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Color Guard, Grand Parade 1998
Color Guard, Grand Parade 1998

Neewollah (Independence)

This event held in Independence has grown from a mere Halloween celebration to a nine-day festival. It features three parades, one of which is two to three hours long. Community theater musical productions such as The Wizard of Oz, a talent show for Queen Neelah, and the coronation of the queen are constant features. Professional musical entertainment and games such as the Neewollah medallion hunt add to the festivities. Held continuously since 1958, it is a revival of the original Neewollah begun in 1918 as an attractive alternative to the vandalism of trick-or-treat. The project includes a videotape of highlights from the 1994 Neewollah, an illustrated 18-page history, programs and brochures, a poster, news clippings, and a number of souvenirs, including buttons and a banner.

Originally submitted by: Sam Brownback, Senator.

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