Date: September 19-20, 2020
Location: Legacy of the Plains Museum
Admission: $5 person, under 12 is free
Now in its 24rd 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). There are demonstrations of antique equipment centering around the year’s featured crop – hay and livestock. 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. Available livestock for viewing will be chickens, miniature horses, and goats, . (In addition to the museum’s herd of longhorns.)
Inside, we will have live music, “Our Heritage through Food” cookbook, bake sale, and the Museum’s own Larry Gibbs will be sign his new book “Nebraska Sweet Beets: A History of Sugar Valley.” The Exhibit Hall will be open thanks to our sponsors: Inland Truck Parts, WNCC, B&C Steel, Bytes Computer and Network Solutions, Simmons Olson Law Firm, and Bill and Marsha Vaughan.
Hours of Operation: (events times subject to change)
SATURDAY , September 19 SUNDAY, September 20
9:00 Gates Open 9:00 – 10:00 am Church Service with Pastor Tim Hebbert
9:00 – 5:00 Potato Patch Open 10:00 – 4:00 Gates open and Potato Patch Open
9:00 – 4:30 Free Wagon Rides 10:00 – 4:30 Free Wagon Rides
9:30 – 11:00 Hand and Horse Drawn Corn 10:00 – 11:00 Hand and Horse Drawn Corn Harvest and Tractor Harvest Harvest and Tractor Harvest
10:00 – Noon Local musicians 10:00 – Noon Green Valley Homesteaders (Tentative)
1:00 – 2:00 Horse, Tractor & Equipment Parade 1:00 – 2:00 Horse , Tractor & Equipment Parade
2:00 – 4:00 Hand and Horse drawn Corn 2:00 – 4:00 Hand and Horse drawn Corn
Harvest and Tractor Harvest Harvest and Tractor Harvest