Families were treated to fun on Saturday afternoon during the ping pong launch and the BBQ at the Hospital Park.
Tilden's annual ping pong launch brought youth out in droves on Saturday afternoon to college balls distributed by a former pumpkin chunkin launcher.
The balls were marked with various symbols and were quickly turned in for cold hard cash following the launch, which was for two age groups 3-6 and 7-10, on the baseball field.
The Elkhorn Valley Schools Foundation also held their annual BBQ at the Hospital Park for the community to enjoy with a free will donation.
The pride and spirit of the community of Tilden came alive as the public rallied to clean up the damage of Friday's storm and ensure that Prairie Days will continue.
Starting immediately after the storm passed through on Friday evening, citizens could be seen around Tilden cleaning up the damage that the town had been dealt.
Many trees had fallen down, blocking streets and houses as well as taking out power for most of the town. While workers cleared debris to open roadways and driveways, crews from the Nebraska Public Power District worked to re-establish power to the community.
John Dittrich, a member of Fund Advisory Committee for the Tilden/Meadow Grove Community Foundation, said that this event shows just how much the public cares for the community of Tilden.
"This goes to show that we have a tremendous amount of community pride and spirit. People always chipping in when needed, year around," John said.
Dittrich' wife, Jeanne, said that she had seen damage dealt not only to those who lived in Tilden, but also to the vendors that were there for the Prairie Days celebration.
"Not only our community but all the vendors, we really appreciate everything they have done. Last night I walked through and saw some damage to the vendors, and I am so happy that they continue to be here and help make Prairie Days a success," Jeanne said.
The call to action by the community to rebuild and move forward has been seen many times within rural communities after being faced with a disaster. Stanley Myhre compared the efforts of Tilden to a community that faced devastation in 2014, and said that they are working to ensure that Prairie Days will prosper.
"We are a town, just like Pilger, that refuses to die. The people are going to take action. We are not going to sit around the fire pit singing 'We Shall Overcome.' We are going to take action, get things done, and Prairie Days will continue. It might not be as spectacular and big, but it will happen."
Three teenagers were transported to the hospital after a one-vehicle accident south of Tilden on Friday afternoon.
At approximately 4:20 p.m., Tilden Fire & Rescue and the Nebraska State Patrol responded to the scene of a one-vehicle accident two miles south of Tilden.
According to the Nebraska State Patrol, the car was traveling westbound on 841 Road when it came up to the intersection of 841 Road and Hwy 45. The car was traveling too fast to stop on the gravel, and it slid across the highway and into the ditch before striking a utility pole, according to the NSP.
The car, operated by a juvenile driver, came to rest against the utility pole in the southwest corner of the intersection. The NSP said that no seatbelts were in use when the accident occurred. Airbags deployed in the accident, and the occupants were transported to Faith Regional Health Services in Norfolk by Tilden and Meadow Grove Rescue to be treated for minor injuries.
The Nebraska State Patrol said that the driver will be ticketed for no operator's license and for violating a stop sign.
Visitors were treated to colurful, handcrafted displays during the annual Quilt Show at the Tilden Public Library on Friday.
The Quilt Show is on it's 16th year of being apart of the Tilden Prairie Days celebration. The show was first presented in 2003.
Visitors can view the quilts throughout the weekend. Admission into the gallery is $3.00.
While you’re out and about partaking in all of the fun activities during the Tilden Prairie Days Celebration weekend, July 27-29, take a break from the heat and visit the Raymond A. Whitwer Tilden Public Library to enjoy the events being offered, or just stop in and browse. The library will be open Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.
Find some great bargains at the library’s Prairie Days used book sale, which will begin in the library on Monday, July 23, and will run through the Prairie Days weekend. There will be a variety of books to choose from on designated tables.
Beginning Friday, July 27, visit the 16th Annual Pieces of the Good Life Quilt Show and delight in the many beautiful hand-made and heirloom quilts and quilted items on display. The quilt show, which will be held in the library’s Lied Auditorium, will be open Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 2:30 p.m. Sponsored by the Tilden Quilt Show Committee and the Tilden Library Foundation.
On Saturday, July 28, join the community at the library fireplace at 2 p.m. for a presentation & book signing from author Jeff Barnes as he discusses his latest book 150@150: Nebraska’s Landmark Buildings at the State’s Sesquicentennial and hear about Nebraska’s rich architectural history dating back to territory days to the modern structures of today. In his book, 150 featured buildings cover a broad section of history including homes from famous people, government, religion, arts & culture, ethnic groups and much more. This event is free and his full-color book will be available for purchase.
On Sunday, July 29, the library will present Yvonne Hollenbeck at 3 p.m., sharing her presentation “Patchwork of the Prairie” in the library. An
award-winning quilter and the nation’s top award-winning and most published cowgirl poet, Hollenbeck will entertain with a trunk show of family quilts made on the prairies of Nebraska spanning 5 generations, providing a glimpse of life during the past 130 years through patchwork.
Both programs on Saturday and Sunday are sponsored by the Tilden Library Foundation, along with Humanities Nebraska, who provides major funding and support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Nebraska State Legislature, the Nebraska Cultural Endowment and private donations.
Tilden Prairie Days is back with another fun-filled year of family-friendly events to be held, July 27-29.
The celebration's events include the popular Drag Your Nag contest, parade, fun run, street dance, and much more.
