by Dan Mundt
“Our t-shirts in the past have said, “Small town, big party,” said Ronda Bissen, who is one of the organizers of this weekend’s Buck Grove Bust. “The new t-shirts say “Small town throwdown.”
The size of the annual Buck Grove Bust surprises some visitors, including the members of Red Delicious, the Omaha band that played at last year’s bust and is returning this year.
“The people from Red Delicious were in awe that a town of 22 people can throw a party like that,” Bissen said.
An extensive search through 20-plus hours of YouTube videos last year led the organizers to invite Red Delicious.
“All we heard last year was, ‘Oh my God, this is the best band ever,’ so we got them again this year,” she said.
The event features something for everyone.
Registration for a poker run begins at 10 a.m. Saturday. The run has nine stops and prizes will be given for best and worst hand.
A free car, truck, tractor and bike show begins at noon. Every entry will receive a prize, Bissen said.
For kids, the bust will have a bounce house, “old style” games, such as ring toss, and a tractor ride.
A $5 armband gets kids into the bounce house and other kids’ rides all day and gets each kid a free color hairspray.
A pedal pull for kids and adults begins at 3 p.m.
Most adults chicken out from the pedal pull, Bissen said.
“I would do it if I had a challenger, but no one ever wants to go,” she said.
Cash raffles with one $300, two $100 and two $50 prizes will be drawn at 11 p.m.
Food and drink will be available all day. Food items include walking tacos, brats, hamburgers and Myong Venteicher’s egg rolls and crab Rangoon.
Red Delicious will play from 7 p.m. to midnight.
A fireworks show will take place at about 10 p.m.
Funds raised from the event will go toward improvements at the Buck Grove city park and a new monument for veterans.
The event is being put together by about 25 people, Bissen said.
“It’s pretty much the whole town,” she said.