Sunday, October 13, 2013



     Rain or shine—it’s Tumbleweed Festival time again in Haigler, Nebraska…..

     The 6th annual Haigler Fall Tumbleweed Festival will be held Saturday, October 19, 2013, on the Haigler Museum grounds south of Highway 34 and Porter Avenue.  Tents, tables, hay bales, pumpkins, scarecrows, music, food, and lots of activities await your arrival.  Festival-goers are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs and come enjoy this wonderful day of celebration.  There are no admission fees—just free will donations that will help fund the Haigler Museum projects.  The festival committee is hoping for a warm, sunny day—but the event will be held regardless of weather (just moved inside the buildings if necessary).

     Schedule of events include neighborhood garage sales from 9 a.m.-noon MDT.  Tri-State Auction will also be conducting an auction of Haigler Elementary School contents and other consignor items.  The Elementary School is for sale, and will be open for attendees to tour the facility.  Maps will be available at ‘the station’ on Hwy.34.  Tables filled with pumpkins of all sizes, jams, jellies, canned goodies, and fresh baked cookies, breads, and treats will be available to purchase—and some available at afternoon auction.

     Attendees are encouraged to bring a decorated tumbleweed to be displayed.  Cash prizes will be given.

     Lunch begins at 1 p.m. with pulled pork sandwiches, hot dogs, potato salad, baked beans, pickles, chips, and drinks.  Slices of delicious homemade pies topped with scoops of ice cream will also be served at the Golden Inn Senior Center.   An addition to the festival this year will be sales of cotton candy and snow cones.  Throughout the afternoon, live music will be performed by former Haiglerite LaVoine Smith and The Garage Bunch Band from Burlington, Colorado.

     Other activities include treasure hunts, maypole merry-go-round rides, horseshoe pitching, pumpkin decorating, ticket drawings for many great prizes donated by community businesses and individuals, and the presentation of the Maypole Award.  Homemade pies and goodies as well as other items will be auctioned throughout the afternoon.  New to the festival last year was the art show—which met with such success; it has grown even bigger and better this year.  Attendees can view art work on display—and some for sale-- in the museums and the Golden Inn Senior Center.  Local artists, including area students, look forward to seeing you.

     At 3:30 p.m. the Tumbleweed/Spook Parade for kids of all ages (including adults) will begin in front of the Country Schoolhouse Museum.  People (costumed and plain), bicycles, tricycles, wagons, pull floats are all welcome, but no large motorized vehicles.

     Throughout the afternoon of the Tumbleweed Festival, there is open house at both the completed Haigler Country Schoolhouse 67 South Museum and the developing Haigler Cornerstone Museum .   The first Tumbleweed Festival in 2008 was held as a fundraiser for the Country Schoolhouse Museum.  This project was completed in October of 2010; however, festival attendees will find many new items on display, including an Abraham Lincoln bust from the first Haigler pioneer school of the 1800’s.  This is the second year for the developing Haigler Cornerstone Museum—whose mission is to collect, preserve and display artifacts that reflect the history of our southwestern Nebraska farming and ranching community.  Many wonderful artifacts continue to be donated by individuals, families, and businesses.  Attendees will see many new additions and changes since their last visit, and some surprises.

     The community is invited to come see all the displays in the museums, and enjoy the activities of the 6th Annual Haigler Fall Tumbleweed Festival.  Anyone wishing to donate dollars and/or items for the museums may contact the Carlocks at 308-297-3226; email:, or mail:  PO Box 144, Haigler, NE 69030.  All donations are tax deductible through the Dundy County Community Foundation.     

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