Heavy rain Friday night didn't stop the kickball tournament, hosted by E.K.G., from taking place on Saturday in celebration of the third day of Elgin's Vetch Days. However, it was moved back from 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m.
The tournament took place at Elgin's baseball field, and games lasted for either six innings or 45 minutes, whatever came first. Teams switched between fielding and kicking every three outs. There was also a one-inning penalty box sentence if a a participant misfired and accidentally hit another player on the head with a throw.
On the second day of Elgin’s Vetch Days, events consisted of a sidewalk chalk art contest, pool party, kids races and other activities.
Sidewalk chalk drawings started Friday at 10 a.m., and Dean’s Market provided free chalk to use. Participants had until 4 p.m. to compose their best masterpieces, matching a summer theme. At that time, three divisions – 7-11 years of age, 12-17 years of age and adult/family – were judged, with only first-place awards being handed out.
Under a scorching sun, many people cooled off in the water at the pool party, which started at 1 p.m. Right next door, many children competed in kids races at the park, starting at 3 p.m.
The races consisted of three different competitions. First, they ran a regular sprint to the finish line. In the second round, they raced by frog hopping, and in the final round, they had to keep a ball between their legs.
In each group of races, the winner was awarded eight carnival tickets, second place got six tickets and third place earned four tickets. After the races ended, children who participated received free T-shirts.
Vetch Days kicked off Thursday in Elgin with many activities, including the parade and the 2nd annual Talent Show.
Third place in the talent show was Taelyn Baumert, second was Amanda Fritzen and first place was the duo of Rachel Rupprucht Brittney Urbanek.
Check out the gallery below to see all the photos from both events.
Tickets are now on sale for the 2018 EKG Bull-A-Rama in Elgin.
The 6th annual event will be held on Friday, June 8, with the gates opening at 5:30 p.m.
This year’s Bull-A-Rama, located one block west of Dean’s Market, will include mutton bustin at 6 p.m. and a dance following the bull riding. Music will be provided by the band, “Borderline,” until 1 a.m. There will be food and a beer garden on site.
Tickets may be purchased at Boomerangs, Dean’s Market and the Elgin Livestock Market. Advance tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for ages 10 and under. There is free admittance for children ages 3 and under.
The Class of 2019 is off to the east coast for the Junior Class Trip this week.
The group left yesterday and flew to Washington D.C. Over the next four days, the group will tour different monuments and sights in Washington D.C. and New York City.
The trip is made possible through the Rural Education Achievement Program (REAP) Grant, a grant given out by the US Department of Education to smaller rural schools to be put towards non-curiculum related activities, and other non-tax related sources.
Dozens of Antelope County residents gathered at Park Church and West Cedar/St. Boniface Cemeteries to honor our fallen heroes during the Memorial Day services on Monday.
The program featured the honoring of fallen solders through readings and salutes. The programs also featured the Elgin High School band and guest speaker Hunter Reestman, a senior at Elgin Public.
Prior to the ceremony at West Cedar/St. Boniface, a KC-135 flown by U.S. Air Force member Jimmy Fox performed multiple fly-overs of the gathered crowd at the cemetery.
Check out the gallery below to see the special moments through the ceremonies.
A kickball tournament will be held in Elgin on Saturday, June 1 beginning at 1 p.m.
The tournament, sponsored by the EKG, is open to incoming 7th graders through outgoing seniors.
To officially register, teams must pay their entry fees no later than 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 29. Cost is $5 per player. Requirements: team name, team theme song, design own uniform, and 9 or more players per team.
Contact Jessie Reestman to enter, 402-843-0170.
St. Boniface Elementary School in Elgin was recently selected to receive a $2,000 grant from the Cargill Cares program.
The donation will be used to enhance the science and technology (STEM) curriculum at the school.
"We appreciate the generosity of Cargill, as this donation allows us to purchase robotics equipment specialized for our elementary students," said St. Boniface Principal, Betty Getzfred.
Local Cargill representative, Brent Schmidt, delivered the check to St. Boniface Elementary Principal Betty Getzfred.
St. Boniface Elementary promoted 11 preschoolers to kindergarten during a program last Wednesday at St. Boniface Church in Elgin.
The students performed a skit and several songs for the audience. Students presented with certificates were Simon Borer, Jory Drueke, Harper Evans, Mikaiah Hoefer, Jacob Niewohner, Elijah Pace, McKenna Sauser, Sofia Schmitz, Melissa Stuhr, Benton Tyler and Myles Veik.
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