CASS COUNTY FAIR
Late summer always brings with it the County Fair and all its' fun!
Last week, August 11 through the 14th, all roads leading to 144th Street and Highway 1, north of Weeping Water, were kept busy bringing in fair participants with all their animals or other entries.
On Saturday night, the parade was center focus. A large crowd gathered on both sides of the parade route. As usual, kids scrambled for candy that was thrown by those riding on floats, cars and trucks. Politicians handed-out fliers with only their best attributes listed and others belted out tunes on shiny instruments as they marched by in unison with their friends. Laughter and screams lifted through the atmosphere, as teens from one float sprayed water guns over the crowd on the warm summer evening. Flags and balloons waved freely in the air, as if announcing the back-to-school and harvest seasons at the same time.
The soft mooing of cows from the 4-H barn can be heard, along with giggles from little children playing keep-away with a new stuffed animal toy their big brother had just won at one of the midway games.
Rides were spinning, twirling and flashing lights as kids, young and old, stood in line, counting their tickets to be sure they'd have enough to get on.
Garden produce was picked, washed and displayed to show-off.
Picnic tables were lined with checked vinyl coverings and seats on both sides were taken just as soon as one body left. Faces poked through tiny windows of 'snack shacks', taking orders for lemonade, cotton candy, brisket sandwiches or homemade pie.
Ah, fair time...there's nothing else like it to brighten up your face!
If you have any fair photos, please send them along to us, so we can post them here, too.
Above is the population sign posted along Highway 1 on the west side of town. This figure is from the 2000 census.
If you happen to venture just about anywhere, you'll notice almost every town has some kind of a "welcome" sign to greet you and let you know where you are on the map. Much research shows that there has never been such a sign for this great little village that we call 'home', so we should change that!
The Murray Planning Commission and the Village Board have approved the idea of placing two "Welcome to Murray" signs along Highway 1 approaching town. Both signs would be on the right side of the road as you are entering Murray from east or west.
Current landowners have yet to be approached about putting these signs on their property, so if you are one of these fine people, we'd appreciate your views on the matter. We'd like to have designs for landowners and Village Board to preview so they could make a good, informed decision.
Now, this is where YOU come in! We need designs - lots of designs! Our criteria would be for the sign to have an attractive appearance and to be low in maintenance.
If you are a creative person and have any ideas for the signs or think you can draw or dream up a design, ask someone to help you. Then, send your sketches or drawings to either Dave Coulby at email@example.com or to Editor@MurrayNebraska.com.
We'll keep you up-to-date on the progress of this as time goes along.
Your favorite recipes using summer's fresh harvest to
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SLATTERY VINTAGE ESTATES
VINEYARD & TASTING ROOM
On the outdoor stage
Saturday, August 21, 2010,
SHAWN COLE and THE GROOVE
plays your favorites on three instruments at once!
Local Louisville singer, Kenny Jones will be on stage too!
Simply put, one of the most interesting live shows you will ever see.
We will be open 5-10, Band begins at 7pm. $5 cover.
Slattery Vintage Estates Vineyard & Tasting Room
8925 Adams St.
A Sightreading Workshop is scheduled for Saturday, October 2, 2010,
from 1 PM - 3 PM in the Old Avoca Schoolhouse, in picturesque Avoca,
This will be a wonderful opportunity to play with other music students, and
sightread music that you've never seen before, and don't have to ever see again.
During the workshop, musicians will be discussing how to negotiate new
compositions with minimum stress, and maximum music. The beauty of
this workshop is that all you have to do is show up!
There is no preparation necessary, although pre-registration
is required, and there is a $20.00 fee.
For more information, call 402-275-3221,
or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Great Plains Bicycling Club (GPBC) is sponsoring the 6th annual Heatstroke 100 bicycle ride through Saunders, Sarpy, and Cass Counties on Sunday August 29th. The ride starts at the SAC Museum and includes three loops totaling 105 miles.
The three routes explore the scenic Platte River valley and pass through the towns of Ashland, Louisville, South Bend, and Ceresco. Two of the loops cross the Lied Platte River Bridge. The loop distances are 24, 35, and 46 miles. Riders can cycle one, two, or all three of the loops. The ride begins at 7:30 a.m. and the last of the riders should be finished by 5:30 p.m.
Depending upon the weather, the ride is expected to draw 250-300 riders. Along the routes on roads with no shoulders there will be signs stating "Caution: Cyclist Ahead". The club also has 2 - 3 roving SAG vehicles along the loops to assist riders who have equipment failure or simply
"run out of gas". In addition, members of the Lancaster County Ham Radio Club are providing communications along the route.
Several stationary SAG stops with snacks and beverages will greet riders along the route. Grilled brats will be available afterwards at the SAC Museum. Registration fees are $25 for an individual or $50 for a family.
If you'd like to join the riders you can find more information at www.greatplainsbikeclub.org .
If you're not inclined to join the riders, then please watch out for them out on the roads.
John & Linda Konfrst
Thanks for 50 years together!
from your kids,
Dan, Nadine, and Gary
Help celebrate their September 19th anniversary with a Card Shower!
Send your card to John and Linda at PO Box 23, Murray, NE 68409
give them a call: 402-235-2159
In Louisville, NE
SUPPORT CONESTOGA FFA
(on SATURDAY MORNINGS at)
THE PLATTSMOUTH FARMERS' MARKET
Click on the drop-down menu under the 'Community' tab at top for the
The CASS COUNTY GOING GREEN recycle trailer will be located in the
southwest corner of the Murray Rural Fire Dept.'s parking lot the following dates:
August 14 - 20
September 4 - 10
September 25 - October 1
October 15 - 22
November 6 - 12
November 27 - December 3
December 18 - 24
(The Waste Management recycle bins located behind Town Hall are for
Murray residents only, although Murray residents may also use the
Cass County Recycle Trailer.)
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