Harvest Fest starts Thursday with new events, old favorites
New this year–Broadway on screen, greased pig chase, pasture golf, Barnyard Olympics, main street concert
By Sheri Hink-Wagner
The Wauneta Breeze
Wauneta’s Harvest Festival kicks off tonight (Thursday) with one of many new events during the four-day celebration.
Tonight, the Wauneta Chamber is hosting a special showing of the Broadway play, “Driving Miss Daisy,” at the Chateau Theatre.
The play stars five-time Tony Award and three-time Academy Award nominee Angela Lansbury and two-time Tony Award winner and Academy Award winner James Earl Jones.
The show starts at 7 p.m. MT. Tickets will be available at the door.
The Senior Center will host a pancake, egg and sausage supper at the Senior Center today starting at 5:30 p.m.
After the show families can head to the Wauneta Swimming Pool for night swimming from 8 p.m to 12 midnight
Lots to do Friday
Several activities are planned for Friday, including a puzzle contest and hot fudge sundaes at the Wauneta Senior Center from 1-4 p.m. Teams of two or three will compete to see who can put together 500 piece puzzles the fastest.
The Village of Wauneta and Susie’s Creative Stitches will also offer Pool Olympics Friday afternoon at 3 p.m. at the pool. The event will feature raft boat races and events for youngsters as well as a diving contest and other games for the older kids. Prizes will be awarded.
Voting in the annual digital photo contest begins Friday afternoon from 3-5 p.m. at Champa Group. All are invited to stop by and vote for their favorites. The categories are flowers and general. Entries are due to Champa Group by 1 p.m. Thursday with winners announced Saturday evening.
Wellstone Industries will host kids’ activities at the park Friday between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Kids can enjoy egg races and frisbee games. Ribbons and popsicles will be given. There will be drawings for T-shirts for adults, as well.
Wauneta-Palisade FFA members are sponsoring a greased pig chase for kids ages four to eight at the ball diamond outfield starting at 5 p.m. There will be cash prizes for the kids who manage to catch the pig.
The Lions Club will host its popular Walking Taco Feed at the park starting at 5 p.m., followed by sand volleyball and men’s baseball.
host of activities
Saturday things get into full swing with many activities planned for the entire family.
The day begins early with the annual Yucca Run and Fun Run. Registration for the Yucca Run begins at 6:30 a.m. with the run starting at 7 a.m. A fun run follows.
Next up will be the annual BW Telcom courtesy breakfast from 7 to 9 a.m.
Parade floats will begin to line up at 8:30 a.m. in the school parking lot. Entrants must be in line by 9 a.m. to be judged. Parade entry forms are available at Valley Bank and the Wauneta Breeze in Wauneta and The Imperial Republican in Imperial.
Viewing of entries in the digital photo contest at Champa Group and the Southwest Nebraska Entrepreneurs craft show begin at 9 a.m.
The parade will begin at 10 a.m., following the theme “Flower Power...Bloomin’ in Wauneta.” Ed and Jo Arenz will serve as Grand Marshals.
Whirlwind of activities
after parade Saturday
After the parade there are several activities planned for kids of all ages.
Southwest Public Power District will offer bucket truck rides downtown and Harchelroad Motors will host a Poker Walk after the parade. There will also be a Nickel Scramble for preschoolers and chalk art competition sponsored by Valley Bank after the parade. Chalk artists should plan to bring their own chalk supplies.
The water fights sponsored by the Wauneta Volunteer Fire Department kick off at 12:30 p.m., with registration 30 minutes earlier.
Good Times Bar will once again offer nickel beer during the water fights until the fights conclude or the tap runs dry. The grill will be shut off during the fights.
The Village of Wauneta will also host free swimming at the Wauneta Swimming Pool during the afternoon from 1 to 4 p.m. The Wauneta FFA duck race will begin at 3:15 p.m.
The third annual Cody Fanning Memorial Horseshoe Tournament will be held Saturday at Tommy’s Sports Club. The tournament beginning at 4 p.m. The contest will be limited to 16 teams. The first, second and third place winners will earn back their $20 entry fees. Contact T.J. Ellicott at 308-350-1183 to register or sign up Saturday before 3:30 p.m.
Another new event for 2014 is pasture golf. Joey Large will host the event at his 9-hole pasture golf course. The event will be offered in two sessions with the first beginning at 4 p.m. and the second at 6:30 p.m.
Mercy Meals of Southwest Nebraska will offer an Indian Taco feed at the Legion Hall and Wauneta EMS will be serving sloppy joes at the Ambulance Barn.
Saturday evening fun
A free barbecue on main street sponsored by the Wauneta Chamber is on the Saturday night schedule. The St. Paul Lutheran Church ladies will also sell homemade pie, ice cream and drinks during the barbecue.
After the meal, Wauneta FFA will host a Barnyard Olympics on main street, including bobbing for apples, a pie-eating contest and find the straw in the haystack. Future FFAers can also take advantage of the FFA photo booth where they can try on an FFA jacket and have pictures taken while pretending they are already in FFA.
The Sherman County String Band will play for a concert and dance on the north end of Tecumseh St. The bluegrass and country music concert is open to those age 16 and over. In case of bad weather the concert will be held at the Wauneta American Legion.
The weekend festival will end on Sunday with a Sunday Dinner offered at the Senior Center.
The schedule is subject to change. See more at Waun etaHarvestFestival.com.