Prairie Loft hosts its 15th annual Harvestfest

Local4 News at Five Sunday
Published: Oct. 2, 2022 at 9:39 PM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - It’s harvest time in Nebraska and for some, family fun activities are the best ways to enjoy the season. The Prairie Loft Center staff invited Hastings and surrounding communities out to their facilities to celebrate 15 years of Harvestfest.

Many activities are offered through the event, all free of charge like interactive music and educational experiences for kids. Also, a new feature this year — Hastings College Glass Blowing Studio.

“This is an important event to get all kinds of people together for a different kind of afternoon in the fall. It’s a harvest celebration and we’ve got free admission, which makes it more accessible to more people and then we can come together and enjoy wagon rides, and farm animals, and food trucks, and kids activities and fun for the whole family,” said Amy Sandeen, executive director of Prairie Loft Center.

Sadeen has been apart of Harvestfest since it’s inception in 2007 and the property has been completely renovated while keeping traditionally values. Throughout the years it has become a really popular event that people enjoy, but the mission behind the event remains the same.

“This is a really good opportunity for people to interact up close with farm animals in a way that they’re not able to, and we’re here on a farm. We just harvested the soy beans and it’s a farm based activity, where a lot of folks from town don’t get to see that up close if they’re not farming themselves,” said Sandeen.

Sandeen said the festival is a great way to increase agriculture education and outdoor appreciation for all ages; and event sponsors also agree.

“It’s how people get food on their table. It’s how people we’re able to live. So farming touches a lot of families in ways you and I don’t even see. So, I think that’s a big part of what Harvestfest is about,” said Lane Bernstrauch, financial advisor for Englund and Lindsteadt.

Harvestfest sponsors told Local4 News the festival truly displays and what farmers do for the world.

Although each year continues to be successful, Sandeen said they are still looking to bring back some classics and potentially add something new.

“A few partners weren’t able to join us this time because of calendar conflict so some day we hope to bring back our sheep showing demos and the dairy association milking cow and some of the other events we’ve had here over the years. It’s just a matter of who’s available and is able to accept our invitation. Every year it’ll be a little different,” said Sandeen.