Perhaps it is a stretch, but husking
corn by hand, day after day, can be extremely therapeutic for the body, mind and soul.
Horse-drawn shuttle wagons hauled visitors and competitors to and from the husking area.
Each husker was taken to a row and began husking, tossing husked ears toward the wagon where they would bounce off the "bang" board and drop into the wagon.
Husking implements come in many varieties and each husker has a personal preference.
Husking competitions continue today in many states as fall festivals.
"I went to the fields with my dad and granddad, and after I got married, I helped my husband with the field work." She thrives on fresh air and exercise, and greatly enjoys the camaraderie of the husking competition.
3, 1986: Ohio state contest: 174 lbs., 3rd place (qualifying for nationals, where she took 8th place, husking 267 lbs.
Wallace wrote at the time: "We believe that a genuinely good corn husker is entitled to more fame than the man who makes a touchdown in a college football game." He also offered a $50 prize for the best husking performance.
Farmers and manufacturers improved upon these, and dozens of different models and adaptations of husking pegs and gloves were used.
Editor's note: The corn husking equipment shown here is owned by Bob Overmohle of Carroll, Iowa.