World’s Largest Kool-Aid Stand
11 am - 5 pm, and 6 pm – 11:30pm - Fairgrounds
Buy a commemorative mug for $2 or $4 (color-changing) or a Kool-Aid Days stainless steel water bottle and drink as much as you want of 20 flavors of Kool-Aid!
Non-Profit Organization Displays
11 am - 5 pm - Fairgrounds
Don’t miss a visit with local non-profits. FREE games and giveaways await!
Kool-Aid Days Kollectibles
11 am - 5 pm, and 6 pm - 10pm
Visit the Kool-Aid Days Kollectables booth to buy T-shirts, mugs, and many more items commemorating the festival and Nebraska’s Official Soft Drink!
Festival Food Vendors
11 am - 5 pm, and 6 pm - 10pm - Fairgrounds
Shaved Ice, Funnel Cakes, Ice Cream, BBQ, Sandwiches, and more!
Giant Inflatables and Indoor Games
11 am - 5 pm
Giant inflatables fill the field for kids and adults to romp and climb. Test your skill and win prizes around the Adams County Fairgrounds.
Face Painting and Balloon Artist
11 am – 5 pm - Fairgrounds
What festival is truly complete without face painting!? Choose from a variety of designs.
Witness the talents our balloon artist has to offer. Come get your free balloon creation!
Kwickest Kool-Aid Drinking Contest
11:00-11:30 am Registration
*Preliminary rounds start at 12:30 and are divided into age groups. Flight times for each age group will be posted upon completion of registration*
How quick are you? Final heats and award ceremonies with prizes for contestants in four age categories.
Koncert Kool-Aid: Blue Collar Band & Fireworks
After Rodeo - Fairgrounds Grand Stands
Featuring an Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, and a Cajon, The Blue Collar Band offers a sound that is unique. This sound, combined with 3-part harmonies and some of the best vocals around, will keep the crowd engaged from the very first song until the last one. The band focuses on country music, from current top 40 to the classics, plus originals, and other genres. Come out to a show, support live local music, as well as the venues that support live music and we promise you'll have a good time! Fireworks to follow.
The Kool-Aid Days Trolley
11 am - 5 pm
The Kool-Aid Days Trolley connects all events downtown, the Adams County Fairgrounds, Lochland Country Club and the Hastings Museum.
Hastings Farmers Market
8 am - Noon - Hastings Museum
Area farmers gather behind Hastings Museum to offer the freshest of produce and homemade foods to festival attendees.
Flying Disc Golf Tournament
Registration 9:30 am – Start 10 am - Hastings Lake
The Hastings Department of Parks & Recreation hosts a tournament on their flying disc golf course at Lake Hastings. $10 Novice/Intermediate entry fee, $20 Masters (40+) entry fee, and $30 Open/Pro entry fee.
Registration is by hole #1 at the Lake. Shotgun start. 402-461-2324
Lochland Car Show and Cruise
Registration 10 am - Noon • Show & Shine 10 am– 4 pm
We’re excited to host the annual Lochland Car Show. Show off your favorite classic car or truck and compete for the top People’s Choice Awards, and enjoy live entertainment with grill stations and a beer garden. The Kool-Aid Cruise departs at 4:30 p.m., and makes several stops. Register by calling 402-462-4151 or visit lochlandcc.com.
Kool-Aid Days Grand Parade
10:00 am - Downtown Hastings
Marching bands and more from all over Nebraska join the procession down Second Street in Downtown Hastings to kick off the biggest day of the festival and welcome Kool-Aid Man. Announcer’s stand at Denver Ave.