After much anticipation, Old Mill Days 2017 has finally arrived.
From Friday until Tuesday, the City of Neligh will be bustling with events for all ages. Everything kicks off Friday night at Sly's Chill and Grill as they celebrate their one-year anniversary with a street dance. From 8 p.m. until midnight, The Jim Casey Trio will be on hand to entertain guests with their mix of country, blues and rock and roll music.
Things continue bright and early Saturday morning with the Color Run. Registration will take place at the Antelope County Fairgrounds at 8:30 a.m. with the race starting at 9 a.m. The Antelope County Shooters Club will once again host a 3-D shoot at the archery range from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday.
The Women of Neligh will host their inaugural sand volleyball tournament starting at 11 a.m. at Penn Lake. The event is coed, with teams of at least six people. Prizes will be awarded for the top teams.
Sly's will host a second night of music Saturday night as they welcome Rivermill Express and Haus of Chains. Meanwhile, the annual Cruise Night will kick off at 6 p.m. at the Legion.
On Sunday, the Neligh Young Men's Club invites everyone to the Riverside Park pavilion for a free-will donation pancake feed from 8 a.m. until noon. The American Legion Riders will kick off their poker run from their at 9 a.m. as well. The Antelope County Shooters Club will host a trap shoot at 2:30 p.m. at the shotgun range. Contestants must be 16 or older and bring their own shotgun and shells. The day will wrap up with Evening at the Museum, a free event at the Antelope County Museum, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m.
Things slow down a bit on Monday as the Congregational Church hosts John Petersen at 7 p.m. NYMC once again will host their scavenger hunt at the Antelope County Courthouse starting at 7 p.m.
Tuesday is packed full of events to celebrate the Fourth of July. The Lion's Club will offer a breakfast at the Senior Center Building starting at 7 a.m. For the 36th-straight year, the Youth Fishing Derby will be held at Penn Lake for anyone ages 0-13, starting at 9 a.m.
Much of the rest of the day will center around the Grand Parade starting at noon. Judging will begin at 11:30 a.m. at Riverside Park. Meanwhile, Grace Lutheran will offer an ice cream social at 11 a.m. at the courthouse. Following the parade, the Legion will host a hotdog feed. The kid's tractor pull and turtle races will take place at the courthouse as well. Horseshoe pitching will take place at 2 p.m. at Riverside Park.
The Ducky Derby will once again be held at Riverside Park on Tuesday evening. Starting at 6 p.m., the ducks will race down the Elkhorn River in search of the top prize money for the lucky ticket holder. Tickets are still available at Carhart Lumber or from any Young Men's Club member.
The weekend will come to a close with one of the premier fireworks displays in Nebraska. The Young Men's Club invites everyone out to the airport at dark to send Fourth of July out with a bang.