Anna Lindstrom of Broken Bow High School is one of twenty candidates for Miss Harvest of Harmony as part of the Harvest of Harmony Festival in Grand Island.
Anna is involved in speech, art club, and the high school band and jazz band. She is on the Honor Roll and a member of the National Honor Society. Anna received the NCPA Academic All-State award. Anna is a member of the track and cross-country team.
Anna plans to major in biology and studio art in college so she may later go to medical school and residency for surgery. Her goal is to be able to participate in third-world medical missions.
According to the Harvest of Harmony website, the parade’s roots start back in 1938 when Grand Island Chamber members decided to organize an event to promote goodwill among the area small towns. That first parade, initially named the Central Nebraska Music Festival, was a rousing success with eight bands and 13 floats. An estimated 10,000 people were watching from the streets of Grand Island.
Just as the event was getting started, World War II began. The parade ceased from 1942-1945, due to gas rationing. Once the war ended, the parade resumed in 1946 with a new name, Harvest of Harmony, and added the ever-popular Miss Harvest of Harmony Pageant.
Over the years, Harvest of Harmony has grown into one of Nebraska’s largest events. The culmination of the parade’s popularity was evident in 1996 as Harvest of Harmony broke an existing record and claimed a spot in the Guinness Book of Records as “highest number of bands marching in a parade” with 130 bands.
As for those original eight bands that began in 1938, they’ve been back each and every year.
Following the suspension of Harvest of Harmony last year due to COVID-19, this year’s theme is “We Are All Superheros.” The festivities begin with float judging on Friday, October 1 at 5 PM at Thomspon Arena followed by the Harvest of Harmony Pageant at College Park at 7 PM. Saturday events begin at 8:15 AM in downtown Grand Island with the Parade Steps Off and concludes at Grand Island Senior High with the Field Competition at 10 AM.
For more details on the Harvest of Harmony visit https://www.gichamber.com/HarvestOfHarmonyParade
Loup City is the lone school in the KCNI/KBBN coverage area competing in the field competition. They will perform at 11:15 AM.