Contestants and
Horse Teams

Info & Registration


Contest Details

More than 75 years ago, there were 80-minute long contests to determine who was the best person at picking corn by hand. Today, the times are a little shorter, based on the rules set by the National Cornhusking Association. The winners from nine participating states in the National Cornhusking Association compete each October to determine a national champion. The participating states include: Iowa, Indiana, Ohio, Minnesota, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, South Dakota, and Nebraska.


Registration Fees

Registration for the 2023 Nebraska State Hand Cornhusking Contest is $30 per person and includes registration for your age class and entry in the team pick contest.

Save $5 per registration when you pre-register by September 1st!

Pre-registered contestants will also receive two (2) free museum admission passes for themself and a guest for the day of the contest. Regular admission fees apply for additional guests. 


If you prefer to register on paper, click here to download the registration form.  Paper forms must be received by September 1st to ensure we can get your admission passes to you on time!


This historic contest couldn’t be done without the help of trusty horse and mule teams to pull the wagons! If you and your team would like to be a part of the 2023 Nebraska State Hand Cornhusking Contest, please fill out the form below or print our downloadable form and return to: Stuhr Museum, 3133 W US Hwy 34, Grand Island, NE 68801.

Name of Horses/Mules:
An area will be reserved for your team vehicle and trailer parking. Please let us know if you have requests or needs for yourself or your team.
Nebraska State Hand Cornhusking Contest Waiver • In making application to participate in the Nebraska State Hand Cornhusking Contest, contestants and other participants should understand that all reasonable efforts are being taken to protect contestants, officials, and spectators from harm. Nevertheless, in keeping with the National Hand Cornhusking Rules Committee requirements, this waiver must be properly signed. The committee also expects each contestant to have read and fully familiarized themselves with the National Rules. In consideration of the acceptance of entry, I hereby for myself, my heirs, executors, and administrators, waive and release any and all rights and claims for damages I may have against any and all other entrants, and/or sponsors, co-sponsors, their committees, sub-committee members, agents and representatives, the farm operator, the farm owner, contest officials, and officers and directors of the Hall County Museum DBA Stuhr Museum and assign for any and all injuries, if any, to me in the Nebraska State Hand Cornhusking Contest. • PLEASE TYPE YOUR NAME BELOW AS YOUR E-SIGNATURE.