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2012 Homestead Days Pictures & Results



HOMESTEAD DAYS® 2012 was a fantastic time with record attendance, with nearly 40,000 people participating in activities throughout the week!  We celebrated the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Homestead Act with the theme "150 Years...Pursuing American Dreams"


Scroll down for event results & photos!



Horseshoe Tournament Winners

1st Place – Larry & Josh Wise

2nd Place – Tony & Chester Stotler

3rd Place – Al Buss & Jeff Hill

sponsored by Diode Communications, a Division of Diode Technologies


1st Place


2nd Place


3rd Place






Best Display of Theme

Business Business Division

Harms Farms Trucking


Best Display of Theme

General Division

Crawford Family Reunion


Best Display of Theme

Youth Division

Homestead 4-H Shooting Club





Wilber Alumni Band


Antique/Classic Cars

Cornhusker Model "A" Club



Blue Valley Antiques Collectors Association








Saddle Clubs/Horses

Thornburg Farms


Open Category

American Legion Post 27 Legion Riders 










Best Overall Float:

Wymore Presbyterian Church


Themed Float:

SCC Summer Camps on Campus


Non-Themed Float: 

Cornerstone Lutheran Church




For more photos, click here.



Classic & Street Rod Car Show

Blair Smith, Chainsaw Artist



Grand Marshal, Dean Thornburg

Mr. Homesteader, Doug Klaus

Chamber Ambassadors Float


Wells Fargo Advisors Stagecoach


Dunk Tank & EBBA Family Fun


Beatrice ATA Martial Arts Academy


Wineskin Performing Friday


Mud Volleyball Tourney


GyroXtreme Fun!



Bounce Houses!


Sidewalk Chalk Design Contest


Nearly 30 Artists Particpated


Ages Preschool thru Adult!



Thank You to Our Sponsors:

Click Here for the complete list of 2012 Homestead Days® Sponsors!


Click here for the 2012 Homestead Days® brochure!




“Bow ‘N Go” Triathlon

Sunday, June 17, 2012- 8:00 AM

NRD Big Indian Recreation Area 




This “triathlon with a twist” consists of


Sponsored by Wal-Mart 


Women’s Individual:

1st: Colleen Schoneweise, 1:52:35

2nd: Jackie Weires, 2:01:35


Men’s Individual:

1st: Nathan Schwab, 1:27:37

2nd: Phillip Nelson, 1:31:38

3rd: Brian Kerl, 1:35:15

4th: Stan Meyer, 1:46:40

5th: Morgan Penn, 1:47:15

6th: John Schoneweis, 1:50:00

Team Results:

1st: "Fox & the Hound"

Shawn Hostetler & Amber Sargent, 1:20:08


2nd: Mike Goossen, Alysia Karlin & JT Karlin, 1:31:51


3rd: Gale Lueth, Jessi Larson & Mike Larson, 1:36:17 


4th: "Big Blue Geezers"

Janeen Young, Patty Clausen & Gordy Thies, 1:36:54


Team Results:

5th: JJ Eichelberger, Tyson Oden & Erin Oden, 1:45:58


6th: "Harman Wright Mortuary"

Berri Easley, Cory Noack & Vaughn Wright, 1:52:24


7th: "Team A & N"

Jeremy Sutter & Josh Schmidt, 2:01:58


8th: "Blue Cats"

Dana O'Neil, Kari Friedrichs & Megan Smith, 2:30:48



Bikers Receive Starting Instructions


The Trail Run Start



Big Indian Archers Archery Shoot


Kids Adventure Race

Sunday, June 17

8:30 am

at NRD Big Indian Recreation Area


We had nearly 40 participants in our 1st

Annual Adventure Race! 

sponsored by:

Husker Health 

Kids Adventure Race


Kids Adventure Race Archery


Another Obstacle

 11 & 12 Years

Boys 1st: Quinton Hartig

Girls 1st: Emily Bartholomew

 9 & 10 Years

Boys 1st: Collin Hartig

Girls 1st: Hannah Holtmeier

7 & 8 Years

Boys 1st: Carter Siems

Girls 1st: Emma Noack



2 Mile/10k Run/Walk

Sunday, June 17, 2012- 7:30 AM

Chautauqua Park



sponsored by Deines Pharmacy

  10K Results: 45 Runners  

Father/Child Team Results:

1st: Rich Stobbe & Lindsay, 2:37:21 























Women’s Results:


Mary Jantz, 47:28


Age 13-19:

1st: Amber Starasuk, 53:11


Age 20-29:

1st: Katie Keane, 59:03

2nd: Katelyn Nootz, 1:08:57

3rd: Audrey Ideus, 1:10:16


Age 30-39:

1st: Shauna VanWinkle, 1:01:15

2nd: Angie Barber, 1:02:53

3rd: Sarah Stobbe, 1:07:29


Age 40-49:

1st: Jill Grotzinger, 1:02:35

2nd: Shannon Peterson, 1:03:10


Age 50-59:

1st: Susan Pillard, 55:28

2nd: Joyce Jeffries, 1:00:13

3rd: Sondra Jay-Grote, 1:05:21 


Men's Results:


