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About 60 youth turned out for the annual fishing derby at Neligh's Old Mill Days at Fred Penn Park.
Sponsored by the Neligh Young Men's Club all of the youth were treated to pop and water afterwards and small packets of fishing tackle courtesy of the Nebraska Game and Parks.
Aidan Zerbe of Norfolk had the top weight of all participants with 5 pounds, 6 ounces to win the 11-13 age division. Winning the 6-10 age group was Hunter Sonnenfelt of Battle Creek with 4 pounds, 8 ounces.. The top fisherman in the 0-5 division was Joshua Maughan of Oakdale with 4 pounds, 2 ounces.
1. Joshua Maughan, Oakdale, 4 1b 2 oz; 2. Landon Robert, Occidental, Calif., 3 lb 5 oz; 3. Easton Arehart, Plainview, 3 lb 4 oz.
1. Hunter Sonnenfelt, Battle Creek, 4 lbs. 8 oz.; 2. Lilly Mortensen, Neligh, 3 lbs. 14 oz; 3. Izzy Pitzer, Oakdale, 3 lb. 9 oz.
1. Aidan Zerbe, Norfolk, 5 lb 6 oz; 2.(tie) Ashton Higgins, Neligh; Caisha Hurtig, Neligh, 3 lb. 8 oz; 3. Nathan Jarez, 3 lb. 7 oz.
Dozens of shooters made their way to the Antelope County Shooter's Club trap range on Sunday afternoon for he annual Old Mill Days Trap Shooting Contest.
John Eichberg won the event with Ricky Fangman coming second. Eric Hanson was third while Paul Rosner and Clint Brandt finished fourth and fifth, respectively.
Classic cars rolled through Neligh on Saturday night for the annual Cruise Night in conjunction with Old Mill Days.
Sponsored by the Neligh American Legion, the cars started at the Legion. With Main Street blocked this year, the cars didn't take their usual route through downtown. Instead they cruised by Pioneer Homes, the Willows Assisted Living and Neligh Care & Rehab before cruising around on their own.
Nearly 70 people helped make the 2nd annual Neligh-Oakdale Color Run a success on Saturday morning to not only kick off Old Mill Days, but also help raise money for upkeep on the new track.
Committee member Rick Eickholt, who is also the longtime boys track track, said he was pleased with everything about the event from the number of participants to the volunteers.
“It was awesome even. To quote Ron Beacom, 'It's a great day to be a Warrior!' ” said Rick Eickholt. “We had a great turnout with people from here in Neligh and out of town. I know there were a lot of events going on today, and even many of my cross country runners were out of town for nationals and such, but it was still great."
Eickholt said 69 people participated in the event, which serves as a fundraiser for the track to ensure it is in great shape over the years. He said the support from the community was vital to having the new track constructed last spring. That support has carried over with the Color Run.
"Thank you to all of the people who helped make this possible, especially all of the volunteers - color stations, water stations, finish line and more. This isn't possible without the assistance of a large number of people, so thank you to them and all of our sponsors and businesses," Eickholt said.
Hunter Benett was the overall winner at 16.40. He led the runners in the 7-9 grade division, which had the top three overall runners. Adam Miller was second in 16:43 while Griffin Claussen was third with 16:58.
1. Andrew Henry 24:52, 2. Corbin Hoefer 24:55, 3. Breckin Knight 32:06;
1. Hunter Bennett 16:40, 2. Adam Miller 16:43, 3. Griffin Claussen 16:58
1. Tyson Belitz 18:09, 2. Grant White 29:45, 3. Alex Kerkman 29:47;
1. Connor Miller 18:56, 2. Aldolfu Reyes 20:13, 3. Logan Lawson 21:34
1. Jeff Wickett 18:52, 2. Shannon Hendren 21:42, 3. Phil Pollock 28:17
1. Mallory Belitz 26:40, 2. Abby Kerkman 29:53, 3. Kate Furstenau 32:00;
1. Alison Stineman 20:01, 2. Hailey Bixler 27:26, 3. Claire Whitesel 32:08;
1. Hallie Hutchinson 20:25, 2. Bailey Frey 22:15, 3. Jenna Callies 22:22
1. Marissa Frank 20:41, 2. Ashley Theiman 25:05, 3. Laura Larsen 31:35
1. Ann Hemenway 25:38, 2. Jenny Murray 31:34, 3. Liz Clausen 35:43
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.
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.