Husking Bee – Picture Perfect

After months of work by (mostly) Rina and Sam, the culmination of the Corn Patch Project took place on Saturday, October 13th. A pleasantly warm but overcast day greeted scores of huskers who arrived through the afternoon to husk and braid the corn, share a potluck supper and finally, enjoying the hard work of so many folks who helped fix the barn, dance! Thanks to Rina for spearheading, thanks to all the huskers, thanks to the local breweries (Indeed and Excelsior) for the fine beer we enjoyed, thanks to the musicians (who were those folks? I’d never met a number of them – some fine old-time tunes!). Thanks to the neighbors who stopped by and the kids who . . . had a good time!

In short, it was a rousing success start to finish. You’d have to go a long way to fine a more picturesque and enjoyable event.


  1. Carol Young on October 20, 2012 at 2:55 am

    Looks like a mighty fine party, even with the demon UTV! Ant Carol

  2. Jack Lucking on October 20, 2012 at 8:16 am

    What a GREAT BARN DANCE. Being a local from Cannon Falls I did some research and the last barn dance took place in Sogn Valley in 1898 after a wheat harvest on the McKinley farm. 🙂

  3. Bob on October 20, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    Wow, Jack, I didn’t think you were old enough to remember that!

  4. Bob on October 21, 2012 at 8:29 am

    Lester Flom who has the beautiful place on the south side of Co 57 Blvd stopped by yesterday. He told me that his parents held a barn dance when they put up a new barn in 1924, two years before he was born. That was the only barn dance he knew of in the valley. But I like Jack’s story.

  5. Eleanor Sampson on October 21, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    I’m so sad I couldn’t attend, it looks like you all had a blast! May-be next time. 🙂 Have an amazing autumn!

  6. Dave Shutler on October 22, 2012 at 10:07 am

    That looks like a lot of fun. Were the shucked corn stalks for a charity event?

  7. Bob on October 22, 2012 at 11:23 am

    The folks who spearheaded the corn patch project keep chickens in Minneapolis. The corn, once it’s dried, will be ground for chicken feed.

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