Illinois Corn Husking is being updated at this time.

Today corn is harvested with the aide of Global Positioning Systems and computers. A little over fifty years ago it was still being done with horses pulling the wagons. While a lone figure wearing a corn husking hook would pick two to three rows at a time. With a musical like rhythm each ear was hooked, cleaned of husks and flipped into the wagon. From sun-up till sundown it was the time of the corn husker.

1992 Illinois State Results for Men's 75 and up class

Illinois State President, Dick Humes, timing for Hank Endres. Hank was one of the four people to pick 50 bushels in an 80 minute contest during the 1940's.

Corn Husking 2010

The 30th Annual Illinois State Cornhusking contest will be held Sunday, October 3, 2010 south of Roseville Illinois on the Harlan and Barb Jacobson farm.

The Illinois State Cornhusking contest will qualify contestants for the National contest. The contest will start at 9 AM. Registration starts at 8 am with the drawing for the first lands at 8:30 AM .

Practice will start at 8:30 AM and last for 25 minutes. Each contestant will be able to husk from 1 to 2 minutes depending on the number of contestants.

For more information contact Dick Humes , Illinois State President, at 309-729-5261 after 7 PM or Frank Hennenfent at 309 426-2773.

2010 National Contest

The 2010 National Contest will be held October 16th and 17th, 2010 at Oakley, Kansas . For more information go to

How to Pick Corn

There is an art to picking corn by hand. Bill Gillen and Bob St.George have taught several people how to pick by hand. The links below give a short description about some of their techniques. There are many factors that determine how fast a person can pick. It is easier to go to a contest and watch a husker throw 40 to 50 ears a minute than to describe each move that makes them fast.

How to pick ears of corn that are upright on the stalk
How to pick ears of corn that are hanging down on the stalk
Where to buy hooks and pegs

The organized corn husking contest was originated by Henry A. Wallace ( later Secretary of Agriculture ) in 1922 as a way to demonstrate who was the best corn husker. When farmers gathered in the 1920ís, tales were often told of a friend or neighbor who was an outstanding picker. Often, it was the last person to tell their story who actually could pick the biggest load. Picking over 100 bushels a day, scooping it off, was considered normal for the good huskers.

Books about the cornhusking contests.

THE NATIONAL by Mitchel Burns is about the modern cornhusking contests.
Leonard J. Jacobs has written two books and several articles on the corn husking contest that took place from 1924 - 1941.The contest were 80 minutes in length during those years and crowds of 100,000 people or more would attend the National Contest. His two books are Battle Of The Bangboards, published in 1975 and Huskers Digest, published in 1998. For more information contact Frank at 309 -426-2773

2006 Illinois State Contest Registration Form
2005 Ten ears of corn for Ethanol
26th Annual Illinois Contest 2006
Illinois Results

2002 Illinois State Contest Results
2003 Illinois State Contest Results
2005 Illinois State Contest Results
2006 Illinois State Contest Results
2007 Illinois State Contest Results
2008 Illinois State Contest Results
2009 Illinois State Contest Results
2010 Illinois State Contest Results
Cornhusking Contest Alpha, Illinois September 21,2003
Illinois Wins 2001 National Title
Cornhusking in the past
Bob St. George Memorial Award
Contest results for Illinois 2000
21st Annual Illinois Contest Results
Results from 2000 National Corn Husking Contest Kimballton, Iowa
2001 National Cornhusking Contest
2001 National Cornhusking Contest Results Gilfillan, Minnesota
2002 National Cornhusking Results Hunington, Indiana
2004 National Cornhusking Contest Results Oakley Kansas

Pee Wee Contest
National Championship
National Contest Rules
1997 National, Nancy Miller
National Corn Husking Museum
The 1939 State and National Contest

Corn related items.
Bud Thompson's Painted Ears
Western Illinois Threshers Railroad
Web links to Cornhusking Articles
Pictures of Draft Horses

If you need more information E-mail Frank at: