Berry Pepper Festival: Creighton shows off drink, culture

CREIGHTON -- The three-day 147th Berry Pepper Festival showed off Creighton culture this weekend. 

"It's a big thing because everybody is just excited to get out," said Cory Frisch, Creighton Chamber President. "We were cooped up for a year and it's fun to enjoy the people and festivities." 

"We couldn't do it last year because of the pandemic, so we're having a good time," Laura Owenf said.

It all started in the 1950s when one man decided to mix Dr. Pepper and alcohol. 

"It's actually a frozen drink that's sold at the pool and gas stations," said Jessica Gragert, server at the festival. 

The actual drink came from Biff Warren, a local celebrity who returned this weekend to kick off a baseball game's first pitch. Owenf said that made the festivities even more special. 

Festivities included dancing, singing, a cornhole tournament and an economic profit. 

"I have a business down the street, I enjoy cooking out [...] It's huge [for business]," Rhonda Hurteg said. 

"It brings business to the town, the rib fest cookers buying things," said Brandon Gragert, chamber VP.  His dad owns a grocery store in town. There's also a bar that just opened last month in town. 

Frisch hopes that for their 150th, the town can add a fireworks show. 

"Maybe it will be the small Big Bang Boom," Brandon Gragert said.