MINDEN — Kathi Schutz, administrator of the Minden Chamber of Commerce, knows a good way to celebrate the start of summer — and to attract neighbors.
“The Dawg Days event is designed to bring together our community and our out-lying communities to kind of kick off and celebrate the start of summer,” she said. “This year we’ve attached our annual Christmas City Classic Car Show to our Dawg Days so it’s a two-day event instead of one.”
The annual event on Saturday and Sunday will feature food trucks, activities for the entire family as well as art demonstrations by Sally Jurgensmeier.
“She does sculpting with metal,” Schutz said. “She’s going to do a special art project with children.”
Other highlights include performances of “Robin Hood” by the Missoula Children’s Theatre at the Minden Opera House.
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“Giving back to the community is another part of this event,” Schutz said. “And we think it’s a good way to kick off the summer.”
She said she enjoys all the events and tries to participate in everything she can during Dawg Days.
“I oversee all of the events,” Schutz said. “I grew up and had a career in Girl Scouting for many years so participating and being a part of something special has always been my favorite to anything. Growing up in rural Nebraska, you can’t beat it.”
Dawg Days can also serve as a good introduction to Minden, the county seat of Kearney County, about 26 miles south of Kearney.
“I’m always excited to see new people come to our community that haven’t had a chance to be here or haven’t’ been here for years,” Schutz said. “There are lots of changes happening here. I think this is a great way to reconnect with a community that is known for its Christmas tradition as well as all kinds of traditions.”
The city features lots of parking — along with friendly residents.
“There will be signage up for parking,” Schutz said. “There’s always plenty of room and we’ll help you reach your destination. This is a smaller area so it’s really easy to find everything. Be sure and ask lots of questions. There are lots of people in the community who can help you find your way if you are coming from out of town.”