Kool-Aid Days 2019 will offer activities for all ages in a variety of indoor and outdoor venues in Hastings, celebrating the famous soft drink and the community’s role in its early development.
The 22nd annual festival begins Aug. 9 and continues into the afternoon of Aug. 11 in locations including downtown Hastings, the Hastings Museum, Lake Hastings and Pastime Lanes.
“Jamaican Me Smile” is the theme for this year’s celebration.
Here’s the hourly schedule:
1-5 p.m.: Special activities at Hastings Museum, 1330 N. Burlington Ave. Discounted admission is being offered throughout the weekend. Free activities will include a Kool-Aid stand (five original flavors), solar observing (weather permitting) and an Island Limbo contest. A separate admission, also discounted, is required for admission to the Lied Super Screen Theatre.
2-4 p.m.: Senior Fest for participants age 55 and up, Hastings City Auditorium, 400 N. Hastings Ave. Bingo, entertainment and Kool-Aid are planned.
6-8 p.m.: Klub Kool-Aid Sneak Peek event, Hastings City Auditorium. Members can beat the crowds and see Kool-Aid Man and Poppin’ Penelope’s balloon art, play the indoor games and enjoy food. Memberships are available at the door.
7 p.m.: The “Of Course We Can” .5k event begins and ends at First Street Brewing Co., 119 N. St. Joseph Ave. This event features a course of 1,640.42 feet and is for runners and walkers. Music will follow at the brewery from 9 p.m. to midnight.
7 a.m.: Registration for the annual Kool-Aid Classic Bicycle Tour, Highland Park behind Hastings Museum, 1330 N. Burlington Ave. The event starts and finishes behind the museum at 8 a.m. Riders can travel 20, 40 or 65 miles over scenic paved roads in the Hastings area. A registration fee will apply.
8 a.m. to noon: Farmer’s Market, Highland Park behind Hastings Museum.
9 a.m.: The Kool-Aid Days Grand Parade will kick off the day’s festivities in downtown Hastings. The announcer’s stand will be set up at Second Street and Denver Avenue.
9 a.m. to 8 p.m.: Discounted admission to Hastings Museum. Special activities from 1-5 p.m. include a Kool-Aid stand, solar observing (weather permitting), and a pineapple ring toss. Separate admission, also discounted, is required for the Lied Super Screen Theatre.w
9:15 a.m.: Registration for flying disc golf tournament sponsored by Hastings Parks and Recreation Department, Lake Hastings course near Hole No. 1. Play begins at 10 a.m. Novice/intermediate, masters (age 40 and up) and open/pro divisions of competition are available. Registration fee. For information call 402-461-2324.
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Lochland Car Show, Lochland Country Club, 601 W. Lochland Road. This annual event is for owners and lovers of classic cars and trucks, with competition for the People’s Choice Awards. The day will include face painting and balloon animals at 11 a.m. and the Oh Yeah Contest at noon. Awards are at 3:30 p.m.
The Kool-Aid Cruise departs from Lochland at 4:30 p.m. and makes several stops including at the Motorsport Park Hastings racetrack about 5:30 pm. The cruise ends at Brickyard Park.
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Free Kool-Aid Days trolley service will connect events in downtown Hastings with events at the Hastings Museum and Lochland Country Club.
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: The World’s Largest Kool-Aid Stand will be open for business in downtown Hastings. Visitors can buy a commemorative mug (those that change colors cost a little extra) and then refill it time after time throughout the day with one of 20 featured flavors. Sugar-free varieties will be offered, as well.
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Kool-Aid Days Kollectibles for sale, Hastings City Auditorium, 400 N. Hastings Ave. T-shirts, mugs, bags and various other Kool-Aid Days souvenirs will be for sale inside and outside the building.
10 a.m. to 4 p.m: Festival foods for sale, downtown Hastings. Shaved ice, kettle corn, ice cream, funnel cakes, barbecue, sandwiches and other offerings will be provided by vendors.
10 a.m to 4 p.m.: Nonprofit organization displays, downtown Hastings. Free games and giveaways are planned at some of their booths.
