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 It's Cass County Fair Week!

Are you excited? Are you heading there right now? Will you be there every day? 

county fair 2018The Cass County Fair is the best county fair in the state of Nebraska hands down and it just keeps getting better and better. It's my favorite time of the year. Everyone is excited and I think just about everyone goes at least once to the fair. This year should be even better with more surprises, activities, and events. 

Kona Ice will be there on Saturday and 20% of the proceeds will be to support the Elmwood-Murdock Cheer squad. On a hot day, the Ices will be a welcome treat and I'm sure they will be very popular. It's the same Kona Ice that has been at the Elmwood Park during the String Beans concert. 

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The Fair Board does a fantastic job getting corporate sponsors so it can be a FREE, a TOTALLY FREE fair with no admission fees, no parking fees and no extra charges for special events like Extreme Bull Riding or Figure 8 Races. 

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The Livestock building has to be one of the nicest in the state. It is bright, airy, comfortable for the animals and visitors. Don't miss the very popular Critter encounter, food demonstrations, BMX exhibit, goat milking, and pedal pull competitions are just a few of the things to see. 

I LOVE the county fair and it's been a tradition for 30 years. It's the place to see people you may only see once a year. So if you see me sitting at a church food booth, sit down and let's chat. Or maybe you want to watch some barrel racing, I'll be there with my camera. Heck, I'll be everywhere with my camera. 


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If you have moved away and still yearn for the fair, then make sure to come back next week for fair photos and videos.

It will make you want to get on the plane next year just for Fair Week. 

See you at the fair!

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Governor Ricketts has issued a news release, which is now available below.

Flags to Fly at Half-Staff to Honor Victims of the Tragedies in El Paso & Dayton till dawn on August 8th

08/04/2019 01:30 PM CDT

LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts, in accordance with a proclamation from President Donald J. Trump, announced that all U.S. and Nebraska flags are to be flown at half-staff in honor of the victims of the tragedies in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio.


Share Your Thoughts on the Costco Chicken Barns
Lincoln Premium Poultry is trying to bring four large chicken confinement barns with 65,000 chickens to Cass County.

These are Costco chicken barns which have been opposed in every other county they have targeted including Lancaster, Dodge, Washington, Colfax, Platte, Butler and Madison counties. The proposed site is three miles diagonally from Elmwood. If passed, this would be the largest animal confinement unit in Cass County – the size of six football fields full of chickens.

There are also other sites in Cass County being considered for other Costco barns.

The zoning commission will hold a public hearing at the Cass County Courthouse on Monday, August 12 at 7 p.m. Residents interested in sharing their opinions may attend the meeting in person or send an email to the zoning board at zoning@cassne.org.

Local residents may share their opinions with county commissioners who will make the final decision on this Conditional Use Permit. You can find the five commissioner’s name and email addresses at http://www.cassne.org/commish.html. 


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Elmwood Car Show

 Last Saturday was the Elmwood Car show and hundreds of people came to see a street full of classic cars and vintage cars. It was a perfect day, not too hot and not too cold.

If you have more pictures of your favorite car you can send them to me at editor@elmwoodnebraska.com car show elmwood 2019

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5K Fun Run/Walk Fundraiser

September 7, 2019, 7:30 am

One month away from the registration dealing. Get those registrations in at the Sign-up sheet. HERE

Proceeds benefit the Elmwood Rescue

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ElmwoodlibrarycardSpread the word about the Elmwood Public Library!

Visit the Overdrive website for more information on checking out electronic books and media. 

Library hours

Monday 3- 8pm

Tuesday 2-6pm

Wednesday 2 pm -6 pm

Thursday 10 am - 2 pm

Saturday 10 am - 2 pm   

Did you know we have a Community Calendar on the website? 

 Yoga in the Park 

Saturday mornings 8 am - 9 am

Cost is $5/person

Join us for Yoga in the Park at the Elmwood Park on Saturday mornings, brought to you by Dyan Lynn Bacon, owner of The Zen Room.  It keeps growing each week and there is even discussion of adding another day based on the increased response. 

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We will count those that mark the event as “going” (click here) as registered. The final count will be checked 24 hours prior to the event. If there are fewer than 4 people marked as going, the event will be canceled for that Saturday morning.

If the events continue to be successful, we will plan to do Yoga in the Park into the Fall and possibly, pending a location, into Winter.

Bring a friend, a yoga mat (or towel) and a water bottle and come to relax during an hour of yoga!

**This is an all-level event, beginners are not only welcome - they are ENCOURAGED!! See you on the mat!!

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Bess Streeter Aldrich House & Museum

 New 1950's Exhibit is currently available for viewing at the Bess Streeter Aldrich House and Museum

Wed, Thurs, Sat, & Sundays 

1:00 - 4:00 pm

Also available for scheduled tours. 

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The Aldrich Foundation is excited to share information about our upcoming August Exhibit. Please share this post with all your textile enthusiasts as this is a unique opportunity to learn from three accomplished needlework enthusiasts.

On Sunday, August 18, there will be demonstrations by all three. Check out the flyer for specific details.

