Boomerfest To Last From Noon Until 9 PM On April 21

WAYNE – After having to cancel the 2020 and 2021 events due to COVID-19, Boomerfest is making a return in full force this week.

Boomerfest 2022 will be on Thursday, April 21 from the Wayne City Auditorium located on the corner of 3rd and North Peart Streets.

Karissa Hays serves as executive director with Kinship Pointe.

The event is sponsored in part by a grant from the Wayne County Convention and Visitors Bureau along with corporate sponsors of Wayne Radio, LLC; Kinship Pointe; Providence Medical Center; State Nebraska Bank & Trust as well as Wayne CountryView Care and Rehabilitation.

“Then we have some retired community members that are involved and just have enjoyed this event when they were younger,” said Hays. “Now that they’re retired and have a little bit of time, they can help give back and makes it a really fun event. So, we have a wide range of different types of people we’re working with.”

Free will donations are being accepted to attend the event.

Around 30 vendors, who pay a table fee to attend, have been lined up from noon until 2 p.m.

The vendor fair normally starts in the morning but has been moved to the afternoon. Hays added the Vendor Fair will look like a Health Fair.

“So, you’re going to see a lot of different organizations that are going to be there to explain what services they provide and how they can be helpful to not only seniors but the population in general,” Hays added. “There’s lots of free giveaways at those vendor tables and some drawings.”

Snacks will be available during the entire event.

The PMC senior exercise group will be offering a demonstration to show what their class looks like at 12:30 p.m.

A 10-point pitch tournament with cash prizes will begin at 1 p.m. (North Meeting Room) along with a brownie sundae bar from 3 – 4 p.m. Also, from 4 – 7 there’ll be a caricature artist who will draw your portrait.

Boomerfest officials are excited to bring the event back following a two-year hiatus as all are welcome to attend, no matter your age.

The Burt Heithold Band will perform from 2 – 5 p.m. followed by the Embers Band between 6 – 9 p.m. again on Thursday from the City Auditorium.

“It is a fun event to be involved with,” Hays mentioned. “Then the actual day of Boomerfest, it’s just so enjoyable. We enjoy listening to the music and then like I said, they’ll pull you out on the dance floor, who’s ever there and teach you how to dance.”

Like Boomerfest-Elderfest on Facebook for more information. Contact Hays by calling Kinship Pointe at 402-375-1500 if you have any questions.


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