Seneca’s ‘150+1 Celebration’ is this weekend

Submitted by Kylee Bergstrom

On June 11 and 12, Seneca will host its long awaited sesquicentennial celebration. Originally scheduled for June 2020, the event was postponed until this summer, now being called Seneca’s “150+1 Celebration.”

Festivities will begin the evening of Friday, June 11, at 5 p.m. with a cruise night on Main Street. The cruise night is sponsored by The Nemaha County STEP Foundation and will include limeades being served at Cornerstone Coffee Haus. Music will play on the loudspeakers on Main Street, so bring out your classic cars to cruise or a lawn chair to enjoy the show.

Additionally, at 7 p.m. Friday night, Mitch Holthaus will speak to the community at Skoch Park, located at 1501 Community Drive in Seneca. The speaker is sponsored by the Nemaha County Healthcare Foundation, the City of Seneca and Community National Bank. There also will be food trucks available from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Skoch Park.

On Saturday morning, June 12, Seneca’s Pony Express Museum, Military Museum, and Sheriff’s Jail and Residence will all be open for visitors and tours from 9 a.m. to noon. In addition to the museums, there also will be some turn of the century demonstrators on the lawns of the Military Museum and Sheriff’s Residence at those same times. Demonstrators include butter churning, candle making, sawmill and steam powered engines.

There also will be the Seneca Farmer’s Market on Saturday morning in the yard of The Market Greenhouse and Garage at 33 N Fifth Street. The morning hours will be a perfect time to stroll through Seneca’s downtown enjoying shops and Seneca’s self-guided historic downtown walking tour, maps for which can be found at 523 Main Street in the mailbox.

At Skoch park, a cornhole tournament will be taking place. Registration will be $40 per team – check in and registration will be at 10 a.m. at the tennis courts, and play will begin at 11 a.m. There will be both competitive and social divisions.

On Saturday afternoon, all of the activities will be happening at Skoch Park, with live music beginning at 1 p.m. The lineup for music is Repeat Offenders playing from 1 to 3 p.m., Sawyer Jay playing from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., Acoustic Rooster playing from 5:45 to 8 p.m., and our headliner David Oakleaf and The Open Road playing from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m.

In addition to the live music, there will be games and activities happening at Skoch Park from 1 to 6 p.m., including axe throwing, face painting, a cake walk, a strolling magician, yard games, a duck pond, sno cones and more games! At 4 p.m., Spanky’s Bar and Grill will start cooking hamburgers and hot dogs, and will also have a beer garden.

All of these activities and music could not be possible without the generous donations of all our sponsors: Platinum Level: Koch and Company, Community National Bank, the City of Seneca, and the Seneca Area Chamber and Downtown Impact. Gold Level: Eisenbarth Plumbing, Medical Arts Pharmacy, Lauer-Love Funeral Home, United Bank and Trust, and Water Conditioning of Seneca. Silver Level: Ag Partners COOP, Altenhofen Inn and Suites, Capture Photography, Hammes Trucking, Heinen True Value and Just Ask Rentals, Kickhaefer and Buessing, P.A., Rainbow Communications, Saylor Insurance Service, and Sure Crop Fertilizers. Bronze Level: AHRS Construction, Bruna Implement, Durland Auto, Farmer’s Union Insurance – Jerry Nolte, G & R Printing, Nemaha County Training Center, O’Keefe Law Office, Seneca Ready Mix, The American Legion, The Courier-Tribune, and The Nemaha County STEP Foundation.

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