Do you remember seeing the drone overhead during

the Groundhog Day parade? Here's the link - enjoy!


Groundhog Day 2017

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Bob Brandt, Brody Brandt and "Bill"

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True believers enjoy a hearty breakfast at The Bar (2-2-2017)

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2014 King Roland Rodaway & 2016 Queen Shirley Fensler

(Photo: Bob Brandt)

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Husking Hooks & farm memoriabilia collected by Gene West

History Room

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Corey Schulze operates one of the trains much to the children's


History Room

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Cindi Bassinger & family view displays in the Veterans Room

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Silent Auction items in the Gym

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This year's speaker, Regan Anson, talked about the upcoming

Nebraska 150 Celebration, Nebraska trivia & history, and answered

questions from the crowd.

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Heartland Nuts 'N More had a booth in the Duncan Building with

all kinds of nuts and products made with nuts.

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Contest Judges: Jason Hurt, Aaron Rule & Gabe Meints

Organizers: Matt & Michele Capps

Spam Division: 1st - Nancy Gerking, 2nd - Nina Jean Rohlfs

Veggie Soup Division: 1st - Nina Jean Rohlfs, 2nd - Chuck Porter

Chili Division: 1st - Steve Cooper, 2nd Arlin Rohlfs

Jerky Division: 1st - Harper Wilhelm, 2nd - Presley Wilhelm,

3rd - Reagan Wilhelm

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Raffle Crew at the Duncan Building

Maureen Vogt, Jill Vogt Cox, Harvey Cox

Winners: Samantha Hoy & Melissa Boldt

(Photo: Bob Brandt)

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Right before the parade started, a couple from Lakeland, Florida,

renewed their wedding vows. Later they rode in the parade.

Groundhog #1, Bride, Kathy Shane, Unadilla Bill, witness,

Groom, Allen Shane, Groundhog #2, and Pastor Sandy Denton,

who performed the ceremony.

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Pre-parade conference: Senator Dan Watermeier, Dawn Dettmer,

Brett Dettmer, Gov. Pete Ricketts

(Photo: Bob Brandt)

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Legion Post #100 & VFW Post #5547 Color Guard: Keith Goering,

 Eldon Halm, Lyle Gartner, Bob Wilhelm, Jerry Goering

(Photo: Amy Bryan)


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Unadilla Village Board: Janet Oelke, Lynn Schomerus, Dale Stoner,

Scott Hincker, Chairman Dan Crownover

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Gov. Pete Ricketts & wife Suzanne

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Senator Dan Watermeier

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Otoe County Commissioner Dean Speth

and daughter Kathryn Romine

Also participating in the parade but blurry photographs:

Cub Scout Pack #337 of Syracuse & Unadilla

Syracuse Girl Scouts Troop #20579 & Troop #20835

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2016 Royalty: Queen Shirley Fensler & King Tom Hruby

ride provided by the Ron Zeiger family

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The Official Car of Groundhog Day - the Falcon! Introduced on

Groundhog Day in 1962. Driver: Bob Brandt

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Candy Grab at the Parade

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Chasing more candy!

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Groundhog Central Committee members Larry Beers & Dale Henke

This Falcon has been in every single Groundhog Parade!

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Jeannie Steinkuhler in her 1962 Ford Falcon Futura

"The Cadillac of Falcons!"

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Village Street Department Truck

Dwight Kastens & Harlee Snyder

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Clean up after your groundhogs!

Arlin Rohlfs

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Steve Schutz

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Attendees with Groundhog Birthdays

1962 Cadillac driven by Paul Wallman

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Giant Pumpkin Contest - Duane & Allyson Hansen

Last year Duane had a 550 lb pumpkin

(Unadilla Pumpkin Contest in the Fall!)

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1983 Buick Riviera Convertible driven by Jeff Knapp

Central Nebraska Auto Club

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1960 Edsel "Ranger" driven by Andrew Cean

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Nitty Gritty Gas & Thrift

1995 Mustang Convertible/Dan Anderson & Jane Lewis

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Otoe County Relay For Life

Syracuse will host the 2017 event in the Kimmel and Fair Ground

area on Saturday, 6-3, 6 - 10 p.m.

