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Celebration of ‘Heritage’ at heart of Harvest Fest PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 30 June 2011 22:28

By Josh Sumner

The Wauneta Breeze

Plans for this year’s Wauneta Harvest Festival are beginning to come into focus.

Employees, residents and other members of the Heritage of Wauneta retirement community will be honored as grand marshals at this year’s parade.

The accompanying theme of the 2011 Harvest Fest parade is “Celebrating our Heritage: 125 Years.”

More fun details for this year’s gathering are coming out. Those looking for a laugh will be glad to hear about the addition of a comedy show in 2011.

Dan McGowan, of Aurora, Colo., will perform his family friendly comedy act on Friday night at the Chateau Theatre. The self-proclaimed “all ages” performer has appeared on the NBC television show “Last Comic Standing,” and also won the first place prize at the Branson Comedy Festival.

Also returning to Harvest Fest this year after a several-years’ absence will be a melodrama, which will be directed by Wauneta-Palisade music teacher Sara Behrends on Thursday evening.

“The Ballad of Gopher Gap” has been chosen as this year’s production.

Nebraska author Charlotte M. Endorf will bring the Orphan Train to life dressed in period costume for the historic enactment of “Excess Baggage: Riding the Orphan Train.

Endorf is the author of several books about the Orphan Trains of the late 1800s and early 1900s including “Plains Bound: Fragile Cargo,” “By Train They Came,” and “Trains of Promise.” Her performance will be free to the public on Saturday afternoon.

Water fights, a digital photo contest, annual Yucca Run, free barbecue and Harvest Fest dance are just a few of the other scheduled events festival-goers have come to love over the years at Harvest Fest.

See the coming issues of The Wauneta Breeze for Harvest Fest information as more details are released, and check for updates.

This year’s Harvest Fest is set for the final weekend of July, running from Thursday, July 28 to Sunday, July 31.