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  • 2022 Harvest of Harmony
    Parade, Pageant, and Field Competition

    Saturday, October 1, 2022

  • 2022 Harvest of Harmony Results



    Harvest of Harmony Information



  • Harvest of Harmony Parade


    This year's parade is set to step off at 8:15 a.m. on Saturday, October 1st. 

    This year's theme is "Marching through the Decades" to honor
    80 years of the Harvest of Harmony and 150 years of Grand Island.


    The Harvest of Harmony Parade is sponsored by Century 21 Realty



    For many years, the Harvest of Harmony Parade has been broadcast live by local television stations. This has been a unique and added bonus for participating bands, floats, and dignitaries. Unfortunately, we were advised in 2021 by NTV that they are not able to broadcast the Parade due to copyright and synchronization laws that have been brought to the forefront. The Harvest of Harmony committee will continue to explore other options that allow individuals from across the state, country, and world to view the parade 'live.' 



  • Harvest of Harmony Field Competition


    The field competition is set to start at 10 a.m. on Saturday, October 1st,
    and will take place at Grand Island Senior High's Memorial Stadium.

    The Harvest of Harmony Field Competition is sponsored by Big Red Treats



  • Harvest of Harmony Pageant


    The pageant program will take place at 7 p.m. on Friday,
    September 30th, and will take place at College Park.






  • Judi Nelson
    Grand Marshal



  • Meet the Float Judges

  • Amanda Kreutzer Amanda Kreutzer


    Amanda has been an interior designer with CMBA Architects for seven years. She is originally from Nebraska City, and holds a Bachelor of Science in Design from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She serves on YWCA of Grand Island’s Board of Directors, is a graduate of Leadership Tomorrow’s Class 35, and a recipient of Grand Island Chamber of Commerce’s Top 35 Under 35. Amanda is a proud wife of Matthew and mother to Adelaide, Margaret, and Eleanor. Never having one set hobby Amanda is constantly finding something new to try and excel at, but she is an enthusiast of travel, art and architecture, avoiding the dirty dishes, and of late, embroidery. 

    Chris Hochstetler Chris Hochstetler


    Chris Hochstetler is the Executive Director for Stuhr Museum in Grand Island. He was born and raised in Grand Island and returned to his hometown to lead the Stuhr Museum after being away for 33 years. Chris had a twenty-year career in the U.S. Army and retired in 2006. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies and History from the University of Maryland and a Master of Public Administration.

    He serves on the Board of Directors for the Greater Grand Island Community Foundation, Nebraskans for the Arts, University of Nebraska Medical Center Board of Counselors, Nebraska Museums Association, the Hastings Arts Council, and is the Board President for Prairie Loft Center for Outdoor and Agriculture Learning in Hastings.

    Chris is a watercolor artist and has two adult children, Hayley, and Tanner.  

    Jacki Proctor Jacki Proctor


    Jacki Proctor is a native of Grand Island with a long family history in this community. She left shortly after graduating high school and spent many years traveling the world before returning home three years ago. Jacki holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Studio Art and Art History and a Masters of Education in Experiential Learning & Development. Jacki is a working artist and developing a creative arts center with her partner Chris, as well as an art teacher at Walnut Middle School.

    She has two grown children, a son who works in information technology in Santa Monica CA and a daughter who is active duty with the Air Force currently stationed in Northern California. She also has two small grandsons. 

  • The History of Harvest of Harmony

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    The parade's roots start back in 1938 when 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 in 1942, 1943, 1944 and 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.



    The Harvest of Harmony is coordinated by the Grand Island Area Chamber of Commerce with the help of the Harvest of Harmony committee. Each year, the committee meets monthly starting in March to begin planning for the parade.

    The Harvest of Harmony committee selects a theme meant to represent Grand Island and the current development taking place in the community.

    A grand marshal (or more than one) is also selected by the committee, sometimes in relation to the selected theme.







    1963 —  When You Wish Upon a Star     2002 —  Honoring Everyday Heroes
    1974 —  Nebraskaland...Visions of Tomorrow 2003 —  Thanks for the Memories, 10/11
    1975 —  Say It With Music 2004 —  ACTS OF KINDNESS---“Serving Others in the Heartland”
    1978 —  A Tribute to Big Brass Bands and Barnam & Bailey 2005 —  Uniquely Nebraskan – Celebrating People, Places & Events
    1979 —  It’s a Small, Small World 2006 —  Mardi Gras – “Isle de Grande” -65th year
    1980 —  United We Can, Together We Stand 2007 —  Celebration of 150 years of Hall County Settlement “Reflecting Back... Looking Forward”
    1981 —  Reflection of the Golden Years 2008 —  Festivals, Family and Fun!
    1982 —  The All AmericaCity 2009 —  A World of Harmony and Happiness
    1983 —  Shine on Harvest Moon-Salute to Ag 2010 —  Harvest of Pride- Saluting Nebraska’s Men, Women, and Families of the Armed Services
    1984 —  Music-The International Voice 2011 —  Celebrating Agriculture in the Heartland
    1985 —  Merry Go Rounds and Clowns 2012 —  Soaring through the Heartland –Choppers, Planes and Cranes
    1986 —  Nebraska, We’ve Got the Spirit 2013 —  Nebraska’s Youth – Our Shining Stars
    1987 —  Our Friends, the Animals 2014 —  From Pages to Parade… Making Characters Come Alive
    1988 —  Looking Up, Feeling Great, Celebrate ‘88 2015 —  Superhero Adventures…What’s Your Superpower?
    1989 —  We the People 2016 —  Our Diamond Jubilee – An Illustrious Past and A Bright Future
    1990 —  A Melody to Remember 2017 —  Nebraska! Let’s Celebrate 150 Years!
    1991 —  50 Years of Harmony 2018 —  There’s No Place Like Space
    1992 —  125 Ways to Love Nebraska 2019 —  Building Dreams, Friendships and Memories!
    1993 —  Ethnic Cultures on Parade 2020 —  **No parade held due to the COVID-19 Pandemic
    1994 —  Nebraska’s Youth, the Future 2021 —  We Are All Superheroes
    1995 —  Freedom on Parade 2022 —  Marching through the Decades
    1996 —  The Spirit of Grand IslanD
    1997 —  Masquerade on Parade
    1998 —  Big Red Marches On
    1999 —  A Parade of Years Past
    2000 —  A Tour of the Heartland
    2001 —  Hobbies...the Spice of Life




    The Harvest of Harmony kicks off with the Alumni Band. Jack Moore, who owned a music shop in town, founded the Alumni Band.

