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.