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Finals set for Iowa Blues Challenge; Adel Sweet Corn Festival entertainment set

The 35th Annual Adel Sweet Corn Festival is this weekend.
The 35th Annual Adel Sweet Corn Festival is this weekend.
Adel Partners/Chamber of Commerce

The acts are set for the Iowa Blues Challenge Solo/Duo Division Finals, as well as for the 35th Annual Adel Sweet Corn Festival. You can check out the lineups for both below.

The second regional final in the Solo/Duo Division of the Iowa Blues Challenge took place on Sunday, August 3 at the House of Bricks in Des Moines. The Quay Thomas Duo, Joel Monroe, Thankful Dirt, Rob Lumbard, and Salem & Moore competed for two spots in the finals. The night saw five solid performances, but in the end it was the Quay Thomas Duo and Rob Lumbard who punched their tickets for the finals. Those two acts will join July 26 Quad Cities qualifiers The Zach & Mike Show and Charlie Hayes & “Detroit” Larry Davidson in the Solo/Duo Finals on Sunday, August 24 at 6 p.m. at Zimm’s Food & Spirits in Des Moines. For those wanting to attend the finals, admission will be $8 for the general public and $6 for members of any Iowa Blues Society. The winner of the Iowa Blues Challenge will receive $250 cash, eight hours of recording time, opportunities for paid gigs at the 2015 Winter Blues Fest and the 2015 Bottoms Up Blues Bash (and other events), and entry into and $300 travel expenses for the 2015 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee. For more information on the Iowa Blues Challenge, go to the Central Iowa Blues Society website.

In other news, the 2014 Adel Sweet Corn Festival will take place on Friday, August 8 and Saturday, August 9. There will be over seven tons of free sweet corn, plus vendors, live music, a parade, children's rides, a corn shucking contest (hosted by KJJY), the Sweet Corn Princess Contest, mimes, a 5k run, dancers, and more. Festivities will be centered around the historic Courthouse Square, and events will run from 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday night and 8 a.m. to midnight on Saturday. Admission to the festival is free. Here is the schedule of events for this year's festival:

Friday, August 8
5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.: Sweet Corn Shucking
6 p.m.: Corn shucking contest hosted by KJJY
6 p.m.: Sweet Corn Princess Contest
8:30 p.m. - 11 p.m.: Teen Dance

Saturday, August 9
8 a.m.: Adel Sweet Corn Festival 5K Run starts
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.: Vendor booths open
9:30 a.m.: Parade
10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.: Children’s rides open
11 a.m.: Sweet Corn Feed (available until it’s gone)
11 a.m. - Noon: Live music from The Sons of Gladys Kravitz
11:30 a.m. - noon: Bakers Dozen Mimes
Noon - 2 p.m.: Sparklehoop Dance
2 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.: Adel Tumbling Club
2 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.: Sugar Creek Cloggers
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.: Let’s Dance of Adel
3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.: Adel Dance Club
4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.: 34th Army Band Sidewinders
6 p.m.: Beer Garden opens
6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.: Gimmik
10 p.m. - midnight: Big Show Dueling Pianos

For more information about the 2014 Adel Sweet Corn Festival, go to the Adel Partners/Chamber of Commerce website.

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