Shenfest 2022

7 a.m. - 9 p.m.
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Shenfest Sept. 24 “Imagine the Future”

     Shenfest 2022 theme is “Imagine the Future”. Shenandoah’s future is bright, and everyone is invited to celebrate Saturday September 24th.

     “This theme gives entrants in the parade a chance to look to the future to imagine the possibilities. Youth will especially have the opportunity to dream of what their future might hold,” said Shenandoah Chamber & Industry Association Marketing Director Shelly Warner. “Industry and businesses are expanding and growing in Shenandoah adding more jobs and a positive future.”

     A full day of activities is planned with the focal event, the 2 p.m. parade led by grand marshal Dr. Gary Connell, retiring Shenandoah veterinarian. An outstanding Shenandoah athlete and 1965 graduate he went on to attain his veterinarian degree from Iowa State University. He served Shenandoah livestock and pet owners for 49 years with compassion. His is a career that has had a positive impact on Shenandoah pets and their owners. He will be joined by his wife Jane of 52 years.

     Shenandoah Chamber & Industry Association at 619 W. Sheridan Avenue is accepting entries into the parade at their office or through email or by phone 712-246-3455. Entries are encouraged to send announcer comments to SCIA by email. Parade volunteers are needed on Friday late afternoon September 23 to help put out parade markers and Saturday to assist with the parade lineup at noon till the parade starts at 2 p.m. Parade entries should go to the corner of Clarinda Avenue and Center Street for parade check-in beginning at noon.  If they are late entries and haven’t given announcer comments, they can fill out a parade card there. Entries will be guided to their spot in the parade. High School and Middle School Bands lineup on Church St. and will be assisted by Shenandoah teachers. Shenandoah class reunions will be in full force in the parade this year with Mustang Homecoming the evening before.

     Following the parade marching band awards will be presented at the Everly Brother’s Childhood Home. The Everly Brothers Home will be open for tours starting at 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

     The Zmed Brothers of the Everly Brothers Experience will play at the Depot Restaurant following the parade. They will play Everly Brothers tunes plus much more. Later in the evening Union County Strings band will also play at the Depot.

     Shenfest day begins with the traditional Fireman’s Pancake Feed at the fire station on Sheridan Avenue 7- 10 a.m. Cost is $4 for children and $6 for adults.

      7:45 –8:15 a.m. Register for Shenandoah Medical Center Shenfest 3 Mile Fun Walk with 8 a.m. start or 3 Mile Fun Run with 8:30 a.m. state will be at Wabash Depot Sportsman’s Park. Prizes will follow the race. Entry forms can be picked up at SMC Wellness Center and SCIA.

      8:30 a.m. Alumni & Alum-not Tennis Tournament will be at Gee Park. Check in at 8 a.m. with cost $20 per team. For more information contact Mr. Daoust at Shenandoah High School   

     Forum to Revitalize Shenandoah is hosting the Priest Park games, arts, crafts, & antique vendors and food from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Garden City Farmers Market will also be setup at the park gazebo from 8 a.m. to noon.

    Shenandoah Education Foundation also has a fundraising golf tournament scheduled at Shenandoah Golf Course. Second annual Peter J. Weber “Swing for Education Golf Tournament” starts at 10 a.m. Fee is $100 per golfer. Register online at

     9 a.m. Shenfest Tractor Show across from Safety Center with Demos, Dash Plaques, and tractors are invited to enter the parade.

     Shenfest Car Show is a show and shine event this year running 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at 607 W Lowell Ave. There will be trophies for Best GM, Best Ford, Best Mo Par, and Best of Show Car and Truck. Sponsors are Doug Meyer Chevrolet, JB Auto Parts, Select Motors, Lance Cornelius State Farm, Earl May, and Red Oak Chrysler.

        11 a.m.-2p.m. Veterans Memorial Museum will be open at new location on 603 W. Lowell Avenue, with hot dog cookout fundraiser and DJ music outside next to the car show.

       Shenfest food court near city hall begins at 10 a.m. to parade time with DJ music. More vendors welcome. Contact SCIA 712-246-3455.

     Pre-Shenfest Events include Miss Shenandoah and Little Miss Shenandoah Pageant, Shenandoah High School Auditorium Sept. 18 at 4 p.m.

     Sept. 22, 6 p.m. “Night Out” sponsored by Eagles Club allows kids to see up close City and County Law Enforcement, Fire Dept., Rescue, Life Flight vehicles, Canine police demos, meet officers and rescue personnel, near Safety Center. They invite any businesses to join them. that evening.

     For more information visit the Shenandoah Chamber and Industry website or call 712-246-3455.

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