For 61 years, Hastings College has hosted the Melody Round-Up Parade in conjunction with its Homecoming celebration. To be held in downtown Hastings on Saturday, September 15, at 10 a.m., the parade will start at the corner of 4th Street and Colorado Ave., proceed west to Hastings Ave., turn onto 2nd St. and conclude at the intersection of 2nd and Colorado Ave. Immediately following the parade, Hastings College and Dutton-Lainson will serve free root beer floats in Dutton-Lainson Plaza (2nd Street & St. Joseph Avenue) as part of Floats after the Floats. At approximately 11:30 a.m. in the plaza, the Hastings College Department of Music will announce the parade awards.
Floats after the Floats are but one of the many special activities Hastings College has scheduled for its Celebration Weekend during which the College’s marks not only its 2012 Homecoming but also the 130th anniversary of its founding and the inauguration of its 15th president, Dennis C. Trotter. A full list of the weekend activities is available at www.hastings.edu/celebrate.
The following bands are scheduled participate in the 2012 Melody Round-Up Parade:
Blue Hill High School William McMurtry
Deshler High School Debra Pohlmann
Doniphan-Trumbull Public School Don Alcorn
Friend Jr. High School Harley Mohlman
Greeley-Wolbach High School Mark Hiebner
Hastings College Daniel Laing
Hastings High School Erin Beave/Rick Matticks
Hastings St. Cecilia Ben Veilleux
Red Cloud High School Kathryn Wiest
Sandy Creek High School Andy Schneider
Shelby/Rising City High School Heather Hultgren
South Platte High School Jody Ziola
Winside High School Kathy Hansen
Corporate sponsors for the 2012 Melody Round-Up Parade include David & Associates, the Hastings Downtown Business Improvement District, Dutton-Lainson Company/Cornhusker Press/Rinder Printing/Showcase/Hastings Equity, Five Points Bank of Hastings, Heritage Bank, Idea Bank Marketing and Moore Music.