STAPLETON - - The county seat of Logan County, the small community of Stapleton is surrounded by farms and ranches. It is a quiet little town west of Arnold, but next week the noise level will likely raise as the community celebrates its Centennial.
The Centennial Celebration kicks off Tuesday, July 3, with Burger Night at the Vetâ€™s Club from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Activities planned for Wednesday include a golf tournament at 9 a.m., a Veteranâ€™s Salute at 3 p.m. at the Veteranâ€™s Memorial Building, and a dedication of the Stapleton Community Center at 4 p.m., where cake and ice cream will be served. A community spelling bee will get started at 5 p.m.
Thursday, July 5, will feature a historical tour of homes, with tours running at 4, 5 and 5 p.m. The tour will be followed by a progressive supper at 7 p.m., hosted by the Catholic, Presbyterian and Gandy churches.
Friday will feature a full day of fun activities, focused primarily on the alumni. Things get started with a sand castle building contest from 3-5 p.m. at the park. There will also be a water park and games at the park that afternoon. The Baker Rural High School and SHS Alumni Potluck begins at 6 p.m., with alumni recognition at 7:30 p.m. and fireworks at dusk.
The celebration concludes Saturday, July 7, with a co-ed softball tournament at 8 a.m. A wine tasting at the Veteranâ€™s Memorial Building gets started at 3 p.m., followed by the main street barbecue at 5 p.m., Beauty & the Beast Rodeo at 7 p.m., and street dance on main street from 8 to midnight.
ARNOLD - - While their friends to the west in Stapleton will be celebrating their Centennial all next week, folks in Arnold are planning a Blow-Out of their own. The annual event will take place July 3 and 4, and will kick off with an evening of game booths offering some great prizes Wednesday from 4-8 p.m. at the city park.
Thursday gets an early start with a ministerial breakfast from 7-9 a.m. at the Methodist Church, and the firecracker fun run/walk starting at 8 a.m. at the Arnold Recreation Area.
The parade gets underway at 10:30 a.m., with this yearâ€™s theme â€śThe Wonderful World of Books.â€ť Following the parade will be a chicken noodle dinner at the Legion hall.
Afternoon activities Thursday at the city park include a kiddie parade at 1 p.m., turtle races at 1:30, and red neck olympics at 3. A horseshoe tournament will also get underway at 3 p.m. at Old Mill Park.
The Chamber-sponsored barbecue will be serving from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the city park, with free-will donations. Entertainment will follow at 7:30.
There will also be paintball at Old Mill Park from noon to 7 p.m., and a free Fun Jumpz slip-n-slide and miniature golf from 1-7 p.m. at the city park.
The two-day blow-out will conclude with the fireworks display at dusk at Old Mill Park
SUMNER - - The community of Sumner is a popular place to be for the July 4 holiday, offering one of the largest Independence Day parades in the area! There are traditionally 100-plus entries in this parade, and this year should be no exception to that rule.
Activities begin on the morning of July 3 with a dodge ball tournament and a basketball tournament in the SEM gym.
Tuesday evening, July 3, the Sumner Saddle Club will host an amateur open rodeo with contestants from all over Nebraska and surrounding areas.
The parade, with a theme, â€śThe Wonderful World of Disneyâ€ť starts at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 4. The parade is followed by footraces and money pile at the football field, and FBLA lunch at the community hall, and car show and entertainment in the park.
Monday afternoon you can enjoy the rodeo at 1:30 p.m., along with a boat race starting at 4:30 p.m.
The firemanâ€™s free will BBQ will take place Wednesday evening in the park, followed by live entertainment. The fireworks display at dusk will round out the weekend celebration.