The Anticlimactic Ending of the Great Corn Contest of 1911

After poring over many pages of newspaper, this librarian regretfully concludes that no winner of the boys’ corn contest of 1911 was ever announced.  After last week’s excerpt pleading for additional contestants, the only further mention the contest received was the following brief notice from late October:

Inconclusive at best.  Perhaps the contest was a dud due not to the boys’ enthusiasm (or lack thereof), but simply due to the challenging conditions of that year.  An equally brief article from August of the same year noted the uphill battle North Carolina farmers faced that summer:

Maybe the boys got more of a lesson in the challenges of farming than the contest directors intended that year.


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