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National Ice Cream Day/Month, July 4th, Corn, and more racetracks

Sunday 7/15/2012

Hastings Campground

Hastings, NE

Today is National Ice Cream Day, and July is National Ice Cream Month!!!  So we celebrated by visiting our local Dairy Queen here in Hastings.  Surprisingly, the young lady who took our order did NOT know of today’s designated celebration!
Terri had the small Candy Shop Blizzard, which is the Blizzard of the Month, and I had the medium Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Blizzard.  They were delicious! Smile

We watched the local Hastings fireworks show on the 4th of July from a spot located a few blocks away along with a bunch of others who had the same ideas of avoiding traffic and crowds.  The locals around here really like their fireworks.  The “show” before and after the official fireworks show was very impressive.  In fact, we were able to watch fireworks from our campground a few nights leading up to the 4th!  Driving home after watching the fireworks show seemed like driving through a war zone with all the fireworks going off around us.  Like I said, Nebraskans really like their fireworks.

I haven’t done a corn report lately, so here’s the pictorial report.  This picture was taken April 25.
We didn’t even know what was planted, if anything, at that time.  And now this picture, taken July 1, clearly shows how much the corn has grown.
This is one of the things we do here…
watch the corn grow!!!
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Fair warning again…
this is another racetrack report.  Skip it if you’d like.  I’m including this to help me remember when and what tracks I’ve visited as it seems I have no memory.Disappointed smile

Thursday, 7/5, I went to U.S. 30 Speedway near Columbus, NE.
That’s a real racecar attached to the top of the sign.  The track is a 3/8 mile dirt track.
It was a good night of racing consisting of IMCA Sport Mods, Hobby Stocks, Sport Compacts, & Street Stocks and the SLMR Super Late Models.  Kyle Berck of Marquette, NE, won the SLMR Super Late Model feature for $1k to win.

Then Sunday night, 7/8, I went west to Dawson County Raceway located at the Dawson County Fairgrounds in Lexington, NE.
It’s a 3/8 mile dirt track located right next door to a Tyson chicken processing plant.  When I first arrived the odor was nauseating.  Luckily, the wind changed direction soon after I arrived.
Although a bit dusty, it was another good night of racing consisting of IMCA Modifieds, Sport Mods, Stock Cars, & Hobby Stocks and the SLMR Super Late Models.  Kyle Berck, again, won the SLMR Super Late Model feature for $1k to win.

Saturday, 7/14, I headed north about 17 miles to Mid-Nebraska Speedway near Doniphan, NE.  It’s a 3/8 mile dirt track formally named Mid-Continent Raceway.
The night consisted of Grand National Late Models, IMCA Modifieds, Hobby Stocks, & 4-cylinder cars, and NCRA Super Late Models.  Again, Kyle Berck won the NCRA Super Late Model feature for $2k to win.  The track was a bit too dusty and the bleachers were a bit too low, but the racing was good.
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  1. That Corn looks pretty good and so do those Blizzards.

  2. Corn is as high as an elephant's eye..or something like that :)

    Did not know that July is ice cream month..hmmm..good excuse to go get some!

  3. Bet Terri twisted your arm to go out for ice cream, I know you wouldn't twist hers... ;c)

    I wonder how many bucks the race winner had to spend to win the two races for that $3K? If you could put a price tag on it, probably the win money wouldn't pay for his tires.

    But then, these racers don't do it for the money, they do it so you can have a good time! :c)

  4. Oh my...we missed National Ice Cream Day ;o(( We will have to recreate it at the Carolina Clan gathering;o))

    Stay cool and keep us informed about the corn!!

  5. I'm with Mike, Reece's Peanut Butter cup Blizzard. YUM! I of course am delighting in Jamaica-me-crazy during Natioinal Ice Cream month. :-)

  6. I love ice cream & racing, so your post was great! Only problem is that Jacki & I are on a weight water diet and we can only look & not eat. Keep me posted on your dirt track adventures. We went to the old Occoneechee Speedway in Hillsborough, NC. It was one of the orginal NASCAR tracks back in 1948. It is now a walking trail filled with pine trees, however you can still see the banked turns.

    We hope that Terri's rehab is going well so you can hit the road soon.

    Bob & Jacki

  7. I have determined that every month is National Ice Cream Month at Dairy Queen :) I have fallen in love with the mini blizzards...Just enough to give you a fix but not enough to give you an extra pound or two :)

  8. Love the ice cream and having a reason to get some is always good. It's great to have so many racetracks around the area. A lot of driving, but a lot of fun!

    I hope you're on the road real soon!

  9. Watchin the corn grow.....I'm sure that's not the only thing the locals do for entertainement.....;)