Silver Creek

SILVER CREEK, Neb. — Silver Creek, Nebraska, will celebrate its 150th anniversary through Sunday.

Celebration activities and events will include a Tractor Poker Run, a car show, bounce houses and softball and volleyball tournaments. A parade will be at 1 p.m. Saturday. Polka bands will play from 3 to 8 p.m.

The polka bands will be followed by local country, ’80s and ’90s band The Back Forty. The band, which started in 2011 in Norfolk, plays modern country, Southern rock and ’80s and ’90s rock. The four-man band plays a range of cover songs.

Travis Vanek, chairman of the celebration’s board, said the town held a celebration for its 100th year but hasn’t since then. He said every event is new except for the car show, which happens every year.

“We’ve been at it for a while,” Vanek said about planning the celebration. He said it took a little more than a year to plan.

He said he personally wasn’t familiar with The Back Forty, but he knows many young people are excited to see them. He heard they put on a good show.

“I was like, fine, let’s have a party,” Vanek said about when The Back Forty was chosen to play. He said he’s excited for the celebration and the music group.

Everything at the celebration is free except for food and drinks. He said people, even if they’re not from the area, can come out and just have a good time.

“That was my goal when we started this,” Vanek said about creating a happy and inviting atmosphere.

A fireworks display will be at dusk Saturday at the ballpark. A raffle to win two engraved commemorative Henry rifles, a processed whole hog and two processed half hogs will be at 7 p.m. Saturday.

“Everyone’s getting pretty excited,” Vanek said about the town’s attitude toward the celebration. He said the townspeople are happy Silver Creek is still together and able to celebrate 150 years.

For more information on the celebration, visit the Facebook page at Silver Creek’s 150th or email

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