & Smoke Shake – specialty hot dogs & Sandwiches
Johnny’s Southern Grill & Seafood
Scoop There It Is – ice cream
The Brain Freezer – shaved ice

Drink Tent 11am – 12am | Founders’ Park | Drink Menu 2023 including non-alcoholic options (water, Gatorade, & kid size juice) | $3 per ticket or 7 for $21

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 | 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, Bounce Houses, Large Obstacle Course, Obstacle Courses, Ninja Castle, Jousting, Inflatable Slide, Cups of Fun, Mechanical Bull, Train Rides, & Toddler Zone | Henna by Jenna for a fee | FREE Corn Sandbox | FREE Face Painting after parade | FREE Balloons By Mike after the parade | 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 | No theme | Registration not required | Regulations for Parade Entries

FREE Car, Truck, & Jeep Show & Shine 3pm – 6pm | S Main St | Located on South Main Street in Elkader. You can either pull in and park after the 2pm parade or be in the parade (at the every end) by lining up at the intersection of Davis St & N 1st St at 1:30 and then park on S Main St towards at the end of the parade route- see map. Cards will be provided for you to place in dashboard with your information in the registration area. Card can be found at the table next to FreedomBank parking lot adjacent to S Main St. just south of Wilke’s. No contest or awards. | Show & Shine Map

FREE Live Music by Beau Timmerman 3pm – 7pm | Founders’ Park |  This Clayton County native thrives on good vibes. He keeps the crowd energized and will have you tapping your boots and singing along to all your favorite country songs.

Performance by the Clayton Ridge Drill Team 4pm | Founders’ Park

FREE Sweet Corn 4pm | South Main Street just north of Founders’ Park | Also serving chicken halves for $5 | 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

Moonlight Swim 8pm – 11pm | Elkader City Pool | $5 Entry Fee | open to all ages — families included | Maximum occupancy for safety reasons is 150 patrons, so please be aware of that as you plan your evening at the pool | Season/weekend passes are not accepted at this event

FREE Teen Sand Volleyball 8pm – 11pm | Elkader City Park

CORNSTOCK 2023 | Saturday | July 29 | 8pm – 1am | Founders’ Park

Cornstock is a music event for ages 19 or older at Sweet Corn Days | Gates open at 8pm | $5 entry fee from 8pm to 9pm | $10 entry fee after 9pm | Drink Menu 2023 | $3 per ticket or 7 for $21

Live Music by KICK 9pm – 1am | Founders’ Park |  The bands loud arena styled performance are inspired by greats such as ACDC, Foo Fighters, Queen, Guns N Roses, Radiohead, Electric Light Orchestra, Rush and many more. Representing art, strength and self discipline, KICK is named after Taekwondo, which is a form of Korean Martial arts focused on head-height kicking, jumping/spinning kicking and fast foot kicking techniques. The bare bones rock power trio consists of Adam Dooley on bass, Christian Hayden on drums and Jake Kemble on lead guitar and vocals. The band will perform rock cover versions of hit songs by artists such as Tom Petty, U2, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Smashmouth, and many more.

KICK: THE STRONGEST NAME IN ROCK MUSIC.

Check out some of their videos below:
Uptight
I Wanna Hold Your Hand (Beatles)
Mysterious Ways (U2)

Sunday | July 30, 2023

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 per family) | All welcome to watch | Lots of pretty horses & an action-packed day | For more information call Joan at 563-880-2975

The Noble Escape Room 10:30 | The Beauty Bar | A Sci-fi role playing escape room for ages 12 and up | Duration: 1 hour | Team size: 1-6 people | Sign Up Here – must pay ahead of time

If you have an event you wish to add to the event schedule, please submit it to us at elkaderscd@gmail.com or call (563) 920-1176 PRIOR to March 1st each year.