In Sharp Focus

Four Seasons on the Farm

Right: In farm country, corn husking contests once offered all the drama and athleticism of today’s Super Bowl. Beginning in the 1920s, the events drew crowds in the thousands for an activity that surely only a couple dozen spectators could get close enough to see. Ronald Lovelock gave a gold medal performance in shooting this photo, capturing both the frenzy surrounding the husker, and the rapt attention paid by onlookers.