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Syracuse Germanfest

Burgermeister: Doug Beach

King & Queen: Ron & Diane Hawkins

Lil' Miss Germanfest: Lauren Brehm

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Hollman Angus Farm, Martell, NE

1991 Jeep Wrangler/ Rold Hollman & Ryan Draus

Raising registered Angus since 1960/ Marine Corp Veteran

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"Freedom - I Salute You"

1984 Duece 'N Half/ used in Desert Storm/Restored in 2012

Driven by Army Command Sgt. Majors Greg McBride 

& Troy Johnson

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"Freedom 2 - Salute 2 You"

1991 Duece 'N Half/ featured in the move "Doomsday" and the

National Geographic Special "Freedom"

Driven by retired Lt. Colonel Keven Bricker

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"75 Big Red"

1975 Ford F-250/Jeremy Wilhelm, Jay Young, Nick Wilhelm

Frame-off restoration completed by Chuck Bjork in 2016

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1955 Ford Thunderbird/Bill & Sharon Davis

68,500 miles, 200 hp, V/8, original; convertible top 

removes fiberglass/ repainted 15 years ago

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Cornhusker Model A Ford Club

1930 Ford Model A Tudor Sedan

Robert & Judy Callaway

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Cornhusker Model A Ford Club

1931 Ford Model A Tudor

Jeff & Debbie Thomas

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Cornhusker Model A Ford Club

1931 Ford Slant windshield 4 door/early V8 drivetrain

Jim Cook

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1929 Ford Model AA/Commercial 1 1/2 ton capacity truck

Dave Allder

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Mystery "Hog" Rider

(Andrew Kimbell)

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1938 Buick Special/All original

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Steve & Easton Cooper

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1987 Aero Coupe

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Slow Rollers Automobile Club of NW Missouri

2013 Ford Mustang GT

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1929 Ford Model A Phaeton

Chad Barnau

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1930 Auburn/suicide doors

John & Greg Wilson

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1932 Franklin 163 driven by Roger Newby

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1919 Franklin Ragtop 9B Touring Car

John Wilson, Sandy Denton, Allen & Cathy Shane

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1929 Franklin 135 Touring Car

Alice & Craig Rohrson, Leanne Wilson

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1932 Dodge DL driven by Gayle Lanning

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1932 Chrysler CI driven by Carlton Flynn

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1930 Oldsmobile F30 driven by Bob Bryan

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1930 Auburn 6-85 driven by Steve Jones

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1927 Ford TT driven by Jason Newby

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Meadowlark Ford Model A Club

1930 Ford Coupe driven by Dale Jergensen

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1963 White Chevy Impala/Carl Siefert, Bennet

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Meadowlark Ford Model A Club

1931 Ford Model A 4dr Touring Sedan driven by Charlie Earnest

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Meadowlark Model A Club

1930 Ford Model A/200 ci/80 hp/John Ladely

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Unadilla Volunteer Fire & Rescue driven by Tyler Crownover

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Unadilla Ambulance driven by Linda Liesemeyer

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Unadilla Volunteer Fire Department

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Unadilla Volunteer Fire Department

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Unadilla Fire Chief Steve Vodicka

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Syracuse Volunteer Fire Department

Jess, Ryan & Emma Kirckhoff

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Syracuse Volunteer Fire Department

Tim, Riley, & Rory Seelhoff

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Kent Baker driving Sam, 8 years old

Dean Luff riding Bird, saddle mule, 26 years old

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Gov. Ricketts congratulates the Color Guard on a job well done.

Jerry Goering, Bob Wilhelm, Gov. Ricketts, Lyle Gartner,

Eldon Halm, Keith Goering

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Governor Ricketts proclaims Unadilla as the

"Groundhog Capital of Nebraska"

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2017 Queen Carolyn Gartner Kastens

2017 King Mike Leefers

This contest raised $3730. for the Unadilla Area Fund, 

the Fire Dept. and the Rescue Squad

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Have you voted for the Groundhog Royal couple yet? King candidates are: Arlin Rohlfs, Will Juilfs, Mike Leefers, and Chad Lutjemeyer. Queen candidates are: Carole Lashley, Carolyn Kastens, Nikki Lutjemeyer, and Jane Lewis. 

The Groundhog Central Committee will sponsor a potluck breakfast on Thursday morning, February 2, at The Bar. Unadilla Bill will be on hand for the official broadcast at 7:32 a.m. (Actually, it's 7:32 plus 34 seconds!). Everyone please wear groundhog attire, and encourage your friends to come.

That evening from 5 -8 p.m., The Unadilla Area Foundation will sponsor a Groundhog Kings & Queens reception and reunion, at The Bar. Snacks will be provided and B103.1 will have a live remote broadcast. Bring a friend. Commemorative shirts and hats will be available at this event and some will be given as door prizes!

This year's parade will start at 2:00 p.m. Please notice the time change! Start lining up by Dan's Tire at 1:30 p.m. Thanks for your participation in advance.