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Minatare celebrates Tabor Days
August 15, 2013 Jerry Purvis   

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Photos by Elizabeth Gross/ Gering Citizen - The mud volleyball tournament was a smashing success last yeaer during Tabor Days. The event will continue this year.

This Saturday, the public is invited to Kelso Park in downtown Minatare as the town celebrates Tabor Days.

The morning starts with a 5K run around the community. Then at 10 a.m., the floats for the parade start to line up at the fire hall. Organizers are still looking for entries.

After the parade, an afternoon of activities is taking place in Kelso Park, including a bounce house for the kids, a kids’ money scramble and a sidewalk chalk art contest. Food vendors will also be onsite.

A mud volleyball tournament is scheduled for six-person teams. And that evening at 8:30, the Dusty Rose Bar and Grill will have the band Avid Discord playing.

For more information or for entering a float in the parade, call Lori at (308) 672-7059. For applications for food vendors, call Barb at (308) 641-9012. And for information on the 5K run, call Alisa at (308) 641-8032.

The town’s original name was Tabor, named for the son-in-law of George F. Fairfield, an early surveyor of the area. The town consisted of a sod building that served as a post office and general store, along with three or four other houses in the 1880s.

When the Burlington Railroad laid track through the area in 1900, it missed the town of Tabor. So the entire town was moved to a location along the tracks and renamed Minatare, perhaps for the Minnataree, a sub-branch of the Sioux Nation. However, the voting precinct is still named Tabor.

So with a nod to the past and an eye to the future, the residents of Minatare celebrate their town this Saturday during the annual Tabor Days.
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