On June 11 and 12 the Seneca will host its long awaited sesquicentennial celebration. Originally scheduled for June of 2020 the event was postponed until this summer, now being called Seneca’s ‘150+1 Celebration.’
Festivities will begin the evening of Friday, June 11 at 5:00pm with a cruise night on Main Street. The cruise night is sponsored by The Nemaha County STEP Foundation and will include limeades being served at Cornerstone Coffee Haus. Music will play on the loudspeakers on Main Street, bring out your classic cars to cruise or a lawn chair to enjoy the show. Additionally, Friday night at 7pm at Skoch Park, located at 1501 Community Drive in Seneca, Mitch Holthus will speak to the community. The speaker is sponsored by the Nemaha County Healthcare Foundation, the City of Seneca, and Community National Bank. Also at Skoch Park there will be food trucks available from 5:30 to 7:30pm.
Then during the morning of Saturday, June 12 Seneca’s Pony Express Museum, Military Museum, and Sheriff’s Jail & Residence will all be open for visitors and tours from 9am to 12pm. In addition to the museums there will also be some turn of the century demonstrators on the lawns of the Military Museum and Sheriff’s Residence at those same times. Demonstrators include butter churning, candle making, sawmill, and steam powered engines. Moreover, Saturday morning the Seneca Farmer’s Market will be going on in the yard of The Market Greenhouse & Garage, 33 N 5th Street. The morning hours will be a perfect time to stroll through Seneca’s downtown enjoying shops and Seneca’s self-guided historic downtown walking tour, maps for which can be found at 523 Main Street in the mailbox. At Skoch park a cornhole tournament will be taking place, registration will be $40 per team – check in and registration will be at 10am at the tennis courts, play will begin at 11am. There will be both competitive and social divisions.
In the afternoon of Saturday, June 12 all of the activities will be happening at Skoch Park, live music will begin at 1pm. The lineup for music is Repeat Offenders playing from 1pm to 3pm, Sawyer Jay playing from 3:30pm to 5:30pm, Acoustic Rooster playing from 5:45pm to 8pm, and our headliner David Oakleaf & The Open Road playing from 8:30pm to 10:30pm. In addition to the live music there will be games and activities happening at Skoch Park from 1pm to 6pm including: axe throwing, face painting, a cake walk, a strolling magician, yard games, a duck pond, sno cones, and more games! At 4pm Spanky’s Bar & Grill will start cooking hamburgers and hotdogs and will also have a beer garden.
All of these activities and music could not be possible without the generous donations of all our sponsors: Platinum Level: Koch & Company, Community National Bank, the City of Seneca, and the Seneca Area Chamber and Downtown Impact. Gold Level: Eisenbarth Plumbing, Medical Arts Pharmacy, Lauer-Love Funeral Home, United Bank & Trust, Water Conditioning of Seneca. Silver Level: Ag Partners COOP, Altenhofen Inn & Suites, Capture Photography, Hammes Trucking, Heinen True Value & Just Ask Rentals, Kickhaefer & Buessing, P.A., Rainbow Communications, Saylor Insurance Service, Sure Crop Fertilizers. Bronze Level: AHRS Construction, Bruna Implement, Durland Auto, Farmer’s Union Insurance – Jerry Nolte, G & R Printing, Nemaha County Training Center, O’Keefe Law Office, Seneca Ready Mix, The American Legion, The Courier-Tribune, and The Nemaha County STEP Foundation.