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Haigler gearing up for Tumbleweed Festival

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Haigler, Nebraska celebrates its history during its fifth annual Tumbleweed Festival Saturday, Oct. 13. People are encouraged to decorate their "Halloweed" pumpkins and/or their tumbleweeds. Proceeds from the festival will help finance the development of the community's Cornerstone Museum. (Courtesy photos)
HAIGLER, Nebraska -- The community of Haigler, Nebraska, plans its fifth annual "Tumbleweed Festival" Saturday on the Haigler Museum grounds south of Highway 34 and Porter Avenue.

All activities are free of charge; free-will donations will help fund Haigler Cornerstone Museum projects.

Festival-goers are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs and, to win cash prizes, their own decorated tumbleweeds.

Activities throughout the day will include treasure hunts, horseshoe pitching, carousel rides on the maypole merry-go-round and the presentations of the annual "Maypole Awards."

Community businesses and individuals have donated items to be raffled off, and LaVoine Smith, formerly of Haigler, and the Garage Bunch Band of Burlington, Colorado, will play.

A new activity this year is an open art show in the Country Schoolhouse Museum. The list of artists who will display their work includes Charlie Mulligan and Meg Peterson of Haigler; Grace Powell of Parks; Bill Coe of Max; and Margie Chance of Yuma Colorado.

If the weather is bad, events will be moved inside.

Activities will follow this schedule (all times are Mountain Time):

9 a.m.-noon -- Neighborhood garage sales; maps will be available at "The Station" on Highway 34. The Golden Inn Senior Center will be the site for Dove Chocolate, Premier Jewelry, Avon and Upper Case Living decorator sales. Merchants and sellers will also offer pumpkins, jams, jellies, canned goodies and fresh-baked cookies, breads and treats.

1 p.m. -- Lunch of barbecue sloppy joes, hot dogs, homemade dill pickles, chips and drinks on the museum grounds. Also on the menu will be homemade pie with ice cream.

3:30 p.m. -- The Tumbleweed/Spook Parade, for all ages, on bikes and trikes and in wagons and strollers. Pull floats are encouraged, but no large motorized vehicles.

Throughout the afternoon, volunteers plan open houses at the Haigler Country Schoolhouse and the developing Haigler Cornerstone Museum.

Coordinator LaNeta Carlock said the first fall Tumbleweed Festival in 2008 was a fund-raiser for the schoolhouse museum. With its completion in October 2010, festivals since then have supported the beginning of the Cornerstone museum, whose mission it is to collect, preserve and display artifacts that reflect the history of Haigler -- the "cornerstone" of Nebraska -- and the surrounding farm and ranch community.

Visitors will notice new additions to the grounds, including an original pioneer ditch slip bucket, a horse-drawn ice cutter, walking plows and a tower for a wooden-wheeled windmill.

Donated artifacts include bound copies of "The Haigler Newspaper," the original Haigler long-distance phone booth, cook stoves, cream separators, saddles, jugs, tools and the safe and ledger from the Haigler "Drover's State Bank."

The most recent additions inside the Cornerstone Museum are more display cases, Haigler Eagles memorabilia, the life-sized horses displaying harness sets, a metal doll house with all the furnishings, mannequins displaying military uniforms of World War I and the Korean War, an authentic World War II Army blanket and cot, Parks post office items and the original pot-bellied stove and bell from the Sanborn Country School.

Anyone wishing to donate items to either museum may contact LaNeta and Stan Carlock at (308) 297-3226; carlock@bwtelcom.net; or P.O. Box 144, Haigler, NE 69030.

All donations are tax deductible through the Dundy County Community Foundation.

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