Hay and livestock featured at harvest festival

This weekend the Legacy of the Plains/Farm And Ranch Museum will host its 17th Annual Harvest Festival in Gering. The harvest festival will be held on Saturday and Sunday at the museum in Gering. This year's event will feature hay and livestock production. The two have been a staple in the valley in the mid 1800's. Historian Jack Preston says the two entities are interconnected.

For the second time, the festival will be enhanced by the participation of the University of Nebraska Panhandle Research and Extension Center's Expo.

This year's harvest festival will feature the pick your own potato patch, livestock displays, hay rack rides, pedal tractors, along with having livestock on display. Legacy of the Plains Executive Director Katie Bradshaw says the event has broad appeal.

Historic horse and tractor powered equipment will be used to show hay production. Rick Henderson will among the volunteers who will use his Belgian draft horses - Laura and Lester to pull the horse drawn hay equipment.

This year's harvest festival will feature the Kiwanis pancake breakfast Saturday morning at 7am, the horse-drawn vehicles and vintage tractor parade will be held both days at 1pm. A church service will be offered Sunday morning at 9 am.

Admission to the harvest festival is $3 per person, while free for members, exhibitors and children under 10.

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