Neligh's firework display consistently ranks among the state's best each year, so it was no surprise that Monday night's finale was another great showing.
The Neligh Young Men's Club, in conjunction with the Neligh Volunteer Fire Department, puts on the fireworks each year. Dave Jacobsen, assistant fire chief, has been part of the fireworks crew for 22 years. Adam Mortensen and Mitch Pedersen are in charge of the display for the NYMC.
"Neligh has been doing this since 1973," Jacobsen said. "My dad (Van) was part of the first ones, so I'm a second generation with the fireworks. It's been a lot of fun."
Jacobsen said Monday's show consisted of about 1,000 shots in the air and another 200-plus on the ground. The electronic system included three locations for the fireworks. He said the fireworks were ordered about 6 months in advance but weren't set up until this weekend.
"It probably takes us 10-12 hours to get ready with all of the wiring," he said.
The Rolly Johnson Memorial Horseshoe pits in Riverside Park were nearly full on Monday afternoon as competitors lined the area for the annual tournament.
Class A Singles
1st - Merle Alswager
2nd- Dick Schrader
3rd- Neil Olson
4th- Curt Anderson
5th- John Strong
6th- Brian Strong
7th- Tom Martin
Class B Doubles
1st- Bruce Strong & Cale Strong
2nd- Chad Kaup & Ray Frasch
3rd- Dawson Kaup & JJ Wagner
4th- Chris Kester & Clint Linder
5th- Alan Vraspir & Joe Kepford
6th- Jeff Wallem & Angie Cornett
7th- Lucy Strong & Lilly Strong
8th- Damon Arehart & Austin Seymour
9th- Brian Legate & Brady Legate
Dozens of youth pedaled as hard as they could Monday afternoon in the non-sanctioned kiddie tractor pull.
Held after the grand parade, there was one winner in each age division.
Dozens of children put their turtles to the test on Monday afternoon for the annual turtle races at Neligh's the Old Mill Days.
During the finals, Victor Funk's turtle proved to be the fasted of the bunch.
1. Victor Funk
2. Liam Pelster
3. Arihana Mitchell
4. Bode Koinzan
A Old Mill Days parade favorite, Thrifway Market, was among the big winners Monday afternoon.
Thriftway Market won first place in the commercial division while the Village of Petersburg won the community category. The Keystone Bar was the club choice while individual honors went to Lee Meyer.
The 44th annual Old Mill Days Parade took place Monday afternoon in Neligh.
Check out the gallery below for pictures from the parade!
Can you find yourself or someone you know? This was our view of you from the Old Mill Days parade on the Fourth of July!
Nearly 70 youth enjoyed a morning of fishing on Monday during the annual Youth Fishing Tournament at Penn Lake.
Monday was a repeat of last year as all of the winners in each age group were the same. Also
for the second straight year, Isabelle Pitzer was the overall winner and in the 6-10 age group. Pitzer, 9 of Oakdale, caught 3 pounds, 7 ounces of fish.
Trey Svatos of Neligh won the 11-13 age group with 2 pounds, 8 ounces of fish while Hunter Sonnenfelt of Battle Creek won the 0-5 with 2 pounds, 6 ounces.
Age 0-5: 1. Hunter Sonnenfelt, Battle Creek; 2. Alicen Dewey, Neligh; 3. Josh Maughan, Oakdale.
Age 6-10: 1. Isabelle Pitzer, Oakdale; Reaghan Pedersen, Neligh; Xavier Hart, Neligh.
Age 11-13: 1. Trey Svatos, Neligh; 2. Gavin Longsdorf, Neligh; 3. Cameron Schindler, Neligh.
From capturing a live toad to bringing in a dryer, the Old Mill Days annual scavenger hunt gave participants just 60 minutes to find some odd items again this year.
What were some of the other 50 items? A swimming pool, 15 wedding koozies, We Support Neligh sign, pink Solo cup, saddle, welcome mat, red bike, receipt for $1.44, Not Too Small To Have It All t-shirt and lots of selfies around Neligh.
Team "Beat The Green" took home the top prize while Pitzer's Pirates of the Antelope County News was runner-up. Most of the prize money given away at the event was donated back to the Neligh Young Men's Club.
1. Beat The Green
2. Pitzer's Pirates (Team ACN)
5. French Toast Mafia
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