Grand Island's grandest fall tradition welcomes approximately 10,000 individuals into the community to shop, dine, and fill the streets of downtown with music.
The Harvest of Harmony Committee has been working with area band directors to revitalize this historic event, celebrating its 75th year in 2016.
Committee members say they are eager to make an even greater impression of Grand Island on visitors, but they are looking for volunteers to help make the event a success.
Volunteer positions include band guides, as well as people needed to help with staging and planning.
Harvest of Harmony dates back to 1938 when Chamber of Commerce members decided to organize an event to promote goodwill.
That first parade was a rousing success with eight bands and 13 floats in which estimates of 10,000 people watched from the streets. Just as Harvest of Harmony was getting off the ground, World War II began and ceased the parade for a few years in 1942, due to gas rationing. Once the war ended, Harvest of Harmony resumed in 1946 and added the ever popular queens’ pageant. Over the years, Harvest of Harmony has grown into one of Nebraska’s largest marching band competitions, televised live on NTV and sponsored by Tom Dinsdale Automotive.
If you are an individual or part of an organization or group who would like to get involved and continue make this historic event a success, contact Kristin Johnson at 308-382-9210 or firstname.lastname@example.org to learn about the various areas needing assistance.