To mark the first day of summer, the Hastings Museum of Natural and Cultural History opened the first-ever permanent exhibit dedicated to Kool-Aid, the kid-favorite soft drink that is celebrating 75 years of fruity refreshment.
The exhibit includes the first Kool-Aid Man costume, some original Kool-Aid packaging, a fiber optic river of Kool-Aid and a theater that features classic Kool-Aid commercials.
Kool-Aid Man was the guest of honor at the Kool-Aid exhibit opening and cut the red ribbon, officially opening the exhibit to the public.
We first saw Kool-Aid Man's "pitcher"-perfect smile in a 1975 commercial when he crashed through a bowling alley wall to bring ice-cold Kool-Aid to thirsty kids. "Oh, Yeah!"
Kool-Aid was invented by Hastings resident, Edwin Perkins, in 1927.
Fun Facts: The top 5 Kool-Aid Cities are: St. Louis, MO; Memphis, TN; San Antonio, TX; New Orleans, LA; and Little Rock, AK. Every summer, the residents of the "official birthplace of Kool-Aid," Hastings, Nebraska, gather to honor the fruity beverage at "Kool-Aid Days," a three-day festival honoring the heritage of the kid-favorite beverage. Over the years, Kool-Aid has introduced 52 flavors. The original Kool-Aid flavors were: Cherry, Grape, Lemon-Lime, Orange, Raspberry, and Strawberry. 800 million packages of Kool-Aid are sold each year. 26 gallons of Kool-Aid are consumed every second during the summer season. Kool-Aid was named the "official soft drink of Nebraska" in 1998. Today, the most popular flavor of Kool-Aid is Tropical Punch. The newest flavor of Kool-Aid is new "Switchin' Secret," which features a secret color and secret flavor.