Heritage Contests


Osborne is seeking entries for a variety of contests during the 44th Annual Osborne Heritage Days celebration. Heritage Days will be held the second weekend in October, Saturday the 13th and Sunday the 14th, from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. each day. Events are held in the Pioneer Village of the Osborne Center, located 5 miles south of Elkader on Highway 13. So, come out to show your skill, creativity, and spirit.

Saturday: Osborne’s 25th Annual Chili Cook-off

Contestants will begin cooking chili at 9 a.m. Saturday, October 13th. Tasting begins at noon and visitors will have the opportunity to sample each participant’s chili. Visitors will be given a ballot to vote for their top 3 choices as well as the best heritage display to help decide the winners of this year’s contest. Prizes to be awarded include 1st and 2nd place People’s Choice Awards and the Heritage Award for best authentic display of items including antiques and apparel. Visit www.claytoncountyconservation.org for registration information.

Sunday: KADR-KCTN Pumpkin Contests

KADR-KCTN Radio, Elkader, will be sponsoring two pumpkin contests on Sunday, October 14th at Heritage Days. The “Carved or Decorated Pumpkin Contest” includes cash prizes for first through third places in two age divisions: 12 years and under, and 13 years and over. The other contest is the “Great Pumpkin Contest”, a search for the largest pumpkin grown in the area. They are judged by the total of weight plus circumference. This contest is divided into two age divisions as well, and cash prizes will be awarded in each division. The record for the largest pumpkin at Heritage Days is 1,056 pounds! All entries should be brought to the Osborne Center on Sunday between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Judging will take place at 1:00 p.m. and winners will be announced at 2:00 p.m.

Sunday: The 38th Iowa Championship Buffalo Chip Throw

The festival will wrap up with the 38th Iowa Championship Buffalo Chip Throw, beginning at 3 p.m. Sunday. Trophies will be given for 1st place in 4 divisions: Men’s, Women’s, Boy’s, and Girl’s furthest throw. So come try your hand at buffalo chip throwing or one of the other fun Heritage Days events.

For more information on these contests, contact the Osborne Center at 563-245-1516 or KADR-KCTN Radio at 563-245-1400 for the pumpkin contests.