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Whoopers & Hoopers Basketball Tournament www.hastingschamber.com

The largest adult 5x5 basketball tournament in the Midwest is held in March. From beginners to elite players, over 140 teams from across the country travel to Hastings for their three-day weekend tournament.

Kool-Aid Days
www.kool-aiddays.com

The August Kool-Aid Days Festival includes events such as kardboard boat races, free concerts, family-oriented vendors, games and community booths, as well as the world’s largest Kool-Aid stand.

The Downtown Celebration of Lights
www.hastingsdowntown.com

In November, the Downtown Celebration of Lights offers a great way to kick off the holiday season. As Santa makes his grand entrance onto 2nd Street, music fills the air and white lights outline historic buildings against the night sky. Food vendors, face painting and entertainment round out this family event.

The Adams County Fairfest
www.adamscountyfairgrounds.com

Adams County Fairfest always includes concerts from well-known performers and the excitement of demolition derbies and tractor pulls with festival foods and carnival rides. The PRCA Oregon Trail Rodeo is held the last full weekend in August, providing an opportunity for everyone to appreciate a sport that has a big part in the heritage of the state.

Attractions

The following attractions are available for the enjoyment of residents and visitors alike throughout the year:

Hastings Museum
HastingsMuseum.org

The Hastings Museum is the largest municipal museum between Chicago and Denver. The museum features dozens of animal species set in their natural habitats and chronicles the history of the early inhabitants of the Nebraska plains, from Paleo-Indians to Euro-Americans. The museum also provides a look back at the creatures that used to roam this area and swim in Cretaceous Sea. Visitors also can discover how Kool-Aid, the famous soft drink invented in Hastings, came to be such a success. The museum also includes a digital planetarium and a large-format theater with a 65-foot-wide screen.

The Hastings Family YMCA
www.hastingsymca.net

The Hastings Family YMCA provides two great places for families to participate in fun and fitness activities and provides a variety of activities for all ages. Between the 16th and 18th Street locations, the YMCA has 167,000 square feet of space where you can run, jump and play. Some major attractions include an indoor pool, an indoor track, four basketball gyms, wee village, two trampolines and a two-story climbing maze.

In addition to our amazing facilities, the YMCA also offers dozens of programs to support youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Its programs for people of all ages include youth and adult sports, swim lessons, water exercise, water therapy, fitness classes, personal training, healthy living initiatives, preschool, after school child care for ages K-6, active older adult classes and social events.

Historic Tours

One of Hastings’s greatest forms of wealth is its rich history. Self-guided tours of the World War II Ammunition Depot, which was the world’s largest during that time, and the Downtown Walking Tour provide an in-depth look at the industries and architecture that have shaped the city you see today.

Pioneer Spirit Trail
www.cityofhastings.org/departments/parks-and-recreation/pioneer-spirit-trail.html

A wide, paved meandering path connects historic Downtown to Heartwell Park, Hastings College, Libs Park, then heads north to include Bill Smith Softball Complex, shopping, dining and lodging in north Hastings.

Hastings Community Theatre
www.hctheatre.org

The Hastings Community Theatre has been entertaining the community of Hastings with live comedy, musicals and drama for over 50 years, providing an opportunity for performers and patrons alike. This all-volunteer organization presents four or five live performances each year on the HCT stage and also provides theatre experiences for grade school through high school aged students each summer through the HCT Kids program. Check the website for information regarding season productions and summer programs for students.

The Hastings Symphony Orchestra
www.hastingssymphony.com

The Hastings Symphony Orchestra has concerts throughout the year. Two are free to the community as a gift from the orchestra to Hastings residents, encouraging community involvement and appreciation of the arts.

The Smith Softball Complex
www.cityofhastings.org/parks/smith-softball-complex.html

The Smith Softball Complex is adjacent to the Softball Hall of Fame, which is home to the Nebraska Softball Association. This premier facility welcomes thousands of softball enthusiasts and their families throughout the spring, summer and fall at all levels both competitive and recreational.

The Hastings Aquacourt
www.cityofhastings.org

The Hastings Aquacourt has it all. Visit for a day of fun or rent the facility to have an exclusive party. The park includes a wave pool, diving boards, family water slides, flute slide, tube slide, drop slide, lazy river and concession stand.

Motorsport Park Hastings
www.racemph.com

Motorsport Park Hastings offers just what racing fans are looking for in this popular sport. MPH is a multi-million dollar racing facility including a 2.14 mile, 14-turn track, drawing racing enthusiasts from all over the nation. From motorcycles to vintage race cars MPH roars with excitement.

Lake Hastings
www.cityofhastings.org/departments/parks-and-recreation/

Lake Hastings offers a wide variety of wet and dry recreational activities. This beautiful park covers 68 acres. Picnic shelter rentals are available for $35 per day, including electricity and grill, drinking water and picnic tables. Other amenities include Pioneer Spirit Hike/Bike Trail, fishing, disc golf course, restrooms, grills, playground equipment, boating and a sand volleyball court.

WWII Naval Ammunition Depot NAD

Igloo-shaped, earth-covered bunkers stand dormant along U.S. Highway 6 just a short drive east of Hastings. Rich in historical significance, these bunkers protected ammunition produced here during World War II. The Naval Ammunition Depot known locally as “The NAD,” was the largest of four munitions depots in the country and was known for supplying 40 percent of the Navy’s ammunition supply at one point during WWII.

A local NAD historian is available for step-on tours and presentations for a fee. Interpretive materials, such as self-guided tour/historical brochures and DVDs, are also available. For more information, call the Adams County Convention and Visitors Bureau at (402) 461-2370.

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