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High temps didn’t stop the fun at Harvest Fest PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 02 August 2012 17:56

The B & D and Brophy softball teams salute the flag as Dennis Cavanaugh sings the national anthem.

 

By Sheri Hink

The Wauneta Breeze

 

Shade and water were “hot” commodities Saturday as people attempted to stay cool. At one point Saturday afternoon the bank’s thermometer read 113 degrees.

The high temperatures didn’t stop people from coming out to enjoy the various events at Wauneta’s Harvest Fest.

The celebration was planned by a volunteer committee made up of Brenda Anderson, Jo Arenz, Kathy Kerchal, Cindy Einspahr and Jolene Muths.

Harvest Fest committee member Brenda Anderson said, “I am pleased with the turnout, even though the numbers might have been down slightly, a cooler day may have helped us out.”

The committee reported slightly lower participation numbers this year, identifying the heat as a possible cause for the lower numbers. However, they also reported the same or more entrants in the various Harvest Fest events.

“I appreciate everyone who participated or hosted an event. Without the people there wouldn’t be a need for Harvest Festival,” said Anderson.

The Senior Center kicked off the Festival on Thursday night with their pancake, sausage and egg supper followed by bingo.

Friday was an afternoon of sports with pool Olympics. During the pool Olympics youngsters enjoyed watermelon races, duck games in the shallow pool, a basket ball hoop contest, pop dive contest and raft races. Susie’s Creative Stitches donated the t-shirts that were given as prizes and S&S Construction donated the pop for the pop dive.

Friday afternoon also featured a mini track meet for preschool through sixth graders. That evening featured sand volleyball and men’s softball games where the B&D Team took on the Brophy Electric Team. B&D came from behind to win the game with a score of 10 to 9.

B&D team member Bill Bischoff said the old B&D/Brophy rivalry is still alive and well, but that “Our favorite part of these games is getting everyone together that used to play against each other.”

Saturday morning saw a nice crowd of runners and walkers, 41 total, for the annual Yucca Run and Fun Run.

This year’s parade offered a lot of variety to spectators with 31 entrants who distributed candy, pinwheels, bouncy balls and Saturday’s favorite treats–bottled water and ice pops.

During the parade Valley Bank threw out Tell A Friends cards. Tryphena Douglas won the drawing and received a free gift.

After the parade there was an activity for everyone. “We try very hard to have events for all age groups,” said Anderson. She also emphasized that the committee is always open to new ideas for events during the celebration.

Late Saturday morning Valley Bank held a Nickle Scramble for preschoolers and a Scrabble Run for kindergartners to sixth graders. Harchelroads hosted a Poker Run for the adults.

The Wauneta Volunteer Fire Department’s water fights were one of the highlights of the afternoon.

Other activities Saturday afternoon included the new event, 125 years of photos and quilts at the American Legion. A total of 45 people came to view the showing of photos and 67 quilts.

Mercy Meals of Southwest Nebraska, Wauneta’s newest nonprofit organization hosted an open house at the newly renovated Mercy Meals building.

The crowd at Wauneta’s pool for free swimming Saturday afternoon attests to the fact that the temperatures were extreme. Pool officials reported 72 poolgoers Saturday afternoon for the free swimming.

Horseshoe throwers came out to the Cody Fanning Memorial Horseshoe Tournament at the park.

The Wauneta-Palisade FFA chapter held their duck race again this year.

The Pedal Tractor Pull turned out to be quite the competition, especially for the adults. A total of 15 men and six women competed in the adult division.

An up and coming band, My Starving Lion, entertained the crowd during and after the free barbeque on main street.

After the barbeque the crowd migrated over to the Chateau Theatre to see local talents perform at Wauneta’s Got Talent. There were only a handful of empty seats in the theatre as local singers and dancers performed for the audience.

Over 100 people came out for the final event of the evening, the Chamber’s dance at the American Legion. The dance featured live band Innocent Mischief.

See the full list of available Harvest Festival event results on page 8 of the print and e-edition. Photos of the celebration are on pages 6 and 7 of the print and e-edition.