Cairo CornStalk Festival Almost here!!

Remember the Cairo CornStalk festival starts Friday June 22 in the evening with a road rally, Corn Queen Contest & “Destination Rock & Roll” Concert.

Then on Saturday have some pancakes in the morning with the American Legion at the Fire Hall at 7:00 am and have your car washed by the Centura Girls BB team.  Quilt Show & Roots Museum open at 9:00 along with coffee and rolls at the Senior Center  then head downtown for the parade at 10:00 am with our Grand Marshall Verne Hickok.  After the parade there will be games, turtle races, free swimming, free watermelon & lemonade,and the Boy Scout dunk tank at the pool park.  Along with food from the Cairo Ball Association, SYDS Foundation, root beer floats from SYF, snow cones & cotton candy from New Hope Christian school all for sale.  We will also have a slice of pie in the afternoon for $1 from the pie baking contest!!  Car show and golf scramble start at 1:00 pm.  Pitch tournament and Bingo at the Senior Center.  Then at 4:00 pm down town there will be Hip Hop classes!  5:30 pm Fireman water fights downtown along with free Hamburgers and Hot Dogs provided by SonLight Bible Fellowship church.  End the evening with the street dance featuring “Borderline” from 8 pm-midnight!

Lots of fun things to do spend your Friday night and Saturday in Cairo!!

iPad Raffle

The Cairo CornStalk Festival committee will have another iPad Raffle this year and the drawing will be held at the street dance on Saturday June 23rd and you do not need to be present to win.  $20/ticket and only 100 tickets will be sold!  They are available from committee members and at city hall!

Cairo Fire Department News



 Officer elections were held in May for upcoming season.  The results of the recent elections are as follows:

Chief:              Steve Oseka

Asst. Chief:     Todd Harders

Captain:           Joe Grabowski

Lieutenant:      Shawn Harders

President:        John McIntosh

Vice Pres:        Loren Dibbern

Sec/Treas:        Francis Johnson          

 STEVE CALLAHAN                        LOREN DIBBERN               BEN DIBBERN






STEVE OSEKA                     MARLIN SCHWEITZER     RICH SVITAK         

BRIAN WETZEL                  RANDY WETZEL                RON WOITASZEWSKI


ANDREW MANGET                        BILL BROWN                       BEN JOHNSON (Cadet)

                                                          “We are in Your corner.”


 Seven of our Rural Volunteer Fire Fighters attended the recent NE State Fire School held in Grand Island on May 16-19, 2012.  Classes/Training sessions included a variety of opportunities for learning:  indoor/outdoor fire control; Hazardous material issues; traffic; water control, etc.  Members who took the time off to attend school include:  Ben Dibbern, Francis Johnson, Wade Osburn, John McIntosh, Anson Dockhorn, and Steve Oseka.

 Thank you, Gentlemen for your commitment and efforts.

Turtle Races and more at CornStalk Festival!!

New Kids Games This Year

This year’s CornStalk Festival will be offering a few new kids games in addition to the little kids games, barrel train, the volleyball court and the dunk tank.  New games to be offered are Buddy Blaster, this adds a new twist to water guns; Puff Beard, come see what this one is all about; longest drive contest, hula hoop toss  and a frozen t-shirt contest.   These games are open to everyone some are individual play and some are for teams of 2-3 people.  All kids games start at 11:00 at the pool park following the parade.

Round up your turtle

This year the CornStalk Festival will be having turtle races.  These will begin at 12:30 at the pool parking lot, look for the circle painted on the concrete!   Please no snapping turtles!  Your turtle will need a name and a racing number.  Come cheer on your favorite turtle!

Pie Baking Contest at CornStalk Festival

2012 Cairo CornStalk Festival Pie Baking Contest

YUM!!  It’s time again for the 3rd Annual Cairo CornStalk Festival Pie Baking Contest!  Whether it be berry, apple or cream pie, bring out your favorite pie for judging.  The remaining pie will be sliced and sold Saturday with proceeds benefiting the Cairo CornStalk committee.

 Baking Rules:

  1. Eligibility: Anyone who can bake may enter!  There is no age limit!
  2. All entries will be judged on: Appearance (25%), Taste (50%), Overall impression (25%).
  3. You may enter as many pies as you would like.
  4. Pies NEED to be baked in an 8 or 9-inch DISPOSABLE pie pan.  Please bring your entries wrapped in plastic or foil.
  5. All entries must be baked at home. No pre-mixes, canned fillings, commercial mixes.
  6. Recipes should accompany contestant’s baked entry but contestant’s name cannot appear on the recipe.
  7. All pies become the property of the CornStalk committee and will be sold following the judging results.
  8. The judging will take place after the parade on Saturday.
  9. A first place, second place and third place will be awarded to the top 3 entries.

 The pies can be dropped off between 8-9 am at the Cairo Community Center.  Contact Christy Osburn at 485-4742 or 308-383-5506 for more information!

 Pie Baking Contest Form 2012

CornStalk Festival Road Rally to Benefit Comfort Dog Ministry at Christ Lutheran Church

We’re pleased to announce that a very popular event is back for the Cornstalk Festival, and it’s for a great cause.    On Friday, June 22, a road rally will begin at Christ Lutheran Church at 6:30 p.m. where participants will be sent out with clues by Myron Oseka and some burgers & hot dogs for the road.     Cost per person is $10, which includes the meal.   A $25 gift certificate to Aces & Eights will go to the first prize winner, $20 certificate to The Watering Hole for 2nd and $15 certificate to Bosselman’s Pump & Pantry for 3rd.

 Please come to help support the comfort dog ministry at Christ Lutheran.    In addition to visiting ABC Daycare, nursing homes, veterans, etc., the dog will be used to help give comfort to people facing personal and community crises.   

 Please contact Jaci Knuth at 308-390-6686 with any questions.


Verne Hickok to be Grand Marshall of CornStalk Parade

The 2012 CornStalk Parade is fast approaching, start building your parade float!  This year’s theme is “Cairo…Little Town, Big Dreams”.  The parade Grand Marshal will be Verne Hickok. Verne was nominated as the Grand Marshal because of his positive outlook of the Cairo Community and he represents the theme of this year’s festival  very well.  Vern lived the majority of his life in Atkinson, Nebraska.  He worked as the postmaster for several years and retired in 1990, he moved to Cairo in 2006.  You can often find him helping out at Aces and Eights in Cairo.  Verne’s family includes his son David from Twin Falls ID, his daughter Shana from Cairo, and son and daughter in-law Donn and Vikki Hickok from Cairo along with their 4 children Emily, Jacob, Paige and Maddy. Verne served in the Army from 1953-1955.  He is a member of the American Legion, Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Dannebrog, and Rail Road Historical Society. Verne enjoys riding his bike, volunteering, watching sports and participating and reporting on local events.  Verne enjoys the people of Cairo and appreciates the small town flare the town offers.  He believes we have an outstanding school system and takes pride in all the positives that this community has. Verne will get the honor of selecting the outstanding parade float at the festival.  Anyone can participate in the parade.  Parade entries will be judged on the following categories: Best of Theme, Mayor’s Choice, and Grand Marshall’s Choice.  Again this year due to generous donations prize money will be awarded to those categories. 

 Parade check in will begin at 9:00 am on the northwest corner of the Community Center.  The parade will kick off at 10am on Main Street.  

Preregistering for the parade is appreciated but not required.  Parade applications can be picked up at City Hall, the City website  or contact Jaci Knuth at 308-384-1416.