BROKEN BOW—American Legion Riders kicked off the annual Custer County Fair Parade in downtown Broken Bow on July 29. Thanks to the Lions Club for sponsoring the event, which featured 56 entries celebrating Nebraska’s 150 years.
The parade was preceded by the Chamber food and craft court in the city square, with the historical bandstand in the center of it all. Local vendors selling cookies, snow cones, clothing, rugs, and other goods filled the square and provided shopping opportunities for individuals and families from across the county. A bouncy house and bubble area also provided fun activities for kids.
An emphasis on creativity was the focus for many of the parade float entries, which ranged from classic tractors to modern implements and pick-up trucks to a birthday cake float, which earned Nebraska State Bank a second place award in the business category. Horses and motorcycles also filled the downtown streets along with a covered wagon float, the Grand Prize Winner submitted by Broken Bow Care and Rehabilitation Center.
The Broken Bow Spirit Squad cheered for the Huskers and the youngsters of the Just for Kix Dance Program were adored by the crowd. The Broken Bow High School marching band performed the National Anthem as well as Lady Gaga’s “Applause.” The Middle School marching band performed “Don’t Stop Believing” by Journey.
Young children, and even adults, enjoyed candy and treats from the parade. Local law enforcement directed traffic to ensure the crowd’s safety and area fire departments showed off their rigs to bring the parade to a close.
On behalf of the Broken Bow Lions Club, Jeanne Grantzinger would like to thank all the volunteers who helped with the parade and said see you next year.
Winners in the different categories are as follows:
1st – Broken Bow Care and Rehabilitation Center
2nd – Nebraska State Bank
3rd – Great Western Bank
1st – Broken Bow Methodist Church
1st – Don Hardy 1930 Model A
Clubs & Organizations
1st – Thumbs Up 4-H Club
2nd – Broken Bow Elks Lodge
3rd – Just For Kix Dance Program
1st – We Mow Graveyards
1st – Brent Myers 1957 Farmall 400
2nd- Dennis Cramer 1937 John Deere
3rd – Darrell Myers 1947-2948 “Sassy Massey”
Oldest Rider – McDowell Farm & Ranch
Best Dressed – McDowell Farm & Ranch
Youngest Rider – Contreras Construction
Broken Bow Care and Rehabilitation Center