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Manning preparing for June 19-21 celebration

Festivities to include all-school reunion,
Kinderfest and Party on the Bricks
featuring Brad Morgan

Extensive plans are coming together for Manning's celebration weekend June 19-21-21 this summer when three major events will be held in the community.

High school alumni from across the country will head back to Manning Friday, June 19 for an all-school reunion to be held at the Hausbarn-Heritage Park. Entertainment for the evening will be provided by Fever and the Funkhouse featuring former music instructor Jeff Mount. Reunion planners also hope to feature entertainment by a reprise of Manning’s Blues Brothers. The reunion, which begins at 6 pm, will make use of the Hausbarn courtyard and the Konferenz Centre.

Organizers would like to compile a list of classes that will hold reunions during the weekend. Karen Kienast and Jean Stadtlander are collecting reunion dates and can answer questions alumni may have. An alumni track and field event is also in the planning stage. If you would like to help, let them know.

Saturday, June 20, will mark Manning’s132nd Kinderfest (Children’s Day) celebration. The day will begin with sporting competitions in the morning; 5k road race/walk and youth ball tournaments. The traditional parade of children will begin at 11:00 am followed by food, fun, and games for kids in the city park. Kinderfest activities will conclude at 5:00 pm.

The day will culminate with Party on the Bricks, a celebration of the 100th anniversary of Manning’s brick Main Street. The party will feature Manning’s Brad Morgan, a rising star in the music world, who will play for a street dance with beer garden. A stage for Morgan will be set up in the intersection of Third and Main Streets. The public will be able to party on the bricks one block north of the band on Main Street and one block east on Third Street. Morgan will perform with members of his Nashville band.

Sunday, June 21, will bring worship opportunities and a pancake breakfast at the Hausbarn-Heritage Park.

Many other activities will provide visitors with enjoyable experiences throughout the weekend. The list includes a tractor display and possible car show, weekend golf event, recognition of Manning’s historic train trestle, recognition of Century Farms, and showcasing the revitalization of Manning’s Main Street and historic buildings. Window displays will reflect high school classes and memorabilia. Posters in the windows will also display the history of the building and its former uses/occupants.

Community tours will allow the public to appreciate local progress, such as the new hospital, fire station and other construction. The tour will also highlight business growth and expansion, such as Plastico and PCE, and will showcase interior renovations at several of the historic Main Street buildings.

Main Street Manning and the Chamber of Commerce are funding the celebration; however, businesses and individuals are invited to help sponsor the events. Two levels of giving have been established – Gold Brick level is $1,000. It will provide the sponsor with eight tickets to concert and recognition on promotional materials for the celebration. Silver Brick level is $500. It provides four concert tickets and a level of recognition on promotion pieces. If you wish to become a sponsor, please contact Ron Reischl at

The massive celebration relies on volunteers, local and long distance. If you can help – with the alumni track event, the concert setup, Kinderfest, alumni activities or assist in any other way, please contact Reischl, Kienast at or Stadtlander at

As the celebration comes together updates can be found online at

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