They call it a Celebration of Rebuilding, Resilience, and Recovery for all who helped Pilger pick up the pieces after a devastating tornado a year ago.
The weekend celebration gets under this afternoon as Midwest Bank breaks ground at its new location at 2nd and Main Street in downtown Pilger.
A community picnic will be held tonight at 6:30pm at the city park, where much of the festivities take place this weekend.
“The Park has always been an important part of Pilger,” Angela Denton, Co-Chair for the Reinventing Pilger Committee, tells Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KTCH. “But it became even more important last year where it was the command center where all of the residents could gather and we spent a lot of time there.”
Friday evening will wrap up with the movie “The Boxtrolls” at the Pilger ball field at sundown. Freewill donations are accepted. Bring your own seating.
An adult co-ed softball tournament begins events on Saturday with first pitch at 8 o’clock.
At 10a.m., there will be a Progressive Walking Tour, Pilger Peddler event, and a book signing by LaRayne M. Topp, author of “Eighty-Seconds,” from 10a.m. till noon.
Both the library and museum will be open much of the day Saturday.
The Iowa Storms Chasers will do a presentation throughout the day at the park, pending weather.
Food vendors will be on hand. An inflatable Midway will be open from noon until 4 o’clock.
Saturday evening will wrap up with a couple of concerts: First from 6:30 – 8 p.m. the Damon Nomad Band will perform at the Pilger ball field and then from 8-8:15 p.m. there will be the State of Pilger Address followed by another concert.
“At 8:30 we have a local artist, Rachel Price, who is from O’Neill,” Denton adds. “That is doing some recording in Nashville and she is going to do a concert from 8:30 to midnight.”
A community church service will be held at the Pilger Park, beginning at 10 o’clock Sunday morning. There will be a flag dedication at the Pilger Library from the Omaha Post 1 American Legion Riders.
“There is something for everyone all weekend here in Pilger,” Denton said. “As we reflect back on the last year and how far we’ve come and we are just stopping for a moment just to say thank you to everybody that had supported us throughout this last year.”
For more information, go to PilgerRE: Celebration on Facebook or visit the Reinventing Pilger website at www.pilgerre.wordpress.com <http://www.pilgerre.wordpress.com>.
An EF4 tornado hit Pilger June 16th last year, nearly wiping out the village.
By Aaron Scheffler, KTCH