This year's Cass County Fair was FULL of fun, excitement, and entertainment!! Each day was packed full of activities for people of all ages. Whether you enjoy walking the carnival midway, checking out the exhibits in the 4-H and Open Class buildings, visiting the livestock barns, watching tractor pulls, or playing bingo, you're sure to have a great time.
As I was walking around the fairgrounds this week, I talked to many people about our annual fair. One topic that was always discussed was how the fair reunites friends and families. People that you haven't seen in a year suddenly appear and time slips away as you renew your relationship with them. Children can be seen making new friends as they ride the rides over and over again. Teenagers make the most of the last days of summer by hanging out with friends they haven't seen for weeks or even months. Sitting at one of the fairstands enjoying a glass of ice tea or a slice of pie is the perfect way to slow down and reconnect.
This year's parade was wonderful as usual. Marching bands, Miss Cass County Contestants, 4-H floats, tractors, and countless other entrants make the parade the highlight of the week's entertainment. You always know that it's parade night by the long line of cars coming onto the fairgrounds to try to find parking spots. The tractor pulls, lawnmower races, and other events at the grandstand also pulled in a large crowd. And it goes without saying that the Mutton Busting competition draws lots of kids.
So many young children and young adults work year round to raise prize-winning livestock--cows, pigs, chickens, rabbits, or sheep and/or sew clothes or quilts, build furniture, paint pictures, etc. They should all feel very proud of themselves for accomplishing their goals.
Thank you to the Fair Board for all their hard work throughout the year. Our communities are drawn together during these four short days and many memories are made. We appreciate all that you do for the Cass County Fair!
Check out this video!
MISS CASS COUNTY CONTEST
Miss Weeping Water--Rachelle Hansen
Cass County Princess--Miss Murray, Cari Southwick
Cass County Queen--Miss Plattsmouth, Amy Kerns
WEEPING WATER ROCKETTES
HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE PARADE
Hope you had a good time. See you next year!!
The Old Avoca Schoolhouse
The Old Avoca (Nebraska) Schoolhouse will be hosting a Beginning
Recorder Workshop on Saturday, September 12, form 1 PM - 3 PM, for
folks who want to learn to play the soprano recorder. Deborah
Greenblatt, Master Artist with the Nebraska Arts Council, and member
of the American Recorder Society, will lead the workshop. Pre-
registration is required, and enrollment is limited. The $30.00 fee
includes an instruction book, and a soprano recorder.
A Sightreading Workshop is scheduled for Saturday, October 3, 2009, from 1 PM - 3 PM in the Old Avoca Schoolhouse, in picturesque Avoca, Nebraska. This will be a wonderful opportunity to play with other music students, and sightread music that you've never seen before, and don't have to ever see again. During the workshop, musicians will be discussing how to negotiate new compositions with minimum stress, and maximum music. The beauty of this workshop is that all you have to do is show up. There is no preparation necessary, although pre-registration is required, and there is a $20.00 fee.
For more information about any of these workshops, call 402-275-3221,
or send an e-mail to
KYLE SORENSEN MEMORIAL GOLF TOURNAMENT
September 12th & 13th
All proceeds benefit the
Kyle Sorensen Memorial Scholarship Fund
Reserve your tee time soon!
Sunday, August 16th, 2009
Elmwood City Park, Elmwood, NE
Celebrate the selection of Bess Streeter Aldrich’s A Lantern in Her Hand as the 2009 One Book One Nebraska choice, and the 100th anniversary of the author’s move to Elmwood!
vHourly van tours of historic sites at 1:30, 2:30, 3:30 & 4:30 p.m.
vOld-fashioned games and activities from 1:00-5:00 p.m.
vBess Streeter Aldrich House (204 East F) & Aldrich Museum (124 West D) open for tours from 2:00-5:00 p.m.
Visit www.BessStreeterAldrich.org for a complete schedule.
Sponsored by the Elmwood Public Library and Bess Streeter Aldrich Foundation.
Slattery Vintage Estates
Vineyard & Tasting Room
Summer Concert Series
Every Saturday Evening in June July, and August at 7:00 p.m. (unless otherwise noted)
$5 cover goes entirely to the bands
August 15 Sarah Benck
Rock, funk, soul, eclectic variety, appeals to young and old
Weeping Water Public School
1st day of the 2009-2010
school year starts Aug. 17th!
Lofte Actresses Receive Three Nominations
The Lofte Community Theatre's 2008 musical production of Rogers and Hammerstein's "Sound of Music" was certainly special. Anyone who bought a ticket or performed in the show knew that. Each and every night the cast consistently delivered a world-class performance that left many in tears or begging for another ticket to the next performance. In recognition of their fine work, three of the Lofte's finest actresses received nominations from the Theatre Arts Guild of Omaha.
