Published On: Thu, Jun 29th, 2017

Perfect weather shines on Summerfest activities

Kaleigh Miller (left) and Carson Bolz assist magician Jim Perry with his silk scarf illusion

OSMOND — Summerfest ’17 dawned rather chilly for June 25, but the sun came out and there was no wind, with the afternoon temperature in the upper 70s — a perfect day for all the activities planned. The theme for the day was “Osmond Is Magical . . . Just Believe.”
The morning featured jazzercising at Marty Riessen Tennis Courts. Then came the traditional Osmond Fire Department sausage, eggs and pancake breakfast. During that time, Osmond General Hospital Wellness Team provided health checks. The Senior Citizen Center was open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. with guests invited to tour the “Down Memory Lane” room established there. The center was open again from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. for additional viewing. Rounding out morning activities was the kids’ tractor pull at noon.
Opening ceremonies in the afternoon included the presentation of The Colors by American Legion Post 326, joined by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7838. During the raising of The Colors, Vanessa Steinkraus and Corie Clausen sang “The National Anthem.”
The inaugural Outstanding Osmond Farm Family — the Everett Gansebom family — and the Outstanding Osmond Citizen — Don Blecha — were named. News items about those events and the kids’ pedal pull is contained in stories elsewhere in this newspaper.
Another new event this year was the mud volleyball tournament, which took place on Saturday. Tournament results are printed on another page of this issue.
The parade was coordinated by Star Albracht and Roger and Patty Timmerman. It featured adult, youth and commercial entries. Jim Schmit served as master of ceremonies for the parade. Winning first place in the youth division was Donovan Heiman. Second place went to the Osmond softball team with Immanuel Lutheran LYF placing third. In the adult division, Security Bank placed first while Osmond General Hospital was second.
After the parade, a number of events took place simultaneously. Among them were laser tag, pony rides, visiting with clowns Candy Corn and Bubbles, face painting, pool games, free swimming, inflatables, water fights, “pick a duck” and fish pond. DJ Ed Gordon, a regular at Summerfest, entertained throughout the afternoon with his own vocals and recorded music. He provided music as young people gathered on stage for dance routines. His music continued after the evening’s program.
Claiming the top prize in the Texas Hold ’em poker tournament was Dennis Kuhl. Second place went to Norman Lorenz with Jon Stanosheck placing third.
The evening meal — pulled pork and sliced beef sandwiches, hot dogs, potato salad, baked beans, potato chips and lemonade — was served to 452 guests between 5 and 7 p.m. A beer garden was open from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Tom Roth, grandson of the late Gen Wilson, sang “My Favorite Little Town.” The evening’s stage show was magician Jim Perry. He presented a show which included kid and adult participation.
Several auction packages went on the block. The top bidders were:
Donald Johnson — four Bret Michaels concert tickets, beverage gift card and gasoline gift card.
Ingrid Gansebom — four tickets to Henry Doorley Zoo, four tickets to Lauritzen Gardens and gasoline gift card.
Tiffany Aschoff — four tickets to a Cornhusker football game, four prime rib dinners and a gasoline gift card.
Dean Koehler — fees to enjoy golf at several courses and a sporting good gift card.
There were two basket prize drawings. Chris Wagner won one containing passes to movies at Norfolk Seven and Neligh Starlite Drive-in theatres. The basket with county fair passes to Pierce, Madison, Wayne and Knox County fairs was won by Sharon Wagner.
The evening’s closing ceremony was narrated by Randy Jochum. It focused on the belief of settlers who established this community and succeeding generations. Twenty-five year business owners Lyle and Becky Kuhlman and Richard and Deb Bruegman, who recently retired from operation of Spare Time Alley, were recognized. Also recognized were the new owners, Main Street Alley, represented by board members Dennis Kuhl and Joe Hoffman.
The program closed with the lowering of the U.S. flag by members of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7838 while the traditional closing song, “God Bless The USA,” was played.
Summerfest ’17 steering committee members were Lisa Johnson, Erica Frahm, Amanda Koehler, Star Albracht and Bernice Blecha.