Long anticipated and never duplicated, the annual Elgin Vetch Days celebration is just days away. Activities begin Saturday and will conclude Wednesday night. Some events will be new, some are favorites from past years. All will provide entertainment for all ages.
A new event to be held in conjunction with Vetch Days will be the first ever Elgin T-N-T (Treasures-N-Trunk) on Saturday, June 25. To be held at the Elgin United Methodist Church south parking lot, it will be similar to a flea market with items, vendors and more. It will run from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Garage sales begin at the end of this week (Friday and Saturday in most cases). The annual community-wide garage sales are held on St. Boniface/Elgin High School alumni weekend.
The official Vetch Days activities begin on Sunday.
Rise and shine early on Sunday to take part in the Ron Wilkinson Benefit Breakfast. Beginning at 8 am at the EPS gymnasium, organizers will be serving a breakfast fit for kings. Proceeds at the free will offering breakfast will help offset medical costs for the Wilkinsons.
An Antique Tractor Pull & Northeast Nebraska Pullers will be competing Sunday afternoon in Elgin.
Being held at 405 Myrtle Street, behind the Steepleview apartments, at least four bounce houses will also be set up at 11 am with all day (until 5 pm) wristbands available for $5.
Antique tractors will pull the Little Red Sled at noon. Following that, around 3 p.m., the Northeast Nebraska Pullers will compete, pulling the Big Red Sled.
During the afternoon, also for children, there will be a kids train as well as a kids pedal pull. The Kiddie Pedal Pull is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. A food stand will be on site for those wanting a delicious lunch.
Another activity during the afternoon, Boomerang’s will host a co-ed sand volleyball tournament at Elgin City Park. Competition begins at 2:30 p.m. The volleyball court has been a popular spot during Vetch Days in past years and will be again this year.
Sunday evening activities will take place at the Elgin KC Hall. Members of the Young-N-Lively organization will be hosting a wine tasting benefit for the Elgin Swimming Pool. Tickets are nearly sold out for the event which is scheduled to get underway at 6:30 p.m. Jim’s Fine Wines of Norfolk will be serving up and discussing wines for the event from which all profits will go to the Elgin Swimming Pool Fund which, to this date, has risen more than $1.2 million for a new pool.
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