SHUCKS: Competition unveils a county corn husker

COLUMBIA CITY — It’s sport season, and nothing pricks the athlete’s heart like good, clean competition. However, one Columbia City resident has chosen a rather unique field of competition.Steve Schuman, of Columbia City, will vie for a top spot in the 2013 Indiana State Hand Corn Husking Contest, taking place Saturday in Bremen. This will be his fifth year to compete, in which he has placed in the top five each year.“I’ve been around it. I grew up in a farming environment,” Schuman said. “The competition is a challenge, and it’s interesting to see who shows up to compete.”The event consists of each competitor having 20 minutes to husk as much corn as possible. Husked corn is then hauled by horses to a weigh-in station. Winners are not determined just by weight alone. Competitor’s corn is cleaned, meaning excess silk and husks are removed and weighed separately. That weight counts against the corn totals.To read the rest of this story, see the Oct. 4 issue of The Post and Mail. Don't have a subscription? Call (260) 244-5153 or subscribe to our e-edition. For breaking news, sports updates and additional coverage, bookmark the homepage and find us on facebook and twitter.