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Saturday, Apr. 19, 2014
2008 Missouri State Corn Husking Competition

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A driver's-eye view. This team was driven by Anna Gass. (Eric Crump/Democrat-News)
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David Barnes, at 93, is the oldest husker still competing. Barnes' great-grandson, Seth Roberts, won the men's open division this year, proving the the skill has been handed down the generations quite well in his family. Barnes' wife, Jennie, is beside him. (Eric Crump/Democrat-News)
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A well-worn hooked husking glove worn by David Barnes. (Eric Crump/Democrat-News)
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The annual corn husking competition is an effort to keep alive an outmoded skill, but employing a little modern technology helps the event run more smoothly. A laptop computer is used to keep track of and print off results within minutes after the final barrel of corn has been scored for each round. (Eric Crump/Democrat-News)
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(Geoff Rands/Democrat-News)
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Hardeman farmer Henry Deal is a corn husking patriarch, head of a family that is routinely represented by three or four generations at the Missouri State Corn Husking Competition. Leaning on the wagon in the background is Lawrence Deal. (Eric Crump/Democrat-News)
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