The first corn husking contest began in 1922. Henry A.Wallace, editor of the Wallace Farmer, offered a contest to huskers for the most corn husked in a day. The contest was held near Alleman,Iowa. Only three men husked that year and was won by Louis Curley. Henry Wallace was convinced that husking could beome a competitive rural sport.
In 1923, The first state contest was held in Iowa. Local contests were held and scorecards were kept to determine who would compete in the state final.
By 1924 Iowa,Illinois,and Nebraska held state contests. They were soon joined by other states. Minnesota joined in 1925, followed by Indiana (1926), Missouri (1926), Kansas (1927), Ohio (1931), South Dakota (1932), Wisconsin (1937), and Pennsylvania (1938). The states competed for the national title,from 1924 to 1941. After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor December 7,1941, the contests came to an end.
Through the rest of the 40's, 50's, and 60's, the contests became sporadict until 1970's. The state contests began to revive with Iowa in 1970, Kansas (1971), South Dakota (1976), Ohio (1976), Indiana (1979), Minnesota (1980), Illinois (1981), Nebraska (1982), Missouri (1983). The National Cornhusking Association was formed in 1979.
Ohio's state cornhusking revival was accomplished by the efforts of William (Bill) Farmer of Eaton, Ohio. The first post-WW II contest in Ohio was held at Carriage Hill Farm near Dayton,Ohio. The work of Bill Farmer , his Wife Violet Farmer, Nelson Sinex, his wife Helen , Carriage Hill Farm, and Virgil Brown of Indiana, revitalized the Ohio Cornhusking Contest by October 1976. The Farmers were joined in their efforts in 1978 by Lyle Byers and his family, promoting the contest. Carriage Hill Farm was the site of the National Contest in 1979, the first Naional Contest in Ohio since 1936.
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