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Learn about penny-type rugs, hearth rugs, miniature quilting, feed sack quilts and much more

If you belong to a group that would like to attend this exhibit and have one or more of the ladies share their talent on a different date, please contact us. 

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Elmwood Farmers Market & Junk in the Trunk

We will be back at the Elmwood Park THIS Saturday, so as you are on your way out to the County Fair stop by and pick up a drink, some jam or fresh herbs. 

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People are LOOKING for Sweet Corn!!

Do you have sweet corn? Bring it to the Elmwood park Saturday morning to the Farmers market. 

Is your garden producing an overabundance of sweet corn, cucumbers, zucchini, tomatoes or anything else? 

Do you like baking cinnamon rolls, cookies, or making crafts?

Do you have honey, eggs, or even make jelly, wine or seasoning dip mixes or soup mixes?

 Bring them to the Elmwood Farmers market on Saturday mornings.

You don't need anything fancy. Heck, you don't even need a table. Just bring a chair to sit. 

We have regulars who show up every week. People are asking for tomatoes, sweet corn, and other produce. 

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Introducing a brand new edition to the weekly news. A weekly recipe feature. This will continue during the Farmers Market season to learn how to fix new dishes with the bountiful garden harvest. For instance, I had no idea how to fix kohlrabi so I talked to the grower and now I have a new healthy dish to add to my families menu.

Sauteed Zucchini and Vegetables

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Sliced Zucchini 

Sliced Kohlrabi 

Sliced Onions

Cherry Tomatoes sliced in half


Salt, Pepper, and Chopped Garlic


  1. Slice zucchini, kohlrabi, onions.
  2. Season with salt, pepper, and minced garlic to taste.
  3. Sautee in butter until tender. 
  4. Add chopped tomatoes and cook until tender and soft. 


If you have a favorite recipe please send a photo and the recipe to editor@elmwoodnebraska.com 

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  Junk in the Trunk

 Trying to get rid of stuff? Have cool stuff you don't want anymore? 

Bring it, sell it, share it!

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RENT the Community Center

Having a baby shower, family reunion or large family dinner?

You can have your party and STILL keep your house clean.

Only $75.00 for four to 6 hours.

Call 402-994-2145 for more details and to set your date. 

Morning Coffee Bar 8:00 am

Coffee, Tea, Milk

(Milk available, please ask the cook)
Free will offering - suggested $1.00

Noon Meals (Eat in or Take-out) $5.00

 Please call by 9:30 am to reserve


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There is a wealth of information on the new Elmwood-Murdock website. It is updated on a daily basis by various teachers and department heads.    

Check out the calendar on the Elmwood Website

Elmwood Community Calendar

 (click here or on the banner above to find the monthly calendar for the month) 

When your group or club meets for an event, take some photos and send them to me with a summary of what was happening and I'll post them here in the Elmwood Newsletter. 

Readers want to see involvement in and around our village.  It not only helps to promote our town, but it could create interest in joining your group.

Youth groups and other civic groups do litter pick-up, sponsor Easter egg hunts, collect food for those less fortunate and meet for crafting, among lots of other events. 

Be sure to check the calendar to the right for upcoming events, also.

Send your updates, announcements, and photos of the events, at editor@elmwoodnebraska.com  

Elmwood #LittleFreePantry

The Little Free Pantry is located between Hufstader Chiropractor, the Elmwood Meat Market, and the Village Hall. 

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 Elmwood Christian Church Update 

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There are things happening. Who is in the news, who is making the news? This is what I need for the upcoming year

SEND NEWS and PHOTOS to editor@elmwoodnebraska.com 


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Gifford Farms 2019This release is to inform others that ESU #3 - Gifford Farm Education Center has now reopened for groups from schools, daycares, and other groups interested in our educational Farm Program.

Many of our other program areas on the farm are still affected by the flooding this past Spring. We have an anticipated opening of either this Fall or Spring of 2020 for those programs. However, most of our educational programs do travel to off-site locations.

We are having a community event this Saturday, August 10th called Teacher Appreciation Night from 6 pm to 8:30 pm. It is to honor our area teachers by allowing teachers free admission to the farm. Admission is $5/each aged 2 and up for additional guests. Our guests will be able to see all the farm animals, take a hayride, and learn about all of our educational programs. Teachers will be able to enter to win gift certificates from some area businesses in our “Teacher Only” raffle. The evening will end with guests being able to roast marshmallows for s’ mores and drink lemonade compliments of Gifford Farm.

Additional community events include:
Fall Festival September 21st and 22nd 10 am to 4 pm
Trick or Treat With the Animals October 19th 10 am to 3 pm
Santa at the Farm (weather permitting) December 7th 10 am to 1 pm

All event descriptions can be found on our Facebook page. Normal admission is $5/each aged 2 and up. At the moment we have limited groups signed up for our educational Farm program, but if interested in doing a shoot with a group, please contact the farm and we can provide possible dates for this.

Shawn Isaacs
Media and Promotions Team Leader
ESU #3 – Gifford Farm Education Center
700 Camp Gifford Road
Bellevue, Nebraska 68005

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