Wakefest To Offer Full Slate Of Family Events 

WAKEFIELD – A full day of fun for the entire family is being scheduled in a northeast Nebraska community on Saturday, August 21.

Previously known as Balloon N’ BBQ has been rebranded as Wakefest with no balloons this year but will feature bands, BBQ and cars in Wakefield, Nebraska.

Wakefest is sponsored and hosted by the Wakefield Community Club with funds being raised for Wakefield Youth Rec. The club is a group of local businesses and community members working to make Wakefield a great place to work, play and live.

Megan Weaver, Economic Development Director of Wakefield Progressive, Inc. talked more about Wakefield Youth Rec.

“They do all the youth activities from football, baseball, volleyball, soccer, those types of things for kids up through sixth grade,” said Weaver. “So, this event is a great opportunity for us to fundraise, kind of end the summer and kickoff all our fall sports.”

The morning will begin with the Michael Foods Wakefield Farms Chicken color run. The 5k race will start from Graves Park at 8 a.m. with bag pick-up starting at 7:15 a.m. Runners are asked to bring a non-perishable donation for the food bank during this free event as the first 75 runners will get a free swag bag.

Prior to the free Wakefest parade at 10 a.m. visit the fire hall for breakfast at 9 a.m. with a suggested donation of $5.

Adam Goos, director of the Little Red Hen Theatre highlighted the parade route.

“The parade will kickoff from Graves Park and it will go past our Care Center first on Ash Street,” said Goos. “Then it comes down fourth street to fourth and Main and then it continues south along our Main Street to the elementary school.”

Moving into the afternoon from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. take to Main Street for vendors and kids activities. Cost ranges from free to $3 for unlimited activities, according to Goos.

“We have bouncy houses, we have a game truck out of Omaha which is a 60-foot-long truck with about 20-30 different gaming consoles in it,” Goos added. “So, kids can board the truck and play games to their hearts delight.”

The Little Red Hen Theatre will also be turned into a laser tag arena for the day.

Other afternoon events include ‘No Time On My Hands: The Story of Grace’ at 11 a.m.; Wakefield Youth Rec Burger Battle at 11 a.m.; Car Show from noon until 3 p.m. as well as the Salem Lutheran Pie & Ice Cream Social at the Legion from noon until 3 p.m.

The 2021 Wakefield Youth Rec ‘Cornament’ (corn hole tournament) will begin at 2 p.m. Visit the Wakefield Youth Rec Facebook page to get signed up as the cost is $20 per team with a cash payout. The Tractor Pedal Pull for kids 12 and younger will also begin at 2 p.m.

Close out the evening with the BBQ Cook-off at 5 p.m. during the all-you-can-eat BBQ, a Latin band will also be performing at 5 p.m. on the northern end of the street festival with live music from Tegan Michael Nissen beginning around 6:30 p.m. and the headliner Billy McGuigan and the Downliners from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. A fireworks display will then conclude the evening around 10 p.m.

Cost for an adult ticket is $20 while student tickets for those age 11 – high school for the bands and BBQ is $10. Costs for an adult ticket at the gate at 5 p.m. will go up to $25.. An activity bracelet is only $5 for all ages while there is also a student combo ticket with activity pass (10 & Under) for $8 along with a student BBQ/concert ticket (10 & under) for $5.

Visit wakefieldcommunityclub.com or like WakeFest on Facebook for more information. Email wakefestnebraska@gmail.com or submit a message to the Wakefield Community Club on their website with any questions.

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