It’s a celebration which was years in the making. Now, it’s just days away.
The Petersburg Q125 Celebration will be held June 29, 30 and July 1, sure to draw visitors from near and far.
Activities get underway Friday afternoon with a Golf Hole-in-One contest.
Official opening ceremonies (Main St.) are scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. Activities to follow include a beard contest and Parade of Historic Attire; Talent/Variety Show, 7:30 p.m.; Sandy Creek Bluegrass Band/free barbecue, 4:30 to 7 p.m. Fireworks at dusk will conclude Friday activities.
On Saturday, June 30, a Fun Run will get things started at 7:45 a.m. Among the other activities that day are a co-ed sand volleyball tourney, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; lunch stand at park/downtown, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; garden tour and tour of homes, 9 a.m. to 12 noon; outhouse races, 10 a.m.; tractor cade, 10 a.m.; poker run (Knotty Pine), 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; style show at school gym, 1 p.m.; pie social, fire hall, 1-3 p.m.; golf hole-in-one qualifying, 1-3 p.m./finals 3:30 p.m.; old-time baseball game, 4 p.m.; and a hot air balloon display (park). Alumni banquets will be held at Werner Hall starting at 6 p.m. Other evening events are a Q125 auction, 8:15 p.m., followed by parade of historic attire; and a dance featuring The Rumbles dance from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Sunday activities will feature a breakfast at fire hall, 8 a.m.-12 noon; car show, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.; worship service, Werner Hall, 10 a.m.; Army helicopter display (park); and a military fly-over, 1:30 p.m.
The Grand Parade will begin at 2 p.m., followed by kids games/contests, and announcement of winners.
Food booths and beer gardens will be available all three days. Clothing museum will be at St. John’s School. Rae Valley Heritage will have a display. A gun show will be open Saturday and Sunday (old grocery store), and there will be a carnival all three days.
Souvenirs will be available at the information center at the old grocery store on Main St.
The Q125 celebration is sponsored by the Petersburg Community Club.
Antelope County’s only Fourth of July celebration will begin Friday and continue for five nights.
The Neligh Young Men’s Club will again sport the 40th year of the Old Mill Days celebration which will culminate with a fireworks display on July 4.
The celebration kicks off Friday night, June 29, with a cruise night and movie which will conclude with participats visiting the drive-in theater at dusk.
Among the other items on the schedule are:
Saturday, June 30
• Riverside Park will host a demolition derby in front of the grandstand. Competitiion will feature cars from the 1980s and newer, fullsize no weld and full size pickups. Pits will open at 2 p.m. A calcutta and derby are scheduled to start at 5 p.m. A raffle sponsored by NYMC will be held. The winner will have an opportunity to drive the NYMC car in the feature race of the evening.
A beer garden will be open, starting Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. Live entertainment will be part of the festivities after the derby.
Sunday, July 1
A Sunday morning pancake feed will be held at the Riverside Park pavilion, starting at 8 a.m. and continuing til 1 p.m.
The American Legion Riders will be sponsoring a poker run that morning, Participants will meet at the pavilion beginning at 9 a.m.
Tuesday, July 3
A scavenger hunt will be held, starting at 7 p.m. on the west side of the courthouse. Also during the day there will be sidewalk sales. That evening, a street dance will be held from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m. featuring “Dylan and the Dirt Road Detour.”
Wednesday, July 4
The local Lions Club will serve breakfast and lunch at the Neligh Senior Center, beginning at 7 a.m. The courthouse lawn will be the site of an ice cream social, starting at 11 a.m.
Also in the morning will be a fishing contest beginning at 9 a.m. at Fred Penn Park. The annual parade will begin at noon. Another popular event are the stoplight drags at the airport. The drags will run from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. The main event of the evening will be the fireworks display at the airport, beginning at dark.
The Elgin City Council will hold their regular monthly meeting on Monday night, July 2.
Among the items on the agenda are:
• Insurance renewal
• Water study and arsenic levels
• Street paving
• Possible paving assessment for sidewalk replacement
• Sealed bids for City lot
• Estimates for roof repairs
• Bud’s Sanitary Service recycling program
The meeting, scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m., is open to the public.
Construction work began Monday, June 25, on Highway 14 from Albion to Petersburg.
The work will consist of milling and resurfacing the asphalt to 28’ wide. Traffic on this 12-mile highway improvement project will be controlled by one-lane work zones and flaggers where necessary. Anticipated completion is late fall. Drivers are urged to use caution at this and all construction zones, according to Highway Project Manager David Anderson.
Visit the 511 webpage at www.511.nebraska.gov or dial 511 or 800-906-9069 to get the most current updates on highway conditions.
The 2012 Elgin High School Alumni Banquet was held on Saturday, June 23, at the KC Hall in Elgin.
A total of 81 alumni, spouses and guests from all over the United States attended the 7 p.m. banquet.
Prior to the banquet, an open house was held at Elgin Public Schools. Laurie Schindler Waterbury, Class of 1980, served as the master of ceremonies. Randy Nelson, Class of 1980, gave the prayer and then L Bar B Steakhouse of Clearwater served a delicious meal.
Following the meal, EHS Principal Adam Patrick was introduced along with the 2012 alumni committee. Bessie Nissen Hawks, Class of 1929, was recognized as the oldest alumnus present and she was presented with a floral bouquet.
Phyllis Kinney, Class of 1943, gave the welcome to the Class of 2012 and Connor Kinney, a 2012 graduate, gave the response.
EHS student, Lisa Dohmen, entertained the group with her musical talent. Patrick provided information about the past school year, building improvements and future activities. Recognized were the 5-year classes of 1937, 1947, 1957, 1967, 1977, 1997 and 2007. The honored classes of 1942, 1952, 1972, 1982, 1992, 2002 and 2012 were represented and provided entertaining speakers.
The alumni awarded $500 scholarships to three members of the Class of 2012. Receiving scholarships were Dean Braband, Nash Schindler and Shane Vanis. The Honored Alumnus Award was presented to 1930 graduate Donald Nyrop for contributions to his school, community and society. Phyllis Lawson Kinney accepted the award on behalf of the Nyrop family. A certificate honoring Mr. Nyrop will be mailed to his daughters.
During the business meeting, the 2011 Alumni Banquet Minutes and 2011 Financial Reports were reviewed. Items of business discussed during the meeting included the location of the banquet next year and in 2014.
Information was provided and debated about a dance following the 2014 banquet. Volunteers are needed to fill two open positions on next year’s committee. The tentative date for the banquet in 2013 will be June 22, the fourth Saturday in June.
The banquet concluded with the school song led by several members from the Class of 1972.