- Associated Press - Friday, August 8, 2014

HASTINGS, Neb. (AP) - Organizers are finishing last-minute preparations for this year’s Kool-Aid Days festival in Hastings.

This year will be the 17th annual festival, marking the 87th birthday of Nebraska’s official drink. The festival honors Edwin Perkins’ 1927 invention of Kool-Aid in Hastings. It begins Friday and runs through Sunday.

Highlights on the schedule include a parade, boat races, Kool-Aid After Dark at the Hastings Museum and the world’s largest Kool-Aid stand.

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