By Naomy Snider
Henderson was bustling with activity after activity this weekend during Henderson Community Days.
Locals and people from afar came to participate in the 126e city festival.
The events began Friday with the opening of the doors to the Friesen Gallery Art Show and the Mennonite Heritage Park. There were several opportunities to cool off at the Henderson Pool or in the downtown park where Kona Ice served up snow cones.
Golfers got out their golf clubs for an evening on the Galaway Creek Golf Course, and families rocked the block in their roller skates and bikes.
A series of events took place on Saturday. The festivities began with a pancake meal at 6 a.m. for the early risers. The feeding lasted a few hours. It was the perfect time for the runners taking part in the 5k color run and they needed to grab a bite before the big parade.
After the parade there was Heartland’s popular FFA tractor show. Children ages 4 to 12 competed for a spot to participate in the Nebraska State Fair Children’s Tractor Pull.
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The crafts and vendors fair as well as food trucks were also taking place at Downtown Park. Craft fair coordinator Reesa Real said there were 26 vendors and 4 food trucks selling treats and produce at the craft fair.
Cheryl Ratzlaff, consultant to 31 Bags and Gifts, also known as Henderson’s “authentic bag lady”, said she had a lot of success at the Henderson Craft Show. Ratzlaff has been selling bags, purses and wallets at the salon for five years.
She said: ‘After last year’s devastating storm people were at home cleaning up their lawns. Good to see so many families out and having fun this year.
Steps from the craft fair, there were inflatables and games organized in the downtown park, and a free hot dog meal was served by the CVA gas station.
Another big Henderson Community Days event was the Show and Shine Car Show. Participants and spectators from all over the state came to experience the best classics.
Aurora car enthusiast Bob Dudley said, “It’s a nice, cool place to come. They feed me well and the people are friendly.
When we thought Henderson Community Days couldn’t get any better, there was a fireworks display with music at Lakeview Park on Saturday night.
The weekend ended with a community church service in the downtown park and a scramble golf tournament for two.