By Sheri Hink-Wagner
The Wauneta Breeze
This weekend’s Wauneta Harvest Festival will feature a live performance by Reggie Shaw, a Nashville recording artist originally from Overton, Neb.
Newly reopened Tommy’s Sports Club II scheduled Shaw to perform this Friday starting at 8 p.m. MT. Weather permitting, Shaw will perform in Tommy’s back courtyard. There is no cover charge for the event and it is open to the public.
Shaw’s stop in Wauneta is part of a summer tour through Nebraska and Kansas where he is promoting his debut album, “Living In The Fast Lane.”
In October 2012, Shaw and his debut album were featured in Billboard’s 615 Spotlight.
According to his website, Shaw discovered his love for country music at the age of 14. He was hit by a car while riding a bike, which caused severe injuries which resulted in multiple surgeries.
One day, a nurse turned the television to CMT and Shaw heard Garth Brooks’ “The Dance.”
Shaw says the song showed him how to bring song to life and how it can change lives. From that point forward, country music was his new passion, according to his website.
2013 Harvest Fest
This year, Harvest Fest will feature four days of fun activities for the entire family.
Things get started tonight (Thursday) and will not slow down until Sunday.
Here’s a recap of the weekend activities.
Things get started today (Thursday) at 5:30 p.m. with a pancake, sausage and egg supper at the Wauneta Senior Center followed by bingo. Tommy’s Sports Club II will also offer a burger and draft special.
Friday afternoon is a great time to start splashing at the Wauneta swimming pool. The village will host Pool Olympics from 3-5 p.m. with raft boat races and fun events for youngsters in the splash pool.
Also from 3-5 p.m., Champa Group will open voting for their annual digital photo contest, categories are: flowers and general. Champa will also launch their first ever digital video contest, category: anything funny.
Tommy’s Sports Club II will offer $2 drafts all day long in addition to other Harvest Fest specials.
By 5 p.m., everyone will want to be up at the park for the Lions Club’s walking taco feed and pie sponsored by the Wauneta-Palisade cheerleaders.
New to town business Wellstone Industries will also host gunny sack races and a water balloon toss for kids at the park from 5-7 p.m.
At 6 p.m. the competition will heat up with sand volleyball at the park.
Friday evening’s festivities will conclude with Reggie Shaw’s open-air performance in the courtyard of Tommy’s Sports Club II.
The busiest day of Harvest Festival will start off at 7 a.m. with the Yucca Run (registration at 6:30 a.m.).
The Yucca Run features a 3K walk or a 5K run. The preregistration fees for the walk/run are $15 for those over 13 and $7 for those 12 and under. Race day registration is extra. There will be a $5 charge for t-shirts if registered after July 21. Proceeds from the event go to the Wauneta Senior Center.
Following the Yucca Run there will be a free one mile fun run which also starts at the Senior Center. Contact Tony Cribelli at 394-5666 for more information about the Yucca Run or Fun Run.
BWTelcom will host their courtesy breakfast again this year from 7-9 a.m. at BWTelcom.
Preparations for the parade start at 8:30 a.m. when parade line up starts at the school parking lot. Parade entries must be in line by 9 a.m. to be judged.
Voting will be open for the digital photo contest and digital video contest at Champa Group from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Several venders will host a Harvest Fest Craft Show at the Senior Center from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
At 9:30 a.m. the W-P volleyball team will start serving root beer floats downtown. At 10 a.m. the cheerleaders will start their cake raffle.
The parade will start at 10 a.m. on Tecumseh. The grand marshals for this year’s parade is the 2012 W-P state champion six-man football team. The parade theme is “Humble beginnings...Winning traditions.”
After the parade Mercy Meals of Southwest Nebraska will host an Indian Taco fundraiser luncheon at the American Legion from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Valley Bank & Trust will host the nickel scramble for preschoolers and the scrabble run for kindergarten to sixth grade youngsters in front of the bank at 11 a.m.
Also starting at 11 a.m. is the Poker Walk, sponsored by Harchelroad Motors.
The water fights get started at 12:30 p.m. on the north end of Tecumseh (registration at 12 noon). There will be categories for kids aged 8-11 and 12-15 as well as an adult category for those ages 16 and up.
Good Times Bar will offer nickel beer during the water fights.
From 1-4 p.m. the Wauneta swimming pool will offer free swimming.
At 3 p.m. the second annual Cody Fanning Memorial Horseshoe Tournament will get started at Tommy’s Sports Club II (registration starts at 2:30 p.m.). Contact Tommy’s at 720-236-8789 for more information.
The W-P FFA chapter will start their annual duck race at 3:15 p.m. at the Frenchman River.
Evening activities include a free barbeque downtown starting at 5:30 p.m. The public is encouraged to bring lawn chairs.
The United Methodist Church will sell homemade pie, ice cream and drinks at the barbeque.
The winners of the digital photo and video contest will be announced at 6 p.m.
At 7 p.m. the Wauneta Chamber will sponsor a free showing of “The Lone Ranger” at the Chateau Theatre.
The day will conclude with a dance at the American Legion from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. featuring the live band, CRB.
Harvest Fest will wind down with a Hungry Harvest Fest breakfast buffet at Tommy’s Sports Club II from 6-11 a.m.
The Senior Center will host their monthly Sunday Dinner, serving roast beef and ham, starting at 11 a.m.