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Written by Wauneta Breeze   
Thursday, 12 June 2014 00:00

By Sheri Hink-Wagner

The Wauneta Breeze


The 32nd annual Palisade Pioneer Days will kick off tomorrow, Friday, June 13. This year’s celebration will feature two new and exciting events on Saturday.

Pioneer Days committee members added a Show & Shine car show and Pioneer Survivor Games to the list of activities on Saturday.

All makes and models are welcome at the Show & Shine car show. Those who would like to enter a vehicle in the show can register in front of Steinke Farm Services after the parade.

The Show & Shine will kick off at 1 p.m. and last until 4 p.m. CT. For more information, contact Andrew Ward at (308) 350-0289.

The other new event, the Survivor Games, will test contestants on their brains, brawn, speed and agility to survive.

“We wanted to do something different and something that reflects our small town, and so many towns like us! We work together, win together and survive together. Just because we are small doesn’t mean we can’t think BIG!” explains Survivor Games coordinator Larissa Gerhartz. “So, I wanted to create something huge! It’s going to be something different and fun!”

Participation is limited to eight teams of four. Each team must pick one person to compete in the brain, brawn, speed or agility categories.

The brain category will test contestants’ survival skills with puzzles, problem solving and Palisade trivia.

Those competing in the brawn category will traverse obstacle courses to complete survival tasks.

The speed category will test contestants’ speed as they work to maneuver through obstacle courses as fast as possible to complete tasks.

The final category, agility, will require contestants to test their balance by completing tasks on unsteady surfaces.

The Games will begin at Krotter Park at 2 p.m. CT, with registration starting at 1 p.m. CT. For more information or to register contact Larissa Gerhartz at 308-737-6611.


Friday evening at the park

Event organizers designed Friday evening, June 13, with several fun, family-friendly events at Krotter Park.

The many offerings include softball, beach pong, music, a fire pit (bring your own marshmallows for roasting) as well as kids’ games. The Palisade 4-H Club will serve snow cones at the park. Concessions will be available thanks to the Hitchcock County cheerleaders.


Parade, family fun Saturday

Plan to spend your entire day in town on Saturday, June 14. Things get started at 7 a.m. CT with the Firemen’s Breakfast at the Fire Hall and just keep on going.

There will be a photography contest and parade in the morning.

The parade theme is “Remember Yesterday, Survive Today, Dream Tomorrow.” The Grand Marshals will be representatives of the Thrift Shop which was operated by the United Methodist Women for 46 years. The Thrift Shop opened its doors in September 1968 and closed them May 31, 2014.

Those who would like to participate in the parade may register Saturday morning at 9 a.m. at the Palisade Elevator. Those with questions may call Lisa Kisinger at 308-285-3243.

After the parade there will be a cake walk, kiddy carnival and kids’ games downtown.

Southwest Public Power District (SWPPD) will also provide free bucket truck rides and high voltage safety demos after the parade.

There are a couple options for lunch, the Ladies Auxiliary will serve lunch at the Auxiliary Hall and the VFW will serve lunch at the Legion Post 318.

After lunch the AMVETS will have bingo at SWPPD. SWPPD will also host free swimming at Krotter Park.

The annual horseshoe tournament will be held at Krotter Park. Registration begins at 1:30 p.m. CT and the entry fee is $10. The tournament will begin at 2 p.m. CT.

Saturday evening there will be a free photo box at Krotter Park. SWPPD will also serve the annual free barbecue at Krotter Park.

After the barbecue AMVETS will hold their annual pie and ice cream fundraiser at the park.

Saturday’s activities will round off with 3oh8 DJ and dancing at the park.


Worship, community and thanks on Sunday

The celebration continues Sunday morning with morning worship at Krotter Park sponsored by the Methodist Church, or attend the church of your choice.

After worship there will be a pot luck dinner at Krotter Park starting at 12:15 p.m. CT. The event is hosted by the community together with the Palisade churches. In case of bad weather the pot luck will be held at Mimn Hall next to the Catholic Church.

The final event of the weekend will be a Free Sundae on Sunday event at the Auxiliary Hall. The event is intended to serve as a thank you to everyone who worked together to put on the weekend of festivities and all those who attended the events.

See the full schedule of events on page 7 of this issue.