Hundreds of people filtered through the pavilion in Riverside Park on Sunday morning for breakfast and to support the Neligh Young Men's Club.
An annual event during Old Mill Days, the feed serves as a major fundraiser for the club as they raise money for fireworks and other events they host throughout the years.
While Old Mill Days is the biggest event of the year, the NYMC also hosts the Easter Egg hunt, haunted trail during Halloween, Novemberfest (beer and wine tasting event) and others. They also give hats and gloves to local preschoolers every year.
Another key fundraiser for the club is the Ducky Derby. They are currently selling tickets and will be dumping the ducks into the river at 6 p.m. on Monday night. Tickets can be purchased from any NYMC member, so look for their blue shirts this weekend if you're interested in supporting their cause.
As the motorcycles revved Sunday morning in Riverside Park, the 200-mile ride was about more than just a good time, it's part of honoring our veterans.
For years, Sandhills Legion Riders Post 172 has held a poker run as a social event and fundraiser, but it's really the last part that is so important because giving back to veterans is really what this organization is all about.
Darrell Sorensen said with 26 members in the post and 20-plus in the Sons of American Legion, there are a lot of veterans and sons of veterans who dedicate time in honoring those who served.
"I never served, but this is a way for me to pay back," he said. "Right now my older sister, Cherylle Arens, is a chapter president. She has two daughters who are serving right now; I have a son that is serving right now, so we have a history in the family."
Sorensen said the Legion Riders are often seen at funerals, parades and various military events standing with flags in honor of our veterans.
"A lot of it was set up to honor military veterans at funerals. If the family asks for a flag line, we'll stand in a flag line for a military funeral just to honor those who have passed on," he said.
On Sunday, dozens of Legion Riders, and many others, hopped on their bikes for a 200-mile poker run. Sorensen said he was the only one who knew the route and said they would be headed south and stop for lunch in Belgrade.
Neligh's annual pancake feed will kick off a day filled with activities for Old Mill Days.
The Neligh Young Men's Club pancake feed will run from 8 a.m. to noon at the Pavilion in Riverside Park.
The American Legion Riders Poker run will leave from the Pavilion at 10 a.m. with registratoion beginning at 9 a.m.
Other activities planned for Sunday include the 3D Archery Shoot from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. and the Trap Shoot from 2:30 p.m. Participants in the trap shoot must by 16.
Several events are planned for Sunday evening. John Petersen will perform at the Congregational Church at 7 p.m. A free-will donation will be accepted with linger longer following.
The Scavenger Hunt will begin at the Antelope County Courthouse at 7 p.m. and is open to all ages.
A "Party In The Park" is planned in the Pavilion from 9 p.m. until midnight. There will be a music, a beer garden and games of that nature for those 21-and-older. There is no fee to attend, but there is a cost for alcohol, which must be purchased there.
With a $50,000 pickup on the line, 10 local golfers took their chances at a hole one on Saturday afternoon at the Antelope Country Club.
The Neligh Chamber of Commerce contest was sponsored by the Antelope County News and Pitzer Digital. Antelope County Chiropractic & Wellness gave away a $130 wedge to the top qualifier. The winner would have won either a truck from Jonny Dodge valued at up to $50,000 or the cash.
Unfortunately, only one golfer even hit the green on Hole No. 6, which played at 167 yards for the contest. Alex Hughes, who had the fourth-best qualifying shot, was about 15 yards from the pin.
Qualifiers, in order, were Greg Ptacek, Scott Kester, Rich Burgess, Hughes, Chris Funk, Brian Epke, Landon Bloedorn, Mark Funk, Derek Schilling and Al Stelling.
"This was a great first contest for us," said Assistant Economic Development Director Lauren Sheridan-Simonsen. "We heard so many positive comments that we are leaning toward making this an annual event. It was a lot of fun and was great to help kick off Old Mill Days because the Neligh business community is a huge supporter of the Neligh Young Men's Club."
The colors ran Saturday morning as more than 110 runners participated in the inaugural 5K Color Run.
Jeff Wickett was the overall winner and adult winner in 17:11 while 7th-grader Ty Rainforth, was runner-up in 17:41.
Organizers said they were thrilled with the number of participants, which exceeded expectations for their first year.
1. Ty Rainforth 17:41
2. Carson Whitesel 21:00
3. Ashton Higgins 21:01
1. Mallory Belitz 28:40
2. Kiah Smith 29:17
3. Juliana McNally 29:19
1. Cole Belitz 17:53
1. Alison Stineman 19:45
2. Kaydi Daudt 20:02
3. Maddie Grosserode 21:08
1. Tyson Belitz 19:34
2. Grant White 20:54
3. Alex Kerkman 22:46
1. Kasi Grosserode 19:40
2,Kayla Wright 22:28
3.Rachel Higgins 23:09
1.Jeff Wickett 17:11
2. Mike Hamm 19:03
3. Conner Knievel 19:21
1. Jennifer Jordan 19:50
2. Marissa Frank 20:07
3. Jodi Velleck 21:12
For years, the Neligh Young Men's Club, or NYMC, has hosted a street dance to celebrate the halfway point of Old Mill Days. This year that will be replaced by a new party.
Party in the Park will make its debut Sunday, July 3 at the Riverside Park Pavilion in Neligh. The event is scheduled to start at 9 p.m. and will go until midnight. NYMC will be on hand to sell drink tickets and will also be serving pulled pork sandwiches and chips at the cost of two drink tickets. The event is open to all ages and those people 21 years of age or older will get wristbands if they wish to drink. Drink tickets will be sold at $3 each or $20 for 7 tickets. The event is set to be a new fundraiser for the NYMC.
"It's a fundraiser for us," said Colten Marsh, NYMC member and chairman of the event. "We use that to put on our fireworks shows and all our other events."
The event came about because the club decided they wanted to try something different for the annual celebration after doing the street dance for so long.
"We tried to find something that people could be excited about, something new and different," said Marsh.
There are a few distinct differences between the new Party in the Park event and the former street dance the club put on. Instead of a live band, the NYMC has hired out a DJ to provide good music for the partygoers. Also, the club will be setting up various drinking games for the adults to enjoy. The final difference between this event and the street dance is that there will be no gate fees. The only cost for those in attendance will be the drink tickets.
The Party in the Park marks the halfway point for an Old Mill Days that will also include events such as the Color Run and Hole in One Contest on Saturday, a Pancake Feed and Scavenger Hunt on Sunday, and the Grand Parade and Fireworks Show on Monday.