Date and location to change for Kool-Aid Days

HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) With a shakeup on the Kool-Aid Days Board and the need for more man power there is some big changes coming for next year's festival. Instead of being outside the Hastings Auditorium as it has for the last 20 years, it will be moved to the Adams County Fairgrounds where it will be going on the same weekend as the Oregon Trail Rodeo.

Organizers said the 2020 Kool-Aid Days event will be held at the Adams County Fairgrounds the same weekend as the Oregon Trail Rodeo. (SOURCE: kool-aiddays.com)

Three members of the Kool-Aid Days board decided to move on and step down this year and the board now has some big shoes to fill. With a need for more volunteers and many talks with city organizations the board agreed to work together with the rodeo. The board is looking forward to what the rodeo can bring to their guests like the educational part of their competitions and what Kool-Aid Days can offer to rodeo patrons.

“Kool-aid days is a fun festival but we also like to tie in some educational things and this was a perfect opportunity for them to bring something back that they've done in previous years and also to expand on our festival. What parent wouldn't love a festival that is teaching their kids new things?” Board President Marissa Sitzmore said.

The festival will now be a week later and the rodeo a week earlier in August. The main goal is to share volunteers and space.

“I think it's going to benefit both boards. There's a large amount of space out there. Parking is less of a factor and as we all know that's a big thing. Still within the city,” Sitzmore said.

She said there still will be a lot of fan favorite events like the boat races at the lake and games. But the Kool-Aid stand will stay more stationary at the fairgrounds. There are talks to share the costs of the concert and fireworks. The location of the parade is still being discussed along with other new features to the festival.