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October 21 - 29, 2022

Neewollah - Independence, Kansas
Neewollah carnival and street vendors
Neewollah - Independence, Kansas

Neewollah (which is Halloween spelled backwards) began in Independence, Kansas in 1919 to provide positive activities for young people in place of Halloween pranks. Today Neewollah is an 9 day celebration which includes 3 parades, a chili cook off, a musical & queen's pageant,  carnival, concerts, arts and crafts show, Great Pumpkin contest and more. The most interesting activities (to me) are Saturday's Grand Parade and the marching band competition. The theme of the festival for 2022 is "Big Adventures."

The Neewollah Grand Parade is on the final weekend of the event. People start setting their chairs along the parade route hours in advance and by the start of the parade the crowd along the route is 5 deep. The parade runs nearly 2 hours. Since there is also a band competition in the afternoon, marching bands from 3 states participate. The only thing which could make the parade better is more use of the Halloween theme.

20 of the 26 bands in the 2011 Grand Parade participated in the Marching Band Festival and it ran most of the afternoon at the Independence Community College and high school football field. The 2022 Neewollah Grand Parade and Marching Band Festival take place 2 days before Halloween - Saturday, October 29. The Grand Parade will be at 11 AM and the Marching Band Festival at 1:30 PM. Both events are free.

Arts crafts tents - Neewollah
Neewollah has 30 - 35 arts and crafts booths

Independence Bulldog Marching Band
The Indy Bulldog Marching Band leads off the Neewollah Grand Parade

Queens float at Neewollah in Independence, Kansas
Her Majesty Queen Neelah 2011, Emely Flores Hendrick and her Court

antique car and travel trailer

Apes driving tractors
Oliver and McCormick tractors

Neewollah parade
Case tractor and Halloween inflatable

Ghost float in Neewollah parade
Winner of the Generalissmo's Trophy

Neodesha Bluestreak Marching Band - Neewollah
Neodesha Bluestreak Marching Band performing at the Marching Band Festival

Neewollah web site
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