‘Create and Celebrate’ this weekend at Prairie Fest

Ronna Lawless

Since 1994, Huxley has been hosting its annual Prairie Festival. This year, the theme “Create and Celebrate” is apparent in the long list of fun, food, activities and entertainment.

The festival starts Friday night at 5. Of course, the food vendors and beer tent will be open. It’s also the start of lots of fun, family activities, including alpacas, face painting, Becca the Balloon Lady, 4-H interactive exhibits, LEGO® and duct tape contests, and inflatables.

At 5:30, the Onion Creek Cloggers will perform in the amphitheater. Palestine Lutheran Church is sponsoring an ice cream social from 6-8, and the Texas Roadhouse Rib Eating Contest will be held at 6 p.m.

Friday night, in the Entertainment Tent, enjoy “Cocktails and Canvas Painting” from 6-8, and there’s no cover charge for DJ Randy Larsen from 8 to midnight.

Saturday’s activities begin at 7 a.m. with a pancake breakfast, sponsored by Beta Sigma Phi. Pancakes will be served until 9:30 a.m. at the fire station.

The 5k/10k Road Race, sponsored by HERO, will begin at 7:30 a.m. at Centennial Park.

The parade starts at 10 a.m. After the parade, check out the dunk tank, craft and vendor show, video game trailer and inflatables. Food vendors will open after the parade, and Fjeldberg Lutheran Church is hosting an Adam’s Rib Lunch until 1 p.m.

There will be plenty of activities Saturday afternoon. From noon to 3, Ballard Creek is hosting a car show and ice cream social. From noon to 4, check out the Hovick Farm Petting Zoo near the water tower. From noon to 1, there will be a tae kwon do demonstration at the amphitheater. And tournaments for horseshoes and sand volleyball will be held from noon to 4.

The kids’ pedal tractor pull, sponsored by HERO, will be from 12:30-2 on First Street next to Huxley Communications. Amy’s School of Dance will hold a performance in the amphitheater from 1-2 p.m. Stick around the amphitheater for eating contests, sponsored by Sandy’s Grill, from 2-3 p.m. From 4-6 p.m., the amphitheater will be the site of Huxley’s Candy Pageant. And from 2-5, Fjeldberg Lutheran Church will be hosting “Human Foosball.”

Saturday night will be full of food, fun and entertainment, with the Huxley Fire and Rescue Hog Roast taking place at the fire station from 4:30-7:30, where the High Society Jazz Band will offer entertainment from 5-7. From 6-8, an ice cream social, sponsored by Trinity United Methodist Church, will be held at Railroad Park. The beer tent will be open from 5-midnight.

Entertainment on Saturday night will include hypnotist Ray Thompson from 6:30-8:30 at the amphitheater. A teen dance (for high school students only) will be held at the fire station from 8-11. And ‘80s hair band After Shock will perform from 8-midnight in the Entertainment Tent.

Prairie Fest will wrap up on Sunday with a community worship service at Railroad Park from 10-11 a.m. A water ski show will take place at Dream Lake starting at 1 p.m., and the Kona Ice Truck will be there too. A Community Band and Chorus performance will conclude the festivities and will be held at the high school at 2 p.m.