Lone Tree Days starts Saturday

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Central City’s 28th annual Lone Tree Days celebration begins with some activities this weekend and will range through next Saturday, July 6.

This year’s theme is “Lincoln Highway Centennial Celebration,” honoring 100 years of the famed highway

Saturday’s first event is the dedication of Portia’s Playhouse at the Merrick County Historical Museum, beginning at 3 p.m.. Directly following the dedication is an Ice Cream Social.

The events continue on Sunday with the Celebration of Freedom at 10 a.m. at the North Park. The celebration will feature music by “Set Free” and speaker Brigadier General Edward R Flora.

Following the Celebration of Freedom is a potluck picnic, sponsored by the Community Bible Church. The event is open to the public.

Sunday’s events will come to a close with a performance by Joseph Hall, the nationally known Elvis Presley impersonator, at 2 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. Tickets for the event are $20 and all proceeds will go to the Heartland Tribute to Veterans.

There are many events throughout the week that are staples in the Lone Tree Day tradition.

The Lone Tree Days parade will be held Thursday, July 4 at 7 p.m., with the Fireworks Extravaganza to begin at dusk, somewhere around 10 p.m., at the Merrick County Fairgrounds..

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