Organizers considered the 22nd annual Kool-Aid Days festival to be another success as they released numbers from the event on Tuesday.
Jessica Rohan, president of the Kool-Aid Days board of directors, said thousands of people from the city and beyond came out to partake in the three-day event.
“It was a great weekend with great support from the community,” she said. “The number of individuals who participated in the numerous events and attended activities throughout Hastings over the weekend is amazing. This is probably one of the best we’ve ever had.”
More than 1,600 gallons of Kool-Aid were served over the weekend, much of that from the World’s Largest Kool-Aid Stand that offered 20 different flavors. The top five flavors over the weekend were Grape, Jamaica, Tropical Punch, Sharkleberry Fin and Cherry.
Other statistics from the press release include:
More than 50 parade entries marched downtown to kick off Saturday’s event.
The Cutest Kid Contest had more than 70 entrants.
Around 150 more experienced Kool-Aid drinkers played bingo during SeniorFest on Friday.
The Kool-Aid Classic Bike Ride had 268 registrations, the second largest number of riders in the last 19 years.
More than 100 people participated in the 5k Fun Run & Walk.
A total of 2,213 people attended Luke Mills and the fireworks show at Koncert Kool-Aid.
The Hastings Museum had more than 1,600 attendees over the weekend. Around 1,000 participants tried the limbo and ring toss activities with 127 trying the Egg Drop activity on Sunday.
Participants created 14 cardboard crafts for the Kardboard Boat Race.
Brian Hoffman, who organized the boat race, said 14 is the highest number of boats he had seen participate in the five years he has helped with the event.
“We had some great organizations make some boats this year,” he said. “The participants make this thing go every year.”
Rohan said the committee will meet later to discuss what went well and what they may want to change next year. She said planning for the 2020 festival will begin in September.
“It really is a year-long process,” she said. “We want to continue to improve.”
Along with the board and volunteers, Rohan thanked the sponsors of the festival for making it possible.
“That’s the biggest thing from the board’s perspective,” she said. “Kool-Aid Days wouldn’t be what it is without them.”
For more information about the festival, visit www.kool-aiddays.com.