Here is a complete list of activities for Prairie Days 2018:
Friday, July 27
9 a.m.-6 p.m. - Quilt Show at Lied Auditorium in Library, $3
11 a.m.-1 p.m. - The Tilden Bank Community Appreciation Hot Dog Feed
3 p.m. - Food vendors open
4 p.m. - Disc Golf Clinic at horseshoe pond
8 p.m.-12 a.m. - "Side Step" Street Dance in front of American Legion; gate open at 7 p.m., adults $10, 12 & under $5
Saturday, July 28
All Day - Food vendors
8 a.m.-10:30 a.m. - Coffee and Rolls at Gazebo with free will donation
9 a.m. - Antique Machinery Show, broadcasted by 106 Kix
9 a.m.-6 p.m. - Treasures Along the Trail, broadcasted by WJAG (vendors, crafts, repurposed furniture, antiques, etc.)
9 a.m.-5 p.m. - Quilt Show at Lied Auditorium in Library
9 a.m.-10:30 a.m. - Parade Line-up and Judging west of Old Hospital/Pine Street
10 a.m.-3 p.m. - Antique Appraisals in Auditorium, $10/item
10 a.m.-1 p.m. - Concession at Auditorium
11 a.m. - Parade on Main St. & Oak St.
12 p.m. - TAPS Dance Studio Performance, corner by food vendors
12 p.m.-4 p.m. - Bounce Houses at football field, sponsored by TYMC
1 p.m.-4 p.m. - Tilden Fire & Rescue Open House
1 p.m.-4 p.m. - Show 'N Shine Car Show on Main St, line up immediately following parade, broadcasted by Lite Rock 97.5 KEXL
1 p.m.-4 p.m. - Kids Games/Tractor Pull/Barrel Rides around football field/auditorium, free will donation
1 p.m.-4 p.m. - Pool Party at City Pool, sponsored by 106 Kix
2 p.m. - Presentation/Book Signing at Library, by Jeff Barnes, author of 150 at 150: Nebraska's Landmark Buildings
4 p.m. - Ping Pong Ball Drop at Richie Ashburn Field
4 p.m. - The Branding Iron Beer Garden at Richie Ashburn Field
5 p.m.-7 p.m. - BBQ in the Hospital Park (free will donation), by Tilden-Meadow Grove Foundation Fund & Elkhorn Valley School Foundation
7 p.m. - Drag Your Nag at Richie Ashburn Field, broadcasted by US92, $5
9 p.m. - Broom Babes at Tennis Courts, broadcasted by Lite Rock 97.5 KEXL
9 p.m.-12 a.m. - Teen Dance at Tennis Courts
Dusk - Free Outdoor Movie at Horseshoe Bend Ball Park
Sunday, July 29
All Day - Food vendors
8 a.m. - 5K/10K Fun Run at Hospital Park, $15 for 5K, $20 for 10K
9 a.m. - Kid Run 1 Mile, 12 & under, $3
8 a.m.-1 p.m. - Pancake Feed, brought to you by Thrivent Financial & E.V. Teammates, free will donation
9 a.m.-2 p.m. - Treasures Along the Trail, broadcasted by WJAG (vendors, crafts, repurposed furniture, antiques, etc.)
9 a.m. - Antique Machinery School
9 a.m. - Community Church Service, Main St.
12 p.m.-2:30 p.m. - Quilt Show at Lied Auditorium in Library
2 p.m.-5 p.m. - Prairie View Assisted Living Open House, 5 year anniversary with coffee and cookies
3 p.m. - Presentation "Patchwork of the Prairie" with Yvonne Hollenbeck at the library
7 p.m. - John Petersen Concert at Church of Christ
Ownership of the Hofmann Pharmacy will now be back in local hands after being purchased by Danelle Charf of Neligh.
Charf, who owns Wanek Pharmacy in Neligh, took ownership of Hofmann Pharmacy in Tilden from John Nagengast, a pharmacist from Bloomfield, on June 1. The new name for the pharmacy will be Tilden Pharmacy.
She said the idea for purchasing the pharmacy came from her wanting to embrace the potential that she believed the Tilden Pharmacy held.
“Probably one of the biggest reasons was to keep the store open, with all the potential it has. The previous owner was probably going to end up closing the pharmacy or selling it to someone else," Charf said.
She said that in today’s world, most small-town pharmacies don’t return after being forced to close. “Anymore, in this day and age, when a pharmacy closes, it's probably more than likely not going to come back,” Charf said.
After purchasing the store, she began renovating and making changes to the interior of the store. She also said that updated signs and repairs will be made on the exterior of the business.
Besides doing a makeover of the interior of the pharmacy, Charf also expanded its gift section, including the addition of Willow Tree, Hallmark and Yankee Candles. She said that she hopes it will mirror what customers are used to seeing in Neligh.
“We are going to try and mimic what we do at Wanek’s in Neligh,” Charf said.
Although the visual elements of the store have changed, the staff will remain familiar with a few additional faces. Boyd Batenhorst, who has worked at the pharmacy since 1979, will continue as pharmacist alongside Charf and Dave Stearns. Alisha Carr and Darcy Sparr will continue as certified technicians at Tilden Pharmacy. Grace Henn, a 2018 graduate of Pope John High School in Elgin, will work part-time alongside Kristina Hoefer at the pharmacy.
Charf got her start as a pharmacist by working for Jim Wanek in the summer of 1998 while Charf was completing pharmacy school. Charf received her bachelor’s degree in business administration/health sciences from University of Nebraska-Kearney. She went on to receive her doctorate from the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC). After graduating from UNMC, she worked at the Elgin Pharmacy from 2002 to 2009.
In 2009, Charf, along with Jim and Candice Wells, purchased Wanek’s Pharmacy in Neligh. After Jim passed away in September of 2016, Charf purchased the Wells’s share of the business. She said that she is excited to continue to provide the pharmacy’s services to the community of Tilden, and is eager to learn the new faces of the customers.
“I’m really excited to get to know people in Tilden. I love meeting new people and I am a definite people person, and it’s just exciting to continue offering pharmacy services in Tilden and allowing that town to have their pharmacy.”
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