Tumbleweek Festival Oct. 17

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

HAIGLER, Neb. -- It's October -- and that means Tumbleweed Festival Time again in Haigler. The 8th annual Haigler Fall Tumbleweed Festival will be Saturday, October 17 on the Haigler Museum grounds south of Golden Rod Highway 34 and Porter Avenue. Everyone is invited for this traditional event of fun-filled and enjoyable activities, great live music, and delicious food. The museum grounds will be decorated for you, tents will be up, and flags will be flying. Event planners encourage you to bring your lawn chair for the afternoon activities. Admission is free but donations for Museum projects would be appreciated.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a decorated tumbleweed. All registered tumbleweeds will be displayed in front of the One-Room Schoolhouse Museum, and cash prizes will be awarded.

Schedule of Events:

The day begins with village wide garage sales from 9 a.m. to noon MT. Site maps will be available at The Station on Hwy. 34 and Porter Avenue and at the Haigler Country Cafe. Jellies, canned goods, fresh baked cookies, brownies, breads, and treats will be available to purchase. The Sunshine Thrift at the Cornerstone Center for Community Service will be having a $4 bag sale on merchandise, and the Mini-Mall shoppers will receive 50% off. The Haigler Depot Library at the Center will also be open.

Lunch begins at 1 p.m. under the tents on the museum grounds. New this year is a Chili Cook-Off. Your votes will choose the winner. If interested in being a contestant, contact LaNeta at 308-340-1689. Hot dogs, relish, & chips will also be served. The Haigler Golden Inn will be serving homemade pies with icecream.

Live music will be performed throughout the afternoon with The Garage Bunch Band from Burlington, Colorado, and special guest guitarist/songwriter Phalen Sanford of Benkelman, Nebraska. Afternoon activities include treasure hunts, horseshoe pitching, Maypole Merry-Go-Round rides, pumpkin decorating, games, face painting, and kids sparkly manicures.

New this year will be craft tents along with the Haigler Street Cat Assistance Program and Jellies/Baked goodies tents. There will be name drawings for many great prizes donated by community businesses and individuals throughout the tri-state area. Be sure to get your name in the jar. The annual Maypole Award will also be presented.

At 3:30 p.m., the traditional Tumbleweed / Spook Parade for kids of all ages (includes adults) will begin in front of the Country Schoolhouse Museum. People (costumed and plain), bicycles, tricycles, wagons, pull floats are all welcome; but no large motorized vehicles.

Open House at Haigler Museums:

Throughout the afternoon of Tumbleweed Festival, there is open house at the Haigler One Room Country Schoolhouse 67 South Museum, the Haigler Cornerstone Museum, The Station, and the Haigler Jail. Festival goers will find many new items on display inside the museums and also notice the new outside stucco and paint work at the Cornerstone Museum and the Station. Donations to support the museums are tax deductible through the Haigler Community Foundation.

It's Happening again in Haigler -- so come spend the day in Haigler on Saturday, Oct. 17, and enjoy the Tumbleweed Festival.

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