Matt Dunker, 35:46


Age 13-19:

1st: Isaiah Friesen, 41:50

2nd: Aaron Vogel, 53:48


Age 20-29:

1st: Chris Dunker, 37:53

2nd: Drew Pope, 37:54

3rd: Cycle Woutzke, 44:42


Age 30-39:

1st: Mike Ringen, 49:13

2nd: Brian York, 49:46

3rd: Todd Kellerman, 55:03


Age 40-49:

1st: Neal Randle, 44:47

2nd: Arthur Velez, 49:47

3rd: Wade Frerichs, 52:34


Age 50-59:

1st: Larry Jones, 42:40

2nd: Rob Hotz, 44:45

3rd: Brian Harrifeld, 45:42


Age 60-69:

1st: Paul Durbin, 1:09:14


  2 Mile Run/Walk Results: 32 Runners  
Father/Child Team Results:

Brad Roth & Holly, 48:40 






















Women’s Results:


Kailey Weichel, 16:04


Age 12 & Under:

1st: Andie Koch, 16:06

2nd: Jaslin Blythe, 22:43


Age 13-19:

1st Brady Achtemeier, 16:48

2nd: Samantha Weickert, 18:24


Age 20-29:

1st: Shelby Ferguson, 19:32

2nd: Sharla Wendelin, 28:02


Age 30-39:

1st: Kala York, 17:41

2nd: Brooke Koch, 18:20

3rd: Brandy Scheer, 19:16


Age 40-49:

1st: Geana Blythe, 17:45

2nd: Julie McDowell, 19:44


Age 50-59:

1st: Joyce Smith, 29:00 +/-

2nd: Laura Mullins, 29:00 +/-


Age 70 & Over:

1st: Shirley Boden, 28:51


Men's Results:


Alex Bratt, 14:55


Age 12 & Under:

1st: Calvin Hotz, 15:24

2nd Matthew Hotz, 15:28

3rd: Eli McDowell, 16:30


Age 13-19:

1st: Jackson Bowen, 17:06


Age 20-29:

1st: Mathais Wendelin, 27:59


Age 30-39:

1st: Andy Gregory, 24:24


Age 40-49:

1st: Andy McDowell, 19:43

2nd: Brad Achtemeier, 20:20


Age 50-59:

1st: Sam Renwick, 19:24


Age 60-69:

1st: Bruce Boden, 17:42

2nd: Bob Dahms, 24:59





2012 Raffle Winners List:  Click here



Homestead Days® has seen many changes as it has evolved into the celebration we know and love today.  The event started 27 years ago at Homestead National Monument of America with a budget of only $200 and an idea for a gathering of craft demonstrators and activities.  The celebration was planned as part of The National Park Service’s “Year of the Visitor” program.  When the celebration had outgrown the confines of Homestead National Monument of America’s site in 1984, the Beatrice Area Chamber of Commerce offered their resources to help.  The Chamber began organizing Homestead Days events at Chautauqua Park that would coincide with events at the Monument.  This new partnership between Homestead National Monument of America and Beatrice Area Chamber of Commerce marked a new beginning for Homestead Days.  In the first year of joining forces, 1984, over 17,000 people visited the Beatrice Area and Homestead National Monument of America.


Homestead Days® didn’t stop growing in 1984.  The Homestead Days® celebration continues to grow in Chautauqua Park, at the Monument, and all through Beatrice.  It is now an event spanning six fun-filled days involving Homestead National Monument of America, East Beatrice Business Association, Beatrice Public Library, Gage County Historical Society Museum, Main Street Beatrice, and MORE!  In 2009, more than 29,000 people attended the activities in and around our Beatrice community.


This year’s schedule features many of the same activities and events we have had in the past, along with fun and fresh activities! Thursday evening kid-centered events are at Beatrice High School, sponsored by EBBA and Teen Night at the Water Park. Friday evening events will include an All Schools Reunion & Hypnotist at Risky’s, Beatrice Speedway Races, and bicycle rides, family friendly shows, entertainment, and FIREWORKS at Chautauqua Park. (Don’t forget your lawn chairs and blankets!)  Saturday morning starts with exciting new Bed Races and Kids’ Big Blue Fun Run, which mark the start of the Parade in downtown Beatrice. Then you can head down for more fun, vendors, games and entertainment at Chautauqua Park. The evening wraps up with the Main Street Ribfest in Downtown Beatrice. On Sunday morning, attend a community church service and Classic & Street Rod Car Show at Chautauqua Park. Or, you can get your running gear ready for the 2 mi/10k run, or the “Bow ’N Go” Triathlon and Kids Adventure Race!


 If you have any questions about Homestead Days® or the events please give us a call at the Beatrice Area Chamber of Commerce, 402-223-2338 or email us at 



June 12 - 17, 2012

"150 Years... Pursuing American Dreams"



The Homestead Days® Planning Committee meets the last Wednesday of each month at 8:30 am in the Auditorium Conference Room, 205 N. 4th Street, Beatrice.  This committee is open to the community to join, as we plan this community-wide celebration of our heritage.  Questions?  Contact Beatrice Area Chamber of Commerce (402)223-2338.


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