*This story was featured in the Hastings Tribune on July 7, 2016.
HOLSTEIN — With traditional fair season in full swing, the town of Holstein is putting a spin on its own version of fun and entertainment with a Party in the Park event Saturday.
The event features activities throughout the day and night and is the first of its kind in the community since 2012.
“The last event we had similar to this was the 125th Celebration in 2012,” event spokesperson Heather Kuhn said. “The committee hopes to have a good attendance so we can make it an annual event.”
She hopes the events will shine a light on all the hard work that goes into an event like this.
“The Holstein Improvement Committee takes pride in the projects and pride we do,” she said. “They are made possible by the generous patrons who attend and support Holstein events.”
Things begin Saturday at 11 a.m. with the Holstein Fire Department field day, which will teach children about fire equipment and trucks. The field day events will also include a street water slide and a Medi-Vac Helicopter ride raffle drawing. A lunch will also be provided at the Park Pavilion.
After the field day, there will be a sand volleyball tournament and various games at the Holstein sand volleyball courts.
Following the volleyball tournament, patrons have the opportunity to indulge in a smoked pork chop evening meal with a baked potato and green beans at the pavilion.
After dinner, partygoers have the opportunity enjoy a beer garden from 5 p.m. until 1 a.m. and an outdoor concert from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m. featuring the Element Variety Band of Omaha.
“We’re super pumped about this band because they play a little bit of everything that will appeal to all ages,” Kuhn said.
She expects the event will have a close-knit feel and hopes newcomers learn a little more about the town.
“Folks socializing and having a good time in a smaller town like Holstein is always a good thing. Holstein has a pretty laid back, friendly vibe and I hope everyone gets to experience that first-hand at our events,” she said. “Our activities that out-of=towners attends should allow them to see that Holstein has more to offer than expected.”