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Thursday, 29 March 2012 20:08

The class of 1971 throws candy to the crowd during the 2011 Pioneer Days parade.  Riding in the float (from left) are Cathy (Ward) Dunham, Marjorie Carse, Bernie Abbuhl, Gary Bechtold, and Marsha (Bley) Kautz-Ryan.

By Sheri Hink

The Wauneta Breeze


This year will mark the 30th anniversary of Palisade’s Pioneer Days. The weekend of fun that area residents look forward to each June is made possible through the organizational work of the Pioneer Days Committee.

The committee serves the entire community of Palisade through their hard work and dedication to keeping the community celebration going each summer.

Pioneer Days was originally started by Palisade’s Community Service Club but the three days of activity has grown to merit a dedicated committee.

The members of the 2012 Pioneer Days Committee are Sarah Vrbas (Chair), Lisa Kisinger (Secretary), Heidi Adams (Treasurer), Julie Derby, Kari Klumpe, Kaisha Coffman, Gerald Bridgman, Joe Vrbas, Kim Comer, Tanya Monnahan, Kerry Hamilton and Josie Lytle. The committee’s spouses are also members by default as they are always around to help set up and tear down events during the celebration.


Pioneer Days activities

The celebration is scheduled for June 8, 9 and 10 this summer and is a weekend for all to remember.

The theme of this year’s celebration is “Keep the home fires burning.” The committee is honoring the Palisade Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department, says Kisinger.

Activities will kick off on Friday with an alumni banquet honoring graduates of the “2” and “3” years (for example, 2012, 2002 or 2003, 1993, etc.).

Because of the amount of work that goes into just the alumni banquet, this year will be the last annual banquet. Alumni banquets will move to an every three year rotation, with the next being held in 2015 and honoring the “4,” “5” and “6” year classes.

The Saturday of Pioneer Days is the most active for the community and the committee. The day starts off with a Fire Department Pancake Breakfast. The day will also offer a parade, kids games, a kiddie carnival, various food vendors including the American Legion lunch and specials at the Cafe.

Saturday afternoon and evening will offer attendees a chance to play sand volley ball and take a free swim at the F. C. Krotter Park. Or, if people are interested in an inside activity they can go down to Southwest Public Power District for a game of bingo.

Saturday evening boasts a free barbecue followed by a dance at the park.

Sunday morning things kick off with attendance at each person’s church of choice or at the community church at the park hosted by the Methodist Church. A potluck lunch will follow church in the park.

Pioneer Days conclude with a sing-along at the Church of Christ Sunday afternoon.


Other service projects

The primary purpose of the committee may be the three-day celebration in June, but the committee does much more for the community.

For instance, the group raised money to purchase a new sound system for Palisade’s main street. The system is available for use year-round in the community. It’s been used to shower the community with music in the mornings, to play Christmas music during the holidays and to allow all to hear the announcer during the Pioneer Days parade.

The committee also started the community Christmas tree project a few years back. Last year the Suda family graciously offered to spearhead the project which freed up committee members’ time during the busy holiday season.

The group also makes itself available for other needs in the community. “We are just a group of go-getters. When someone needs something done they know they can call us,” explains Kisinger.

Committee members have organized soup suppers and Indian taco nights as fundraisers for Pioneer Days and for the benefit of community members in need.


Series on local service organizations and clubs

This story is part of an ongoing series highlighting service organizations and community clubs in the Wauneta area. The purpose of the series is to inform the public of what local organizations are doing for the community and how they can help.

At the end of the series, Breeze readers will be asked to vote for their favorite organization or club. The organization or club receiving the most votes will be given a $50 donation to use towards the project of its choice.

Organizations and community clubs interested in being featured in the series should contact the Breeze at 308-394-5389 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Last Updated on Thursday, 29 March 2012 20:10