    Judi Nelson now leads the Alumni Band and has done so for the past 26 years. The number of participants varies from 20 to 40 members, and they practice together for three Sunday nights before the parade.

    As a tradition, the Alumni Band is always the first band to march in the parade.







    The stars of the Harvest of Harmony parade are other bands from high schools all across Nebraska that travel to Grand Island to participate on the first Saturday in October.

    Harvest of Harmony is a Nebraska State Athletic Association sanctioned parade and field competition.

    Many high school bands view the Harvest of Harmony as a great practice for their state competitions or just a fun experience to perform in front of thousands of cheering spectators.

    Each year, the Harvest of Harmony Committee selects judges for the field and parade competition.





    Area communities, businesses, clubs, service organizations and individuals can participate by entering a decorated float relating to the parade theme. These groups have the option between three different floats: walking units, a single vehicle or towed decorated floats.

    On Friday before the parade, judges view the participating floats and award prizes in the civic, school, children, and business categories. An additional award includes the Marshal's Choice.






    Another important tradition, which takes place the day before the parade, is the Harvest of Harmony Pageant. Each year, contestants represent their schools in the pageant and go through various activities and events.

    The girls start their morning with a five-minute interview and staging practice. At the end of the day-long event, the judges announce the top five contestants, then the Miss Harvest of Harmony.

    All the pageant candidates ride in the parade, with Miss Harvest of Harmony with a crown, sash, and flowers.




    1946 — Delorice France Gothenburg                1991 —  Kendra Quandt Davenport
    1947 — Lee Ellen Creasman McCook   1992 —  Tamara Weitzel St. Paul
    1948 — Patty Royer Grand Island Senior High   1993 —  Laura Pohlmann Deshler
    1949 — Erma Storm Fairmont   1994 —  Megan Ripp Centura (Cairo)
    1950 — Loretta Morrison Central City   1995 —  Kelli Seeman Aurora
    1951 — Violet Inselman Columbus   1996 —  Lisa Riley Wood River
    1952 — Maren Larson St. Paul   1997 —  Amanda Johnson Shickley
    1953 — Lila Emry Shelton   1998 —  Rhonda Wrzenski Wolbach
    1954 — Marlene Brandt Curtis   1999 —  Kellie Ann Carr Burwell
    1955 — Grace Kunes Ravenna   2000 —  Kimbrie Vlach North Loup - Scotia
    1956 — Linda Lous Oakeson St. Paul   2001 —  Alysia Marie Wardyn St. Paul (Farwell)
    1957 — Joan Sipes Columbus   2002 —  Kara Larson Hampton
    1958 — Rose Ann Shaughnessy St. Paul   2003 —  Leann Bolte McCool Junction
    1959 — Karen Kay Schwenk St. Paul (St. Libory)   2004 —  Courtney Nichols Wheeler Central
    1960 — Connie Stubbs Boelus   2005 —  Nadine Crook Peru
    1961 — Susan Moore York   2006 —  Lyndsey Foster Broken Bow
    1962 — Eileen Ross Callaway   2007 —  Tayler Fahey Ord
    1963 — Sylvia Anderson Holdredge    2008 —  Alexandra Goltz Aurora
    1964 — Linda Peterson Stromsburg   2009 —  Allie Skidmore Fairbury
    1965 — Linda Jean Monnington Overton   2010 —  Shelbea Mamot Palmer
    1966 — JoAnn Casperson Boelus   2011 —  Morgan Malander Fullerton
    1967 — Patty Collins Broken Bow   2012 —  Alyssa Wetovick Fullerton
    1968 — Marsha Votipka Exeter   2013 —  Jessica Schaaf Broken Bow
    1969 — Nancy Walker Gibbon   2014 —  Alyssa Faber Aurora
    1970 — Patti Lanik Wahoo Neumann   2015 — Macy Peregrine Fullerton
    1971 — Debbie Carpenter Broken Bow   2016 —     
    1972 — Susan Kaliff York   2017 —     
    1973 — Monica Willman York   2018 —     
    1974 — Carol Lessig Aurora   2019 —     
    1975 — Sarah Reynolds St. Paul   2020 — ** No Pageant due to COVID-19
    1976 — Nancy Jo Pontine Clay Center   2021 —     
    1977 — Jeanette Meyer Syracuse   2022 —     
    1978 — Tina Rudolf Palmer        
    1979 — Danelle Black Hastings        
    1980 — Lori Jepson St. Paul        
    1981 — Denise Knee North Loup-Scotia        
    1982 — Lois Vech Ericson        
    1983 — Dayna Dee Rathman Wood River        
    1984 — Lisa Daake Elm Creek         
    1985 — Tonja Jacobsen Marquette        
    1986 — Nicole Mentink Osceola        
    1987 — Angela Keogh Trumbull        
    1988 —  Sonja McDowell Trumbull        
    1989 — Karry Hegwood Hastings        
    1990 — Jacey Eads Clay Center