The 2017 Plattsmouth Harvest Festival Coronation Ceremony Sept. 7 in downtown Plattsmouth couldn’t have had any better weather than the 80-degree daytime temperatures that slowly dropped as the evening wore on.
The ceremony began at 7:30 p.m. with Korn Klub President Chad Aaron welcoming spectators to the pageant.
The Rev. Fr. Michael Houlihan from Church of the Holy Spirit delivered the blessing and Plattsmouth Mayor Paul Lambert shared his thoughts about the Harvest Festival with onlookers and took credit for the beautiful weather.
“This year’s theme of ‘Celebrating 150 Years of Harvesting the Good Life’ captures how for 150 years, Nebraska has offered the good life for those who wanted to work for it. Not all the times were easy, but they were always worth the fight,” Lambert said.
Over the past 150 years, “Many changes have taken place. Life has gotten easier in many ways with all the modern conveniences we have today – electricity, not candles; running water, not the outside pump; cars, not horses,” Lambert noted. “But as many things change, many things remain the same for the citizens of Cornland such as the strong work ethic of the citizens and the respect and honesty of our citizens. Cornland is as strong today as ever and getting stronger.”
Lambert noted that for 86 years, Plattsmouth has upheld the tradition of the Harvest Festival.
“We are here enjoying the freedom and prosperity of this great land. Let us not forget the efforts of the many who made this possible, the men and women who serve and have served in the armed forces of the United States and the many who made the ultimate sacrifice. We will never forget the citizens who lost their lives on 9/11. Let us remember the less fortunate people in Texas and the east coast who are enduring the forces of nature. While these folks are on our minds, let us still enjoy these next few days as we celebrate the Harvest Festival.”
After Aaron welcomed everyone to the celebration, the Master of Ceremonies Nancy Johnson announced the other members of the Korn Klub. They are Deb Null, first vice president; Rachel Parsons, vice president and former Harvest Festival queen; Susie Nielsen, secretary and former queen; Brian Harvey, treasurer; and Arline Anderson, Jill Dasher, Don Rhoden, Robert Wiles and Terry Little, members at large.
American Legion Post 56, VFW Post 2543, Police Department officers, Sheriff’s Office deputies, Plattsmouth Volunteer Fire Department and Plattsmouth EMS formed a Color Guard and posted the American Flag.
Bella Vochay, Plattsmouth High School Select singers, performed the National Anthem.
Past royalty walking in the procession included Janice Domingo Peterson, 1964 queen, and Terry Little, 2012 king.
The 2016-17 King and Queen Roger Schuette and Whitney Todd took to the stage to recognize Harvey as the Lord Chamberlain, and existing lords and ladies Arline Anderson, Joyce Foster, Deana Pohlmeier, Chad Aaron, Deborah Knopik Cindy Dougherty, Jill Dasher and Tina Harvey.
Brian Harvey announced the new Ladies of the Realm as Sandra Allgeier, Shari Dunlap and Tammy Lanum.
The new Lords of the Realm were knighted including John Baroni, Shane Jensen and Joel Little.
Students from Plattsmouth Community Schools and St. John the Baptist School walked in the procession before the 2017 King and Queen, George Blessing III and Gracie Kliegl were revealed. Blessing’s crown bearer was Nicole Schutte.
Also participating in the Coronation were Miss Plattsmouth and Harvest Festival Princess Sydnee Bell, Miss Eagle Dani Schreiber and Miss Murray and Cass County Princess Maddie Daly.
Harvest Festival Princesses April Graham and Bell proceeded Kliegl onto the stage.
The queen’s flower girls were Brityn McConnaughey, Finlee Fenton, Journey Fenton, Lucy Schmidt, Gabriella Hans, Tegan Betts, Gracelynn Morgan and Scarlett Bowman. The queen’s robe bearers were Callan Schmidt, Coy Nielsen, Gabriel Holman, Kevin Brant and Crew Hobscheidt.
The ceremony concluded with a presentation of the entire 2017 royal court.