(Shaun Friedrichsen, Publisher)
With the tractor pull kicking off the 2016 Diller Picnic on Thursday evening deemed a success, the community of Diller has much more in store for those who attend this community celebration.
Doug Lottman, who helped to organize the celebration, explained that this year’s opening event was one of the most successful ones in history. He believes this is because of the large turnout of people and the great number of participants.
“This was one of the best tractor pulls we’ve ever had,” said Lottman. “We had more tractors enrolled this year, and we had a big crowd.”
Lottman hopes that the momentum from Thursday will continue through Friday and Saturday. Although they had to cancel the micro wrestling event Friday, Lottman stated that there are other events lined up, such as the food stand to help St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, a carnival and a fireworks show sponsored by Ol’ Red 99.5 and News Channel Nebraska.
On Saturday, events begin at 8 a.m. at the community building with the Pancake Man helping to raise money for the Diller-Odell High School Art Club. At 9, kids will begin the one mile fun run/walk on main street.
Registration for the 25th annual Pasture Golf Tournament opens at 10 a.m. at C&C Processing. Shortly after that at 11, the Mid States Mud Draggers will begin tearing up the track with a show expected to run for four hours.
Our Savior Lutheran Church’s youth group will open their food stand at the community building at 5, offering people the chance to take a break from the heat. Also at 5 at the Opera House will be Van’s Chicken Barbecue.
A “Back to the Future” themed parade will begin wrapping up the Diller Picnic. Lottman explained that there will even likely be a Delorean cruising through the parade. Following the parade, people are invited to experience the music of Bryton Stoll in the park as part of a free concert.
Throughout the celebration, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church will have their food stand open, as well as the carnival.
Lottman explained that the Diller Picnic wouldn’t be possible without the help of the volunteers.
“I just want to thank all of the volunteers who help work the gates, check IDs and help with the food stands,” Lottman said. “We have about 75 people who help with the Diller Picnic every year. I’m glad that they’re willing to do this.”
For a full list of events, check out http://dillerpicnic.net/events/.