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Heat, rain didn’t stop the fun at this year’s Harvest Festival PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wauneta Breeze   
Thursday, 30 July 2015 17:59

Southwest Public Power District had a total of three entries in this year’s Harvest Fest parade, where the business served as Grand Marshals. Here, on the lead float, from front left, General Manager Curtis Kayton, and Board Members Kevin Fornoff, Clint Schafer, from back left, Board President Bob Romine, and Board Members Steve Leibbrandt and Kenny Ham wave to the crowd as the float moves along the parade route. (Dharma Blake-Cole | The Wauneta Breeze)


By Sheri Hink-Wagner

The Wauneta Breeze


Another successful Harvest Fest is in the books after last weekend’s flurry of activities, only slightly delayed Saturday afternoon due to heavy rain. The four-day event featured several new events and lots of old favorites.

“It was another successful year at Wauneta’s Harvest Festival, even though it was hotter than hot at one point of the day and raining in buckets prior to the barbeque,” said Harvest Fest committee chairperson Brenda Anderson. “We had good attendance at all events and everyone seemed to be having a great time.”

The weekend celebration kicked off Thursday with a family ventriloquist show featuring Wayne and “Wingnut” at the Chateau Theatre, which was attended by approximately 50 people.

The Senior Center offered a pancake supper prior to the show that had a good attendance as well.

Friday action picked up with a bike rodeo sponsored by the Chase County Community Hospital nursing staff. Several children attended and learned basic bicycle safety and had the opportunity to get fitted for a new, low-cost, bicycle helmet.

Many youngsters got relief from the heat at the Pool Olympics where the littlest ones played in the baby pool. Others enjoyed raft boat races, a diving contest, a water balloon contest and a slip-and-slide.

Friday evening was busy at the park with the MOPS sponsored baby crawl and toddler trot. The Lion’s Club served up refreshments with their annual Walking Taco Feed. They also sponsored a free bounce house at the park.

Later that evening the Wauneta C Team took on their parents and older siblings in a game of stickball.

Saturday was chocked full of activities starting with the annual Yucca Run (featuring 36 runners) and BW Telcom’s courtesy breakfast where approximately 200 people enjoyed a free meal.

The parade had a total of 25 entries this year. Southwest Public Power District took first place honors in the business class. Susie’s Creative Stitches earned second place.

The Wauneta-Palisade Cheerleaders took first place in the organization class, followed by Patch of Painted Horses in second.

Dan Hughes took first place in the open class. Second place went to Merrell Maris.

The board and staff of Southwest Public Power District served as grand marshals of the parade.

After the parade there were several choices of things to do. Valley Bank hosted four events for all ages including a  nickel scramble, balloon toss, hula hoops and chalk art on main street.

Other after-parade activities included a poker walk hosted by Harchelroad Motors where Jolene Muths took first place, Amy Rozelle second and Robin Hanna third.

Saturday afternoon featured a flurry of activities including the annual water fights–always great way to get cool, FFA duck race, 4th Annual Cody Fanning Memorial Horseshoe Tournament. The late afternoon saw a brief interruption while attendees waited for the rain and hail to stop.

Saturday evening the Chamber sponsored the annual barbeque on main street where they served pulled pork sandwiches, baked beans and potato chips. The meal was only slightly delayed by the rain. The Methodist Church provided another opportunity to cool down with homemade pie and ice cream at the event.

After the barbeque the Theatre was filled to capacity for the Wauneta Talent Show organized by Sara and Aaron Behrends. The night featured 16 talented acts from around the area.

Saturday night main street stayed busy when 130 attended the concert on the north end of Tecumseh where the Sherman County String Band performed.

The weekend came to a close on Sunday with the Senior Center hosting Sunday dinner and a final movie showing at the Chateau.