Curtis, Nebraska, celebrates its "Country Paradise" status with its annual fall festival Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Leading the grand parade Saturday was Bill Bryant carrying the American flag, followed by the Medicine Valley Raiders Marching Band, drum majors and flag corps. Dave Smith, an agriculture production systems instructor at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture (NCTA) in Curtis for 39 years, was the parade marshal. Following him were NCTA student Katelyn Sughroue of Bartley, Nebraska, who is the newest Miss Kimball County Rodeo Queen; and mule skinner Terry Bangs of Curtis. Filling up the community's main street from side-to-side was the Meyer Flying Service's sprayer driven by Cody Most; tossing candy to throngs of waiting kids were Spencer Campbell and Marina Ovalle. Scooping up some of the goodies was Vince Mashek, the 3-year-old grandson of Jenny and Ted Mashek of Curtis. The itinerary for the three-day celebration included team roping, a quilt show, health fair, firefighters' breakfast, kiddie rides and games, a golf tournament, a sporting clay shoot and church services.