At Merschman Seeds As Soon As The Truck Arrives & Is Unloaded. Approximately 4:00 p.m.
SOME FACTS ABOUT OUR SWEET CORN!
WEST POINT SWEET CORN FESTIVAL 2010 - The sweet corn for the West Point Sweet Corn Festival typically comes from Southern Wisconsin or Northern Illinois. Since warmer temperatures will accelerate maturity, we usually do not know exactly where we will get the corn from until a few days or maybe a day before the shuck date. Typically the sweet corn will come from a different source every year.
There are two types of corn, sugar enhanced and super sweet. Most always we get super sweet. It makes the best festival corn. In 2010 the corn came from Northern Illinois.
In 2010 there were about 2500 ears per ton and we typically bring in up to 18 ton. That is 45,000 ears of free sweet corn. In 2009 all the shucking was completed in about 1 hour 15 minutes. That is about 600 ears per minute. In 2010 we exceeded 700 ears per minute.
Although not official, it is a widely known fact that West Point, Iowa holds the record for the fastest shucking festival town.
Various local businesses truck the corn, cool and store the corn, provide food and drink for the shuckers and lastly, local people set up, husk and clean up afterwards. It is a true community event. - information submitted by Merschman Seeds.