Just because Plattsmouth Harvest Festival is 83 years old doesn’t mean it won’t have several new twists in this year’s celebration, Sept. 4-7.
In keeping with this year’s theme, Celebrating Harvest Time with a Bang!, a fireworks show is planned for 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5, on East Main Street.
“Night Vision Fireworks LLC will present the show across the railroad tracks,” said Terry Little, Korn Klub vice president. “It will be visible from Main Street, so people should bring their chairs and blankets and enjoy the show.”
The fireworks are courtesy of the city of Plattsmouth and the Kass Kounty King Korn Karnival Klub Inc., whose members plan the festival each year.
Korn Klub secretary Brian Harvey said the fireworks should last 15-20 minutes.
A Sumo Wrestling fund-raiser has also been added to this year’s lineup. There is a cost to participate, but proceeds will go to the Pulmonary Hypertension Association in honor of Alyssa Johnson, Plattsmouth High School student who passed away from the disease in January.
The event will take place from 2-4 p.m. between Fifth and Sixth Street on Main.
Pre-registration is urged, but not mandatory. Donation is $25 for 16-year-olds and older, and $10 for 11-15 year olds.
Another new fund-raiser is the car-bashing to be 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, on north Fourth Street by Cass County Courthouse. Proceeds will be used by the Korn Klub for the Harvest Festival.
Sunday evening, Hosanna Lutheran Church is also sponsoring a free community meal. The event is new to the festival and will be 5-7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 7, at Rhylander Park. There will also be several children’s games set up for the event.
Celebrants may also be mesmerized by Mike Prochnow, stage hypnotist, who wowed fans at this year’s county fair.
Prochnow is a certified hypnotist and hypnotherapist with the National Guild of Hypnotists.
“He drew a huge crowd at the fair and we’re looking forward to his presentation. Bring your lawn chairs,” Harvey said.
For those who like to shop, a Fall Indoor Arts and Flea Market has been added. It will be open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, at the Plattsmouth Middle School, 1724 Eighth Ave. This new market is sponsored by Friends of the PACK, Plattsmouth Community Schools and POPS Foundation.
According to PCS Superintendent Dr. Richard Hasty, the market has 15 vendors registered who offer a variety of antiques, collectibles, vintage and/or repurposed items, clothing, furniture, jewelry, crafts, cooking items, bling, skincare products, garden art and more.
Another surprise for this year’s festival is the return of the Farmers and Merchants Parade Friday.
It will follow the Kiddie Parade that starts at 1:15 p.m. and travels up Main Street from Fourth to Sixth Street.
“The Kiddie Parade has had a resurgence of interest and we hope there will be great participation in the Farmers and Merchants Parade. All the businesses have been contacted so we’re hoping for strong participation,” Harvey said. “It is open to everyone in Cass County who are farmers or merchants.”
Plattsmouth Garden Club has also added something new to its annual plant sale, flower show and photo contest at the First United Methodist Church, 702 Main Street.
The club has teamed with Plantman Nursery of Nehawka to offer a Perennial Plant Sale. Club members will still be donating items from their own yards in addition to the nursery items. Proceeds from this fund-raiser are used on club projects such as beautifying the local parks.
The Antique Tractor Show scheduled 2-6:30 p.m. Sept. 5 has expanded its display to add antique equipment and engines. The show follows the Farmers and Merchants Parade.
Festival goers won’t want to miss the Slow Tractor Pull race which occurs during the show.
These new and revived activities compliment an already popular lineup that includes coronation activities Sept. 4 on Main Street, carnival rides, the grand parade, bed races, water fights, award programs, live music, tractor pulls and contests.
“It’s going to be an extravaganza of a weekend,” Little said.
For a complete schedule and details of activities see pages C1-6 in today’s issue.