Date: September 16-17, 2017
Location: Legacy of the Plains Museum
Admission: $5 per adult
Now in its 21st year, the annual Harvest Festival is one of the premier events on the western Nebraska calendar, held the third weekend of September every year. Thousands of travelers from throughout Nebraska and neighboring states come to Legacy of the Plains for a rare glimpse of antique farm machinery in action — and the chance for hands-on participation.
Harvest tubers to take home in the pick-your-own potato patch (price depends on the size of the container – prices TBA). There are demonstrations of antique equipment centering around the year’s featured crop – potatoes. Other aspects of the family-friendly event include daily parades of horse-drawn equipment and tractors; food vendors; demonstrations of blacksmithing; small engines, and corn shelling and grinding; and kids’ activities, including a hay bale fort, pedal tractor course, a barrel train ride, and games. A full schedule of 2017 events will be posted as the festival nears.
In addition to this year’s featured crop of potatoes, the museum is highlighting the legacy of T. J. Lockwood with special exhibits, displays, and an employee reunion.
Hours of Operation:
Friday, September 15, Lockwood Reunion from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday, September 16, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (preceded by 7 a.m. Kiwanis pancake breakfast)
Sunday, September 17, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (preceded by 9 a.m. church service)