This year’s Prairie Fest in Huxley has a little something for everyone: Great food, entertainment, competitive events and the annual parade, which begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday. This will mark the 24th year for the town’s annual celebration, and community organizers couldn’t be more excited.


“I enjoy seeing the kids having fun, the coming together of the community, and the fun entertainment,” said Kelly Wiech, one of the organizers of the annual event. “We start meeting in January, with one meeting a month until August, and we usually meet three times in August. We typically have a committee of 6-10 people and around 50 volunteers for the information booth, beer tent and 5k/10k race.”


Prairie Fest kicks off on Friday night at 5 p.m. with food vendors, inflatables, balloons and a petting zoo — plenty of attractions to keep kids busy until the Movie in the Park at 8:30 p.m. (“Sherlock Gnomes”).


For the adults, committee member Marsha Wright Skinner is excited about the new wine and beer tasting event on Friday night underneath the entertainment tent from 6 to 8 p.m., sponsored by Prairie Moon Winery, Backcountry Winery and Fenceline Beer Lab.


If competition is what you enjoy, there will be plenty of opportunities for that as well. Friday night features a bags tournament at 8 p.m. and Saturday offers a 5K/10K race, food eating contests, sand volleyball tournament and a horseshoe tournament.


If you like music and comedy, the community band and chorus kicks things off at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday at the PPP 4-H Amphitheater, followed by several music and comedy acts throughout the afternoon and evening back at the entertainment tent.


Be sure to support the Huxley Fire and Rescue too, which hosts a pair of events on Saturday evening — a silent auction from 3 to 7 p.m. and a hog roast from 4:30 to 7:30, along with music from Dixie Slicks.


Hypnotist Ray Thompson is sure to be a crowd favorite at 9 p.m. back at the Amphitheater, climaxing a wall-to-wall schedule of entertainment.


“We will start serving at noon on Saturday, with musicians and comedians performing under the entertainment tent starting at 3:30 p.m.,” said Marsha Wright Skinner. “Best of all, there’s free entry all weekend.”


The weekend’s events conclude on Sunday with the Community Worship Service at Nord Kalsem Park, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.


You can view a full schedule of the weekend’s events at huxleyprairiefest.com.