The City of Sleepy Eye’s annual Buttered Corn Days festivities kick off later this (FRI) morning in Alison Park in Sleepy Eye. “All Fired Up For Corn” is the theme of the 51st annual celebration. Highlights include free buttered corn at Allison Park from 11am to 7pm today, along with other food, live entertainment, arts and crafts, kids games and inflatables, raffle drawings, and more. The annual Corn Eating Contest begins at 12:15 this afternoon, and features returning champions Sleepy Eye Off-Sale versus Arneson Distributing. That competition will be broadcast on SAM 107.3 beginning at Noon as well. On Saturday, there’s the Buttered Corn Days Fun Run and Walk, a Waffle Feed, the Grand Parade at 5pm, city-wide garage sales, and more. The Sleepy Eye Fire Department will be celebrating it’s 125th anniversary this weekend as well with an open house, special fire department units in the Corn Days Parade, and a dance at the Eagles Orchid Inn following the parade.