Jenny Sparks, Loveland Reporter-Herald
Dalton Bland with the RV Four Seasons corn-shucking team takes celebratory bite out of a fresh ear of corn moments after his team finished shucking ears Friday during the corn-shucking contest at the Corn Roast Festival in downtown Loveland.
Loveland’s Old Fashioned Corn Roast Festival kicked off … er, shucked off on Friday evening with the traditional contest with a purpose.
Around two dozen teams competed for the trophy denoting victory in the corn shuck-off, in which a crew works to remove the husks from as many ears of corn as possible, wash those ears, bag them and turn them in to the judges’ tables. All of that in three minutes’ time.
The goal of the contest is easy to see: Those ears will be roasted throughout the weekend and sold to attendees of the festival that celebrates Loveland’s agricultural roots.
Columbine Health-Lakeview was the winner of this year’s contest, with Case bank taking second place and the First National Bank team “FN Shuckers” taking third.