Nemechek crowned Sweet Corn Princess

The Sweet Corn Princess Contest was introduced for the first time at the 35th annual Sweet Corn Festival in Adel Friday.

Fourth grader Alexis Nemechek, daughter of Braden and Amber Nemechek was crowned princess while third grader Josephine Pasco, daughter of Joel and Colleen Pasco was named first runner up.

Bailey Renner, a fourth grader and daughter of Jason and Angela Renner was second runner up. Third runner up was Kayleigh Nau, second grade, daughter of Chris and Nicole Nau.

The winners were drawn randomly at the conclusion of the contest.

The Sweet Corn Princess Contest committee plans to make the contest an annual event and feels this year’s event went well.

"We have have had a lot of very positive feedback, have been told that the girls had fun, and that this event was a great thing for the girls," commented Master of Ceremonies and co-coordinator Matt Ireland. "Particularly that the winners are drawn from random drawing and done on stage in front of everyone. This is not a popularity contest, beauty contest, or based on who you know."

Lisa Brickman is co-coordinator with Ireland with many others contributing to the successful event, including: Andrew Bond, Kathy Bullis, Rob Burdett, Bobbi Daggett, Bobby Huntoon, Brad Kinzie, Tim Schaefer, Erin Sedars, Jim and Julie Turner, Michelle Morlan, Braden Nemachek, and Karina Ward.

Plans are already underway for the 2015 Sweet Corn Princess Contest with more information becoming available in the spring.

The committee is looking for feedback and ways to improve the contest for next year. Anyone wanting to provide feedback and/or get more information can email