More permanent restroom facilities are being added to Husker Harvest Days for 2010. The thirty-third annual event will be held Sept. 14-16 on its permanent site located west of Grand Island, Nebraska. The show attracts visitors from across the United States and around the world.
The new restroom facilities are being constructed in a building that was formerly part of the Chief Industries display. The restrooms will be located between 7th and 8th streets on the northeast end of the exhibit field.
"Adding these new restrooms has been something we have wanted to do for several years," says Matt Jungmann, national events manager. "Everything came together this year and we are pleased to be able to build additional restroom facilities." (Check out Matt's video discussion of this site upgrade - just click on "play").
Visitor convenience and comfort have always been important to show managers and Husker Harvest Days already has one set of permanent restrooms between 4th and 5th streets in the southwest area of the exhibit field. These restrooms were added in the late 1990s and renovated in 2008.
The new restrooms will be slightly larger than the existing facilities. In addition to sinks, there will be extra hand-sanitizing locations within the restrooms and a baby-changing station in the ladies section.
G & T Construction, Van's Electric and Eberl's Mr. Rooter Plumbing and Drain, all Grand Island contractors, have been selected to complete the work. The Ag Institute of Nebraska (AIN) and Farm Progress Companies are financing the project.
Preparations for Husker Harvest Days are in full swing, with exhibitors making improvements to their lots. Site Manager and host farmer Roger Luebbe has been busy spraying the exhibit field for weeds, as well as working on grading roads and fixing drainage problems. "The site looks the best it ever has," comments Luebbe.
Field demonstration corn is on track to be harvested at the show. Twin-row corn will be harvested on Tuesday and Thursday with standard 30-inch-row corn planned for Wednesday. Husker Harvest Days is touted as a totally irrigated farm show. This year, the irrigation hasn't been used due to timely rains scheduled by Mother Nature. While there are several vital weeks left in corn development where irrigation will be needed if the rain stops, growing corn for three months without irrigation in the western corn belt is an anomaly.
Husker Harvest Days will be held September 14, 15 & 16, west of Grand Island, 1-1/2 miles north and 2 miles west of Alda in central Nebraska on Husker Highway. Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for ages 13-17, and ages 12 and under are free.