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Cornhusking contest in Central City
Hand husking corn is a thing of the past, but this weekend many Nebraskan's are pickin' it old school.
News 5's, Lauren Conley has the story.
Pick as much corn in the given amount of time as possible.
This is the third year Central City is hosting the state's Cornhusking Contest.
"I heard about it on the radio all the time the last couple years and thought it would be interesting to come," said contestant Adam Altmaier.
This is Altmaier's first time husking corn stalks, but he learns quickly.
Ear, after ear, after ear.
"I was just going to try to pop them out at the base, and I got into a rhythm there and it worked for me I guess," Altmaier said.
A strategy our own News 5 crew could use.
Skywatch 5's Katie Gauthier and Joe Thompson played their first hand at husking corn in the Celebrity Cornhusking Contest.
They got 9th place out of 9 teams. But, it's about the experience and the tradition.
"This is the way they did it long before combines," Altmaier said.
After all, we are in the Cornhusker state and you can see the Cornhusker spirit.
"A true Cornhusker knows how to hand husk corn," said Dan Monaghan, Chairman with the National Hand Cornhusking Contest.
It's a unique event, reminding us of our roots.
"Where else can you come out and see 15, 16 teams of horses or horse drawn wagons, both men and women, children competing in handhusking," Monaghan added.
Give it a shot and you'll likely be hooked.
"Oh yeah, I'll be back," Altmaier added.
Sunday is the National Cornhusking Competition.
Contestants from nine states in the corn belt will show up to try their hand at husking the most corn.
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