|Windmills to be featured at 2014 Bandana Ball|
|January 30, 2014 Jerry Purvis|
The Bandana Benefit Ball, a popular event in the early spring, is back again on Feb. 15 at the Gering Civic Center.
The ball started around 2002 at the Farm And Ranch Museum, when it was only a workshop and small office. But this year’s event is the first for the combined Legacy of the Plains Museum, after FARM and the North Platte Valley Museum became one entity last year.
Both museums featured outdoor windmill exhibits, so that icon of the western landscape has been incorporated into the décor for this year’s ball with the theme “Voices on the Prairie Wind.” Miniature windmills, one to three feet high, will also serve as table decorations.
LPM assistant director Nancy Haney said the Bandana Ball is an important fundraiser for the museum. It provides income for operating expenses and educational programming like the Trip Through Time for area kindergartners and FARMhands on History for fourth graders.
The Bandana Benefit Ball starts at 5:30 p.m. with a social time, followed by dinner at 6:15 p.m. Live entertainment will also be featured.
About 7 p.m. the bidding starts. Both live and silent auctions will sell a wide variety of donated items, including a flat screen television, a refurbished vintage Radio Flyer wagon, tools, artwork, a French meal for six with George and Barb Schlothauer, and even a reproduction of one of the museum’s antique quilts from the Civil War era.
“The ‘feeding frenzy’ is always popular,” Haney said. “It features gift certificates from everyone’s favorite restaurants in the area.”
Tickets for the ball are $30 and will not be available at the door. Outlets include LPM at 2930 Old Oregon Trail in Gering and Main Street Market in Scottsbluff. Residents in the Morrill area can purchase tickets from museum board member Jim Duncan. He can be reached at (308) 247-2712.
“The event started out very small, but it’s grown into something people really enjoy attending,” Haney said. “People hear the word ‘ball’ and think they have to dress for it. But for this ball, you put on your best jeans and a clean shirt.”
The museum is still seeking to borrow model windmills to serve as decorations. For more information or to donate items for the auction, call the museum at (308) 436-1989.