Come join the celebration!

Please download and submit the Food Vendor Package and the Sex Offender Release to be considered for a spot at this year’s Kool-Aid Days Festival.

The annual Kool-Aid Days will be the 21st-23rd of August in Hastings, NE. The Kool-Aid Days festival was started to honor Edwin Perkins who invented the popular drink in 1927.

Food vendors are invited to be a part of the activities on Saturday, August 22 from 11 am to 5 pm at the Adams County Fairgrounds in Hastings. You will be located near the World’s Largest Kool-Aid Stand, the giant inflatables, and the Main Stage. Thousands of young and old Kool-Aid fans will be present.

In celebration of the 23rd KoolAid Days Festival, we are teaming up with the Oregon Trail Rodeo and holding our events together. We will once again have a concert and fireworks once the Rodeo is over. Food vendors are invited to be open for those festivities from 610 pm, with the concert starting at 7 pm.

We have continued to expand our marketing efforts through regional advertising in magazines, newspapers, radio and television. NTV will be providing on-air exposure in advance of the festival. There will be advertising through brochures and post cards distributed across Nebraska. Digital billboards will be seen in Lincoln, Omaha, Kearney and North Platte. This is all in addition to our strong web presence and social media outlets.

Food vendors are also invited to set up Sunday, August 23rd at Lake Hastings from 123 pm. There will be a 5k Run/Walk at 9 am and the KoolAid Kardboard Boat Races at 2 pm

Preference will be given to vendors who have participated with us in past Kool-Aid Days. Please fill out the application form and release form and mail it to the address on the form by July 1st. Be sure to include your registration fees with the application. If you have any questions, call us at 402-461-8405 or email

*The City of Hastings is reinstating the city occupation tax from food vendors. This $40 fee must be paid before July 15th to the City of Hastings.*