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What to do in Petersburg

by / Tuesday, 24 June 2014 / Published in Leifeld's Blog, Leifeld's Hardware Posts

What to do in Petersburg

We hear it every time we leave town, “There’s nothing to do in small towns.” Well, there’s plenty to do here! Aside from the many fishing opportunities, abundance of hunting, historical attractions, and community events, here are some cool tourist opportunities in and around “the Burg”:

Phone Booth

Be sure to have your picture taken in our real phone booth. West of the hardware store.

Knotty Pine

Visit the Knotty Pine for lunch, supper or (a few) of your favorite beverages. Show them your passport book and get a one time $1.50 off any meal. The Knotty is the number I Shock Top beer retailer in Northeast Nebraska. There is always something going on; from sand volleyball, greased pig contest to ugly sweater contest. On Hwy 14.

Rae Valley Market

Stop in the new Rae Valley Grocery store and pick up a 8 piece box of Chester’s Chicken with all the trimmings and take $1.00 off your purchase just by showing them your passport book. Buya few rings of the famous Petersburg sausage, you’ll be glad you did. On the comer of Hwy 14 & 32.

Zabka’s Service

In between the grocery store and the park find Zabka’s. Stop at Zabka Service where they will , come out to fill your gas, wash your windshield, and check your oil if you ask. Put $10 worth of gas in and show the passport, you’ll get a free pop.

Community Golf Course

Go golfing on our Executive course of four holes in the Park. Golf them twice and make the ninth hole our favorite watering hole; the Knotty Pine.

Community Park

Take that box of food and stop in our wonderful park and have a picnic. You can practice ball on our two fields. Play on our kid friendly playground equipment, or play some basketball or tennis on the multi-purpose court. There are even two sand volleyball courts you can practice your serve or get out your toy tractors and play in the sand! We also have a monument dedicated to Logan Fontanele. Fontanele was chief of the Omaha tribe when he was killed by the Sioux Indians while hunting close to here in the 1800s. We also take pride in the Boy and Girl scouts of the past with a recognition memorial and a freedom pole erected here on Hwy 14, north end of town, by the old wooden windmill. (Another photo op.)

 

Ag Supply Sporting Goods

Do you like to Hunt and fish? Don’t let the name Ag Supply Center fool you, this is actually a sporting goods store. Make it a point to stop in to this shop and see the beautiful wildlife mounts and talk hunting and fishing with Marv. An expert in the field.

Wind Towers

Just having completed 199 wind turbines, Petersburg is the wind capitol of Nebraska. Take a drive past the wind tower fields. Stop on the side of the road and listen and view these majestic giants of the plains. If you stop in 123 Main Street you can view a picture montage of the set up of one of these giant windmills.

Olson Nature Preserve

For true nature lovers visit the Olson Nature Preserve. It is located just 3 miles south of Petersburg. The preserve boasts 7 different eco systems, from hot dry sand hills to a burr oak tree stand to wetlands. Great viewing for plants, animals and many birds. Visit the sight in early spring for fantastic bald eagle viewing.

Saint Bonnaventure Church

Just 3 miles north and 2 miles east of Petersburg is the little town of Raeville. Here stands a beautiful church (almost cathedral) named Saint Bonnaventure. The church is on the National Register of Historic Buildings. Often referred to as the Pearl ofthe Prairie this Romanesque style church was completed in 1919. In 2013 the interior was completely repainted. It is open by appointment only or for Tuesday and Sunday morning services.

Elgin Cemetary

Have you seen the movie Nebraska? The cemetery scene was shot north of Elgin just 1 mile on highway 14.

2014 Petersburg Events

June 14 Fireman’s cruise night and dance with the Rumbles.
June 20-22 Elgin Q-125 celebration
June 24-26 Petersburg Carnival Days Tom Osborne on June 26th
July 12-16 Boone County Fair, June 15th “Love & Theft” concert.
August 9 Bash in the Burg Wine and beer tasting, BBQ contest lots of
music.
August 31 Saint John’s Bazaar
August 23-25 Rae Valley Antique tractor and plowing contest.
October 26 Punkin Chunkin, launching pumpkins with air cannons and
lots of events. FREE
October 31 Halloween children’s costume judging and treating on main street
December 15 Community club supper and entertainment.
Please check dates closer to event schedule.

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