Harvest Festival kicks off

24th Annual Harvest Festival is set for this weekend.
24th Annual Harvest Festival is set for this weekend.
Published: Sep. 15, 2020 at 3:07 PM CDT
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GERING, Neb. (KNEP) - Legacy of the Plains Museum is holding its 24th Annual Harvest Festival on Saturday, Sept. 19 and Sunday, September 20. The event starts at 9:00 a.m. on both days and costs $5 per person over 12, with 12 and under free.

The festival is a family-friendly event with free wagon rides, a parade, peddle cars, barrel trains, farm animals, live music, and a lot of other activities outside. The event will also have potatoes for sale and food will also be available. New this year, the Snowy Bus will be at the event in the afternoon.

Inside the museum, there will be live music, local author Larry Gibbs signing copies of his new book, “Nebraska Sweet Beets: A History of Sugar Valley” and a bake sale highlighting many of the recipes in the Museum’s cookbook “Our Heritage through Food”. The exhibit hall will also be open and free thanks to exhibit sponsors Inland Truck Parts, WNCC, B&C Steel, Simmons Olson Law Firm, Bytes Computer and Network Solutions and Bill and Marsha Vaughan.

Every year the festival focuses on one particular crop, and this year’s highlighted crop is corn, and the festival will feature many pieces of harvest equipment. This includes a Farmall H with International Harvester Model 14-P, circa 1946-1951, with a corn picker and Brown Bus wagon, McCormick-Deering Model 100/101, an International Harvester corn sheller, and more. There will also be hand and horse-drawn corn harvest, along with other historic pieces of equipment.

The museum will also host a discussion on the history and development of seed corn and corn equipment with a slide presentation and artifacts from the museum archives at 7 p.m. n Wednesday, Sept. 16.

For more information, you can visit the museums website at or call at (308) 436-1989.

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