Jennifer Gilg of Omaha received a nomination for lead actress in a musical for her role as "Maria." Her touching portrayal of the nun-turned-nanny, and beautiful singing voice left a deep impression on nominating Guild members. Mrs. Gilg also had a nomination in the category for Supporting Actress for a role in Omaha at SNAP! Productions.
Two of the Lofte's von Trapp children received nominations in the category for Outstanding Performance by a Youth Actress. Kabrianna Mumford of Elmwood portrayed the youngest daughter, "Gretl." Anna Schoettger of Lincoln received a nomination for her role as "Louisa."
While none of the nominated Lofte actresses won in their category, each was still very honored by the recognition. There are literally hundreds of performers who participate in theater in the Omaha metro each year, and to be mentioned in the top five in any category is certainly a credit to their talent.
Front Row from L to R, Abigail Raasch, Jenniger Gilg, Kabrianna Mumford.
Back Row, Matt Bailey, Samantha Colbert, Luke Heidbrink, Anna Schoettger and Jordyn Marcoe.
Potashcorp-PCS PHOSPHATE COMMITS TO HIGHEST LEVEL
OF SPONSORSHIP AT LOFTE FOR 2009
The PotashCorp-PCS Phosphate plant in Weeping Water, Nebraska has stepped up to the highest level of corporate sponsorship available as a Platinum Sponsor for the 2009 season at the Lofte Community Theatre near Manley. Mr. Bill Donohue presented the $10,000 in sponsorship funds to Lofte Artistic Director Kevin Colbert in a recent ceremony.
Lofte Chairman Larry Bauers expressed his thanks to PCS for their generous donation. “In an economy when giving of all types – especially corporate giving – is tough to come by, PotashCorp has really gone the extra mile to show their support. Donations by our corporate sponsors are a big reason we have been able to continue to provide quality, affordable entertainment for more than 30 years. They are definitely a big factor in our track record of running on budget every single year in our history. Even before our corporate sponsorship program began several years ago, PotashCorp has been a strong supporter – buying numerous season tickets for most if not all of our 34 years.”
Bill Donohue, plant manager at the PCS facility, said the reason PotashCorp stepped up as a premiere sponsor this year was: “We want to give back to our community, and support arts/theater. We enjoy providing opportunities to our youth, enabling them to experience the theatrical field. The Lofte has a long history of providing exceptional quality programs to our community.”
As a part of their sponsorship, PotashCorp received space in all Lofte programs for 2009, a large banner in the Lofte lobby, and a private showing of the 2009 summer musical, “Crazy For You.” PotashCorp-PCS used their private showing to provide employees and friends, assisted living and low-income housing residents from throughout the area, and Weeping Water school board and staff with their own opportunity to see the summer musical free of charge.
PotashCorp-PCS Phosphate facility has been a part of the community for over 45 years, producing dicalcium phosphate, monocalcium phosphate and monocalcium coarse phosphate, which are used for animal feed ingredients.
PCS Plant Manager, Bill Donahue presents a check to Lofte Artistic Director, Kevin Colbert. PotashCorp-PCS is the Lofte's platinum donor for 2009.
The 2009 Nebraska Travel and Tourism Industry Award Nomination Forms are Available!
Do you have, or know of, an outstanding event, tourism publication, Web site or tourism campaign that you want to showcase?
Has a particular individual or organization been a champion for tourism in your community or region?
Is there a tourism association or nature-based tourism entity that has worked to market and develop tourism in your area?
If so, nominate them for a Nebraska Travel and Tourism Industry Award.
The nine award categories are:
Friend of Tourism
Outstanding Event (0-9,999)
Outstanding Event (10,000+)
Outstanding Tourism Association
Outstanding Tourism Campaign
Outstanding Tourism Publication
Outstanding Tourism Attraction
Outstanding Tourism Entity
Award winners receive an attractive stained glass award and special recognition in the 2010 Nebraska Travel Guide and on the Tourism Division’s Web site.
***NEW THIS YEAR***
Award winners with Web sites will receive a FREE 1 year banner advertisement on the Tourism Division’s Web site in 2010!
The 2009 award nomination forms are available on the front page of the Tourism Division’s Industry Web site: http://industry.visitnebraska.org
Forms must be in the Lincoln office postmarked by Friday, 11 September 2009 for consideration.
Plan on attending the 2009 Nebraska Travel Conference:
Nebraska Travel Conference, 20-22 October 2009, Divots Conference Center, Norfolk
More information about the conference, including a full schedule and how to register will come soon.
Get Ready for Weeping Water's
2nd Annual FALL FESTIVAL
The community of Weeping Water's thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Jonna Schwartz.