“The Corn Show was amazing,” said Kim Smith, one of the organizers of Pulaski’s annual family festival.
Considering that Pulaski’s population is less than 300, the scope of the small community’s Corn Show was indeed amazing.
The first amazing element was a committee of 20 people. How many communities could put together a working committee of that number?
The Corn Show was a three-day event packed with events, contests and quality entertainment.
Residents had plenty of opportunities to show off their talents ranging from pie-baking to photography, crafts, quilting, sewing and the fine arts.
The ever-popular princess contests and baby contests brought families out to show off their children. Young and old had the opportunity to get up on stage and share their talents with the community during Pulaski’s Got Talent Show.
Athletes and fitness buffs were up early Saturday morning to participate in the 5K Hero Run/Walk followed by the traditional and popular Corn Show Parade featuring marching bands, vintage tractors, fire engines, floats and horses.
Of course, what southern Iowa festival would be complete without a tractor pull? Committee chairman Jerry Robison made sure the Buck Wheaton Tractor Pull took place.
Children enjoyed Farmer Olympics and a Kiddie Pedal Tractor Pull Saturday afternoon while cornhole enthusiasts competed in a tournament at the Maker’s Space.
Bingo was enjoyed by all ages and nightly raffles were held as fundraisers.
The entertainment was topnotch with Lori King and Jct. 63 on Thursday night, the Chickadees on Friday night, and James Carothers on Saturday night.
Carothers is a Nashville musician who is married to former Pulaskian Jill Osenbaugh. He and his band often open for country singer Alan Jackson, but on Saturday night he enjoyed performing in his adopted hometown to a very appreciative crowd.
Finally, what festival would be complete without good food?
The Corn Show excelled in that area, too. The Pulaski Fire Association’s Chicken Dinner Thursday night provided some good home cooking as did Friday night’s EMS/First Responders Dinner and Big & Slim’s Corn Show Hog Roast Saturday night.
Four food wagons rounded out the menu offerings for long lines of hungry Corn Show visitors.
Best of all, the Corn Show was a time to celebrate family, friends, and neighbors.
A community church service ended the three and one-half-day celebration on Sunday morning.
The staggering amount of planning and work that went into Corn Show is amazing, yet there was little burnout — just excitement and satisfaction.
What were Robison and Smith doing Monday morning when interviewed for their reactions to the 2021 Corn Show?
Why, beginning to plan the 2022 Corn Show, of course.
Thank you, Pulaski, for showing us that little communities can do big things!