Tuesday, November 18, 2014


     Make Haigler, NE the center of your activities this weekend!  The big sign in Haigler along Highway 34 points the way to the  Haigler Gun and Craft Show,  November 22-23 at The Cornerstone Center for Community Service, 251 East Norman Street.  The facility is handicapped accessible; and there is free parking.  Welcome banners are out on both entrances of town.  Hours are from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. MST  Saturday and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. MST Sunday.    There is a $5 fee for the Gun Show (held in the gymnasium) but no fee for the Craft Show (held in the suites).  Children under 12 are admitted free if accompanied by an adult.  Persons 17 years old and under must be accompanied by an adult.  The Sunshine Thrift, the Cornerstone Mini-Mall, and the library will also be open.  The Sunshine Thrift will be having a $4 bag sale on everything but new merchandise.  All attendees should use the front door entrance (north side) of the Cornerstone Center.  All other doors will be locked. 
     Food and drink are available on site--with breakfast rolls and coffee and lunch of chili, chili dogs, crackers, chips, and homemade pies, cakes, and desserts.  Free will donations are to the Haigler, Dundy County Community Foundation.  Steve Olson, one of the organizers of the event, says "We have almost 40 vendors attending from our tri-state area of Nebraska, Colorado, and Kansas--and also a couple vendors from Wyoming.  The planning committee has worked hard to bring a wide variety of merchandise to all attending--now, we just need people to come see everything on display."
     Door prizes will be given throughout the day for both the Gun and the Craft Show.  Tim Fegler, owner of Paradise Company Ammo Shack in Benkelman, NE  has donated a Mossberg 20 gauge , 24" barrel, 5 choker automatic shotgun to be given away to some lucky winner.  Tim said, "This Haigler Show promises to be a good one!" 
     As stated in all the fliers that are posted and circulating; all federal, state, and local laws will be enforced.  No illegal or loaded weapons.  Guns coming in will be checked.  All firearms must be strapped.  No handguns to be worn.  No alcoholic beverages or smoking permitted.  Guards will be on duty at all times.  The Cornerstone Center is not responsible for accidents or theft.
     This weekend event in Haigler is a first!   Speaking on behalf of the Cornerstone Center, LaNeta Carlock said,"The response to the idea of a Haigler Gun & Craft Show has been very good, and our community of volunteers have invested a lot of time and expense to make it happen.  We are hopeful the Haigler Gun & Craft Show will become an annual November event.  Everyone is invited to make Haigler the center of your activities this weekend." 

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Gun Show - November 22 & 23

Gun Show - November 22 & 23, 2014


The Cornerstone Center is open everySSaturday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. The Haigler Depot Branch of the Dundy County Library has many new DVD's , E books, and books for all ages  available for checkout.  The library is also a WIFI hot spot with computers and laptops available for community use.  There are also lots of wonderful hard and soft cover books you can purchase for only 50 cents. 

Sunshine Thrift has all new fall merchandise out, and the Mini Mall has party supplies, collectibles, furniture, and many other items available.  Open recreation punch cards can be purchased for all gymnasium activities--volleyball, basketball, table tennis, and exercise equipment.

More events are coming to Haigler as the holiday season begins.  Hoping everyone will mark your calendars and watch for further details in upcoming fliers, ads, and radio announcements.

  • Saturday, November 15 - Annual Fall Smoker at Haigler American Legion
  • Saturday and Sunday, November 22 and 23-Haigler Gun & Craft Show at Cornerstone Center
  • Saturday, December 6- United Methodist Women Church Bazaar and Supper at Haigler Methodist Church
  • Sunday, December 28- Winter Wonderland and Holiday Concert at Cornerstone Center 

Monday, October 27, 2014

Rex Tracy Service

REX J. TRACY, 77 was born February 26, 1937, to Harvey & Martha E. (Stamm) Tracy in Wray, Colorado. He passed away October 25, 2014 in Wray, Colorado. A Memorial Services will be held at the Wray United Methodist Church in Wray, Colorado on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. with Rev. Norman Stott officiating. A Private Family Inurnment will be held at the Armel Cemetery in Armel, Colorado. Spellman-Schmidt Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Rex Tracy

We were saddened to hear that Rex Tracy passed away. Everyone in this community has had a pleasant memory to share about him and will miss him. May he rest in peace.

