Gothenburg hosts National Hand Cornhusking Competition

GOTHENBURG, Neb. Gothenburg welcomed people from all over the the country for the National Hand Cornhusking Competition on Sunday.

Cornhusking competitor picks corn at the National Hand Cornhusking Compeition in Gothenburg, NE. (SOURCE: Jace Barraclough/KNOP)

The top cornhuskers in the nation from states such as Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Colorado, South Dakota and various others gathered for the event.

The occasion was held at Hecox Farms.

The Nebraska state competition took place on Saturday, while the national competition was on Sunday.

Gothenburg native and cornhusking champion Erin Fairley said she enjoys competing each year.

"I love doing it. It's fun. It's something totally different and neat to see how they used to do it," said Fairley.

"Preparing for it is kind of hard. There's nothing in our lifestyle today that gets you prepared for that. It's just a different set of muscles we don't use anymore."

Riley Guthrie of Alma, Nebraska said it's his family tradition that keeps him coming back.

"My dad and I started 18 years ago in 2001. Grandpa's been doing it years before that," said Guthrie.

"A lot of people like to do it because of the family side of it. They have some sort of family that have done it in the past or know about it that brought them into it."