6th Annual Wakonda Indian Festival Returns October 6th


The Wakonda Indian Festival at Glen Elder State Park is returning for its 6th year on Saturday, October 3, 2020. Sponsored by the Waconda Cultural Association with a grant from the Solomon Valley Community Foundation and other donors, the festival will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Osage Park.

Native American dancers and drummers will alternate their performances throughout the day. They include: (Greg Victors (Wichita War dancer/educator of the Ponca Nations); Haskell Indian Nations University dancers from Lawrence will provide: Prairie Chicken Dance; Women’s Buckskin Dance; Men’s Southern Straight Dance; and Lakota Jingle Dance and Ron Brave presenting an Oglala Lakota Sioux drumming circle.

Indian Tacos (fry bread) will be available for purchase as well as authentic Indian jewelry and crafts. The Kitkahaki Band of Pawnee will demonstrate teepee construction and history. A spiritual service with the Kitkahaki Band is possible at 10:00 a.m. Sunday, October 4 (TBA). All performances subject to change. Check the WCA Facebook page for updates. Bring lawn chairs and masks for social distancing. Some activities are under tents.
Park pass required (day pass $5). Admission is free.

Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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