Backus Cornfest events feature memorial balloon launch
The annual Backus Cornfest is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 9. This year's theme is "Colonel Cobber Goes Pop." Festivities will include a memorial balloon launch for event organizer Michael Martin, who recently died.
The Backus American Legion and Auxiliary will sponsor several events Friday and Saturday, Aug. 8 and 9, in conjunction with the event.
Friday, Aug. 8
5:30 p.m.: Meat raffle at the Legion.
7:30 p.m.: Bingo at the Legion.
Saturday, Aug. 9
8 a.m.-4 p.m.: Craft and flea market.
10 a.m.: Jim Hamilton Chainsaw Carving event on Front Street.
10 a.m.: Lakeside Baptist corn eating contest registration.
11 a.m.: Parade, followed by balloon launch in memory of Michael Martin; cost is $1 per balloon.
Noon: Lunch at Backus Fire Hall featuring corn on the cob, pulled pork, buns, wild rice hotdish, potato salad, watermelon and beverage for a freewill donation.
12:30 p.m.: Kids games on Front Street. Tickets may be purchased before and after the parade.
1 p.m.: Lakeside Baptist corn eating contest.
1:30 p.m.: Money scramble.
2 p.m.: Cake walk.
2 p.m.: Horseshoe tournament at the Legion. Sign-up starts at 1 p.m. Entry fee is $10. There will be a drawing for partners with a 100 percent payout.
2 p.m.: Bean bag tournament at the Legion. Sign-up until tournament time. Entry fee is $10 per two-person team. Cash prizes will be awarded for first through third places with 100 percent payout.
6 p.m.-midnight: Street dance with live music by Brendan Flynn and headliner Fish Don't Blink.
9 p.m.: Free customer and cash drawings at the Legion.
This year's beer garden is sponsored by Willards Saloon & Eatery. Minors within the beer garden must be accompanied by a parent and cannot remain within the fenced off area beyond 10 p.m.