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Barn Festival set to return with new owner, slight changes

The festival staff are getting everything ready for the big weekends ahead, and while most things will remain the same as year’s past, there are a few changes.
Published: May. 11, 2022 at 9:43 PM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - The Barn Festival is less than a couple of weeks away and festival staff are getting everything ready for the big weekends ahead. While most things will remain the same as years past, there are a few slight changes to be looking forward to.

A portion of the warehouse attached to the Show Barn was planned to open up more for vendors. New festival owner Kara Parde said attendees could expect to see more vendors on the outside as well.

Additionally, there will be a ‘holding bin’ for customers to place purchased items in until they’re ready to call it a day.

Because of parking issues and traffic congestion, Parde said they made some changes this year to fix those problems.

“We’ve worked with the county and there’s a resolution in place that, for the one-mile from Prairie Lake to Idlewilde will be one way going north during the hours of the event,” she said. So, everybody that is driving to the event will need to come in from Prairie Lake on the south and come north.”

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There will also be a 23-passenger shuttle starting at the Adams County Fairgrounds taking people to and from the festival.

The festival will kick off starting on May 20, with early buying opening up at 9 a.m. for those who want to be the first to shop the event. Early buying tickets are $20 and grant admission for the other days of the show.

The regular hours start at noon that same Friday, with general admission prices being $5. The festival goes on from May 20-22 and May 27-29. Friday hours are from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., Saturdays are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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