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Thursday, 14 July 2011 20:51

Wauneta’s 125-year heritage to be celebrated July 28-31

By Josh Sumner

The Wauneta Breeze


The 2011 Wauneta Harvest Fest is shaping up to be one of the liveliest ever, with more fun contests and events being announced each week the celebration gets nearer.

The customary hoopla that veteran festival-goers have come to love will be back in full-force this year, but attendees can expect several additions, too.

Perhaps the most exciting upgrade to this year’s festival is one Wauneta citizens will be able to enjoy well beyond Harvest Fest weekend. Festival organizers and Chateau Theatre workers are planning on showcasing the weekend movie, ‘Cars 2’, in 3D. The 3D showing will mark the premier of the theatre’s new digital projection system.

Dan McGowan, of Aurora, Colo., brings his unique brand of family-friendly humor to the Chateau Theatre on Friday, July 29. (Courtesy Photos)


Chateau Theatre promises to be one of the busiest spots in town throughout Harvest Fest weekend. Thursday evening marks the return of the community melodrama, followed by a Friday full of laughter, when comedian Dan McGowan takes the stage. On Saturday afternoon, Nebraska author Charlotte M. Endorf will present a historic reenactment about the Orphan Trains of the late 1800s and early 1900s.

Other performers taking the stage this year include the CRB Band, who will perform during Saturday night’s dance at the American Legion Hall. The country, rock and blues group, hailing from McCook, is making its Harvest Fest debut.

Also new to Harvest Fest this year is a pair of scavenger hunts that is sure to send both kids and adults on a wild goose chase.

A poker run will involve stops at several area towns, with registered participants receiving playing cards upon arrival. After picking up cards at stations in Palisade, Trenton, Stratton, Benkelman, Enders, Imperial and Wauneta, the participant with the best poker hand will win a prize.

The CRB Band, above, of McCook, will rock the house at this year’s Harvest Fest dance. Dan McGowan, at right, of Aurora, Colo., brings his unique brand of family-friendly humor to the Chateau Theatre on Friday, July 29.


Meanwhile, children ages 5-11 will be invited to take part in a Scrabble run. Those participating will gather letters from varying stops in Wauneta, and the competitor who creates the highest-scoring word will win a prize.

Additional new and returning events for this year’s celebration include a Friday night karaoke contest at Tommy’s Sports Club and a nickel scramble for kids under age 5 on Saturday. A field day for youngsters is also being tentatively planned at the park following Friday’s pool olympics.

Rounding out the announcement of planned events is Saturday’s Yucca Run and the pedal pull contest.

This year’s Yucca Run is being held in memory of longtime running and outdoors enthusiast, the late Ted Grimm. The Yucca Run opens the festivities on Saturday, while the pedal pull, which is being moved from Friday, closes them. The pedal pull also moves from the park’s tennis courts to Main Street.

See coming issues of The Breeze for a full schedule of events, including admission prices, registration information and specific times and locations. Also visit the festival’s official website at for further information.