Fourth Annual Bressler Fest Scheduled For This Sunday, July 12, At Bressler Park

WAYNE – Come celebrate the beauty and history of Bressler Park in Wayne on Sunday, July 12. From 6 – 9 p.m. there will be two bands performing in the southeast corner of Bressler Park. The duet “Unusual Too” will perform from 6 – 7 p.m. From 7 – 9 p.m. “E-Z-B Combo” will take the stage. Admission is free.

Typically, Bressler Fest would be held the four Sundays after Labor Day. Jill Brodersen, who has been the Promoter of Bressler Fest for all four years, explained why there will be a concert in July this year. Also, she assured the audience of their safety.

“With the COVID and so many people staying at home, we thought we should have a concert,” Brodersen said. “Just a chance to get out. Bressler Park is a big park, and so you can show up with your own chair and find your own spot away from everybody else.”

Brodersen mentioned that the reason the concerts are usually held after Labor Day is due to summer traveling.

She also talked about how this concert is great for all ages and how casual the viewing of the event can be.

“You can bring your chair, you can stay for a while, you can leave early. You can bring some food; you can bring your kids. When was the last time you could take your kids to a live music concert,” she asked rhetorically? “And they can run around and they can be noisy.”

Jill Brodersen elaborated on what people can expect from the group “Unusual Too.”

“Unusual Too is a band from Denver. Now, my son, Riley, is a local, Wayne is his home town. He has a band with Jess Hurley, and this band “Unusual Too.” They play a lot of popular songs and it’s just him on the guitar and her singing,” she explained.

Brodersen discussed what the band “E-Z-B Combo” specializes in.

“At 7 o’clock, it’s “E-Z-B Combo” and they are a Jazz-Funk band. They play a lot of songs from the 70’s and they have a couple of original songs that they’ll be playing,” Brodersen specified.

This year’s original plan was to have the July concert after the Chicken Show festivities. Now with the Chicken Show being postponed, Brodersen hopes for an even larger turnout. She noted that her and the Chamber of Commerce have been planning the July concert since May 2020, working with local health officials. The Chamber helps Brodersen with the handling of finances. They received a big break when the Wayne County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau granted them advertising money.

Bressler Park is located on 9th and Lincoln Streets. There will be restrooms available. Also, the audience can look forward to the delicious Tacos and More restaurant at the event. They plan on bringing a food truck.

For those wondering, there will still be four concerts following Labor Day. Those dates are September 13, 20, 27, and October 4. All those concerts will be from 6 – 8 p.m.

Brodersen commented that they are still looking for bands and sponsors for those four concerts. They are also looking for more sponsors for this Sunday. Sponsorships are only available for all five concerts. Sponsors help pay for the bands, equipment, and other costs. All leftover sponsorship money will go back to the Chamber of Commerce. If interested in becoming a Bressler Fest sponsor, call Jill Brodersen at 402-369-1304.

Also, in case of stormy weather, there is a rainout location set at The City Auditorium. For more information about Bressler Fest, visit their Facebook page.