Find snacks, vendors and community spirit at Wayne's annual Boomerfest


Every year, community members of all ages gather at the Wayne City Auditorium to celebrate those who have attained their golden years. Previously known as "Elderfest," the 2024 festival will take place on April 18 from 12 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

As Elderfest, the event took place from 2004 until 2017 when a new committee changed the name to bring in the Baby Boomer generation and reinvigorate the event.

Through a vendor fair, pitch tournament and two bands, those in Wayne and the surrounding area are encouraged to attend the event to increase their social networks and thank Wayne County's senior residents for their contributions to the community.

The vendor fair kicks off the event, continuing from noon to 2 p.m. Around 25 vendors plan on attending the event to provide goods and information to attendees.

At 1 p.m., a 10-point pitch tournament will take place with cash prices. From 2 to 4:30 p.m., the Burt Heithold Band will play for the crowd. Cash drawings will occur during these hours. Following those events, a brownie sundae bar will take place from 3 to 4 p.m.

Rounding off the night is the Outback Variety Band from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The band plays rock and country favorites and its members, all from Nebraska, have been entertaining for over 35 years.

Snacks are available throughout the day.

Those putting on the event encourage everyone to stop by during the day as they can. Come for one event or come for several.

For more information on Boomerfest, visit the event's Facebook page at Boomerfest-Elderfest.