Neewollah Festival

Neewollah Festival

Kelby Crawford

Neewollah began in Independence, Kansas in 1919 as an alternative to trick-or-treat vandalism. According to the newspapers from 1918, vandalism was especially bad that year, and Neewollah was created to give kids a healthy option for their Halloween activities. For one full week, Neewollah entertains people from all walks of life, and Independence, a town around 11,000, becomes a city of over 80,000. This year, Neewollah is a 9-day celebration that includes 3 parades, a chili cook-off, a musical and queen’s pageant, carnival, concerts, arts and crafts show, Great Pumpkin and many more. “My favorite thing about going to Neewollah every year is the carnival. There are so many rides for me and my friends to enjoy.”(Crawford, Breanna) The festival normally held the last full week of October is topped off by one the biggest and grandest parades ever, a two-hour kaleidoscope of music, color, pageantry, and just good ol’ fun for all. Neewollah is only October 18-26, so don’t miss out on the last view days you have to go!

Neewollah also hosts the Marching Band Festival during this 9-day celebration and our very own Bulldogger Marching Band will be participating this Saturday, October 26. The Dewey Band will be competing for class Champion, with awards available for outstanding drum major, color guard, and percussion. There are 4 classes in this competition divided by band size. The Bands competing at Neewollah range in size from 17-147, and all bands are competing for Grand Champion. The Big Red Pride has been working extremely hard and putting in a lot of time for this competition. “We have been rehearsing each school day and 2 hours per week outside of school for approximately 10 weeks. We have learned 38 different sets on the field, with 3 memorized tunes that total about 600 counts.”(Mr. Tilus) Every band participating will be critique in both the parade and field show for visual and musical precision and general effect, meaning crowd engagement and showmanship. “We’ve had a successful season and are excited to join the prestigious competition at this event!”(Mr. Tilus) Everyone come out and support the Big Red Pride this Saturday while the compete for Grand Champion!