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Indoor games, Hastings City Auditorium. Participants buy tickets to play the games and then can redeem the tokens they earn for playing for a variety of prizes.
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Face painting, City Auditorium. The required tickets will be available for purchase inside and outside the auditorium.
10 a.m. to 4 pm.: Poppin’ Penelope will be making balloon animals, hats and other creations for visitors.
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Giant inflatables, field north of Masonic Center and across the street from the City Auditorium. Tickets will be available at the field or inside the City Auditorium.
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Sidewalk sales, downtown Hastings. Downtown merchants will display their wares outdoors after the grand parade concludes.
10:30 a.m.: Kwickest Kool-Aid Drinking Contest, downtown Hastings. Participants will compete to see who is the fastest Kool-Aid chugger in their age group. Winners will be announced at 1:30 p.m. on the main stage outside the City Auditorium.
10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.: Nebraska talent will be featured on the Tom Dinsdale Entertainment Stage outside the City Auditorium. The newly crowned Miss Kool-Aid Days 2020, Allison Baird, will be onstage emceeing throughout the day. The schedule is as follows:
— 10:30 a.m.: The Amazing Arthur (magic act)
— 11 a.m.: YWCA School of Dance
— 11:30 a.m.: Nolan Kohmetscher
— Noon: South Central Taekwando
— 1 p.m.: Nolan Kohmetscher
— 1:30 p.m.: Cute Kid and Kwickest Kool-Aid Drinking Contest announcements
— 2 p.m.: Amazing Arthur
— 2:30 p.m.: Heavy for the Vintage
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Historical Downtown Bus in operation, downtown Hastings. The last tour begins at 2:30. This 20-minute bus tour is presented by the Adams County Historical Society.
11 a.m.: Registration for Cute Kid Contest, Hastings City Auditorium upstairs. Babies and children in four age categories will compete on the auditorium stage for prizes and bragging rights, beginning at 11:45 a.m. All Cute Kids receive participation ribbons. Awards will be announced at 1:30 pm. on the main stage outdoors.
6 p.m.: The Hastings Tribune Presents Koncert Kool-Aid in the Brickyard Park amphitheater at D Street and Woodland Avenue. Park gates open at 6 p.m. Pre-show activities begin 7 p.m., and the concert by Luke Mills starts at 8, to be followed by fireworks. The World’s Largest Kool-Aid Stand will be set up in the park for the evening, along with food vendors and the Kool-Aid Kollectibles stand. Admission is free with any Kool-Aid Days 2019 mug or shirt. Otherwise, a small admission fee will be charged and comes with a coupon good for a mug. The fireworks show is supported by the Adams County Convention & Visitors Bureau.
7:30 a.m.: Registration for the Kool-Aid 5k and 1-Mile fun Run will begin at the Lake Hastings picnic pavilion. The run begins at 9 a.m. Prizes will be awarded in all age divisions.
9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.: Fun in the Sun Car Show, Pastime Lanes, 18th Street and Baltimore Avenue. Trophy presentation begins at 3:30.
9 a.m to 5 p.m: The Hastings Museum will be open, and special free Kool-Aid Days activities will be featured from 1-5. The Egg Drop Challenge runs 1-4 p.m., with the drop at 3:30. Beginning and Expert competition categories are offered. The event is open to the first 200 participants. Other free activities will include the Kool-Aid Stand and solar observing (weather permitting). Discounted admission to the museum and Lied Superscreen Theatre will be available throughout the day.
Noon to 3 p.m.: The Kool-Aid Days Trolley will provide free transportation between Lake Hastings, the Hastings Museum and the car show at Pastime Lanes.
Noon: The Kool-Aid Stand and Kollectibles will open at Lake Hastings and remain open until the Kardboard Boat Races end. Six Kool-Aid flavors will be featured. This will be the last chance to purchase Kool-Aid Kollectibles during the festival.
Noon until boat races end: Festival foods will be available from vendors at Lake Hastings.
Noon: Registration for Tom Dinsdale Kardboard Boat Races, Lake Hastings. Race heats begin at 2 p.m. Trophies will be awarded in many categories, including “Most Spectacular Sinking.” Boats will be on display beginning at noon. An awards ceremony will follow the races.