Come join in the fun at the 43rd Annual Kansas State Cornhusking Contest

VIP Corn Cook-OffThis dish tied for first place in the 2013 Corn Cook-OffCorn fritters, one of the winning dishes in 2013, cooked by Jacob Wood, City Administrator

Come to local businesses for lunch, taste the corn dishes and vote on your favorite. Friday October 10 at 11:00 am - 1:00 pm the Kansas State Cornhusking Contest kicks off with the VIP Corn Cook-Off.

Registration and a reception for the huskers is from 3:00 - 5:00 pm at the Buffalo Bill Cultural Center.

The Contest

A young husker carrying on the tradition at the Kansas State Cornhusking Contest in 2013
A husker throwing an ear of corn into the wagon at the 2013 Kansas State Cornhusking Contest

Shucks! Never husked? No problem. We will be teaching novice huskers the technical aspect of the sport in the corn field here at the Buffalo Bill Cultural Center on Friday, October 10 from 4:00 - 6:00 pm. 

On Saturday morning huskers can compete individually and/or as part of a team. Novice huskers can compete in a 10 minute competition and a three person team would each husk for 5 minutes for a total of 15 minutes. This is a great activity for school groups, scouts, 4-H, FFA and other youth groups. Teams can also include friends or family members – get mom and dad or grandpa and start a family tradition.

Download KS State Cornhusking registration form here.

Download the Hometown Teams registration form here.

On October 11 the day starts at 8:00 am with Continental Breakfast and registration for the Huskers with the State Contest starting at 9:30 am.


The Buffalo Bill Cultural Center and Cabin Gift Shop will be open from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm.

Antique Tractors and Engines will be on display throughout the day.

Antique tractors on display at the 2013 Kansas State Cornhusking Contest

Fun For the Whole Family

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Rural Life Demonstration Vendor Fair, what is that?  Vendors will be here to demonstrate how things were made before mechanization from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. Some will also have products to sell. Demonstrations include:

  • Rope making
  • Tatting
  • Crocheting
  • Wheat weaving
  • Wheat and corn grinding
  • Leather work
  • Homemade ice cream

For the kids

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  • Pumpkin Carving/Decorating Contest from 12:00 – 2:30 pm
  • Corn Pile Money Hunt starting at 2:30 pm

 There is a Corn Ear Throwing Contest for adults and kids at 1:30 pm

You can bring pumpkins out to sell or enter for prizes for the largest diameter and most unusual shape.

These events all take place at the Buffalo Bill Cultural Center and Kansas State Corn Husking site where there will be concessions available and general admission is free.

Girls Day Out, LLC Craft Show and Open House20131012_cornhusking_015120131012_cornhusking_0145

You can also go over to the Girl’s Day Out, LLC Craft Show and Open House taking place at the Logan County 4-H Building and Dick Farmer Arena from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. They will have prizes, concessions available and admission is free.

Scarecrow Display and Story Walk

Come to the Fick Fossil & History Museum and the Oakley Public Library to vote on your favorite scarecrow and walk along with the story. For more information call the Museum at 785-671-4839 or the Library at 785-671-4776.

For more information on the Kansas State Cornhusking Contest and the supporting events contact the Oakley Area Chamber of Commerce at 785-672-4862 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or the Buffalo Bill Cultural Center at 785-671-1000 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .