The rain stayed away and warm weather prevailed as thousands flocked to Hastings this weekend to celebrate the state's official soft drink at the Sweet 16 Kool-Aid Days festivities.
From Friday's Jammer races to Saturday's Koncert to Sunday's Kardboard boat races — and everything in between — participants of all ages basked in the warm glow of late summer fun, enjoying all there was to enjoy.
The 16 flavors of Kool-Aid being served at the World's Largest Kool-Aid Stand disappeared by the gallon, including concoctions like the "suicide" flavor served at Hastings Museum Sunday.
Kool-Aid Man was out in force throughout the weekend, sporting both his classic look design from years past and a bold new appearance mirroring his latest transformation in commercials. The gigantic Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Balloonicle showcasing Kool-Aid Man's pitcher-shaped image was back again this year, keeping a watchful eye over festivities near Hastings Auditorium and later at Lake Hastings for the Kardboard Boat Races.