Monday, October 13, 2014


Haigler hosted its 7th annual Fall Tumbleweed Festival on Saturday, October 11, and had a large crowd of attendees throughout the tri-state area, and even some travelers along Highway 34. Festival organizers were lucky once again as weather cooperated with a beautiful autumn day.

Village garage sales of 12 sites filled the morning hours. One of the sites was at the new Cornerstone Center for Community Service (former Haigler Elementary School, now owned by the Haigler Community Foundation). The Sunshine Thrift and Cornerstone Mini-Mall attracted much attention. 

By noon, people began arriving on the museum grounds; and the afternoon festivities began. 

Live music by former Haiglerite LaVoine Smith and his Garage Bunch Band of Burlington, Colorado and special guest musicians Wes White and Phalen Sanford of Benkelman, Nebraska entertained everyone throughout the afternoon. Lunch of sloppy jo sandwiches, hot dogs, relishes, chips, and drinks were served at 1 p.m., and over 30 homemade pies and icecream were served by the Haigler Golden Inn members. This year, donated dollars at the Golden Inn Senior Center will help pay for a new front door and blinds for the building. Donated dollars at the museums and food line help support the Haigler Museums.

The Haigler Museums were all open for people to tour. (One-Room Country School House 67 South, Haigler Cornerstone Museum, and Haigler Jail). Many new exhibits were on display. 

The outside stucco work on the Cornerstone Museum continues to progress—thanks to a grant from the Hansen Charitable Foundation.

Festival activities included treasure hunts, horseshoe pitching, maypole merry-go-round rides, pumpkin decorating, and ticket drawings for the many door prizes donated by area businesses. 

The annual Tumbleweed Contest brought in creatively decorated tumbleweeds tied to a fence along Porter Avenue.

The 2014 Maypole Award, given in recognition of exemplary financial support and service to the Haigler Museums and community efforts, went to all the people who have supported the Tumbleweed Festival throughout the past 7 years. A big thank you to each of you.

Plans are already underway for Festival 2015. Volunteers, ideas, and suggestions are always welcome—with the hope that the Haigler Fall Tumbleweed Festival will continue for many years to come.

Monday, October 06, 2014

2014 Annual Tumbleweed Festival


It’s Tumbleweed Festival time again in Haigler!  The 7th annual Haigler Fall Tumbleweed Festival will be Saturday, October 11 on the Haigler Museum grounds south of Golden Rod Highway 34 and Porter Avenue.  You are invited!  The tents, tables, cornstalks, pumpkins, scarecrows, food, and live music are all out awaiting your arrival.  Weather forecasters predict a beautiful fall day Saturday after rain showers on Thursday and Friday.  Event planners encourage you to bring your lawn chair for the afternoon activities. 
     Attendees are encouraged to bring a decorated tumbleweed to be displayed.  Cash prizes will be given.  The art show of the last 2 years has been moved to spring when Haigler will host a Wine and Arts Festival.  There are no admission fees for the Tumbleweed Festival—just free will donations to the Community Foundation to help support the Haigler Museums.  

Schedule of events include village wide garage sales from 9 a.m.-noon MDT. Site maps will be available at 'the station' on Hwy. 34 & Porter Ave. Jellies, jams, canned goods, fresh baked cookies, breads, and treats will be available to purchase. One of the garage sale sites will be at the new Cornerstone Center for Community Service (former Haigler Elementary School). The Sunshine Thrift is having a 50% off summer clearance and new fall merchandise is on display. The Cornerstone Center mini-mall will be open and showcasing booths with a variety of items, including party supplies.

Lunch begins at 1 p.m. with sloppy jo barbecue sandwiches, hot dogs, pickles, chips, and drinks. Slices of homemade pies topped with scoops of ice cream will be served at the Golden Inn Senior Center across the street from the museum grounds.

Throughout the afternoon, live music will be performed by former Haiglerite LaVoine Smith and The Garage Bunch Band from Burlington, Colorado. Special guest musicians Wes White and guitarist/songwriter Phalen Sanford of Benkelman, Nebraska will also be performing. Afternoon activities include treasure hunts, games, horseshoe pitching, maypole merry-go-round rides, pumpkin decorating, and ticket drawings for many great prizes donated by community businesses and individuals throughout the tri-state area. The annual Maypole Award will also be presented.

At 3:30 p.m. the traditional Tumbleweed/Spook Parade for kids of all ages (including adults) will begin in front of the Country Schoolhouse Museum. 

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