Escape Reality and Visit Merna Heritage Days!

Escape Reality and Visit Merna Heritage Days!
Merna is gearing up for the annual Heritage Days celebration! Photo: Merna Heritage Days Facebook page, 2017

MERNA—There is something worth celebrating no matter which direction you go this weekend. Head to Merna and “escape reality” during the annual Merna Heritage Days!

“Merna Heritage Days really is a fun activity,” John Smith of Nebraska State Bank said. “The community really pours out the support.”

The theme of this year’s event is “Escape Reality” and in an interview with KCNI/KBBN Kelly Safranek said everyone’s reality is different. “Escaping reality…escaping to the lake, back in time, or anywhere you want to be,” Craig Safranek added, and people are especially encouraged to escape to Merna for the weekend!

The theme will be carried out during the Parade down Main Street at 10 a.m. on Saturday (lineup at 9 a.m.) as well as an exciting new event–a mobile escape room.

Kelly Safranek said a trailer from Kearney will visit Merna with two escape rooms and the opportunity for teams of six to compete against one another and try to escape. Time slots are 20 minutes each and the event is free from 1-5 p.m. on Saturday. Call Hillary Williams at 308-870-4620 to learn more and reserve a spot.

Friday, July 5: 4th Annual Anselmo-Merna Foundation Banquet at the One Box Convention Center in Broken Bow. Contact Barb Miller at 308-643-0400, 308-643-9354, or visit to learn more.

Saturday, July 6: Free Pancake Feed at the A-M School 7:30-9:30 a.m., Concessions by The Secret Garden,, Craft Vendors and Street Fair, Lunch at the Community Center 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Pedal Tractor Pull, Basketball Challenge at 11:30 a.m., and Sand Volleyball.

Also on Saturday afternoon will be the Tractor/Car Show, Photo Scavenger Hunt at the Secret Garden, Mini Golf, Water Activities, Face Painting, Kids Races/Games, Bingo, Bunny Bingo, Pin Pong Drop, Alumni BBQ in the city park, Fireman’s Watermelon Feed, Teen Dance, and the Heritage Days finale with the Firemen’s Fireworks at 10 p.m.

The Merna Heritage Days committee thanks all of its sponsors and donors to make this weekend possible.