On behalf of the Cairo Community Foundation, thank you to all the home and business owners who decorated for the 1st Cairo Christmas Light Tour.  Also thank you to Santa and Mrs. Claus for meeting with all the visitors and making special visits to area homes.  Thank you to the Sautter’s who donated the use of their ATV as Santa’s sleigh.  Big thank you to the Watering Hole and the Vault for serving hot chocolate and making special to-go menus for the evening. Your participation gave a lot of people some much needed Christmas Cheer!!!

Thank you to everyone who came out and viewed the lights, shared some memories, had a conversation with Mr. and Mrs. Claus, sampled some hot chocolate, and enjoyed the Cairo Christmas Spirit.  There is no way to determine the number of people who visited but we can tell you over 200 cups of hot chocolate went out the door at the Vault.  A commercial coffee pot full of hot chocolate was emptied at the Watering Hole.

The contest winner for the evening was B&B Creative with 35% of the votes followed by The Griswold’s, aka Osburn Christmas Vacation and Rockin Newly Weds.

The Foundation Board received some great feedback and plans to host this event again next year.  Start planning your light shows for next year!!!

The Cairo Community Foundation received a grant of $10,780 from the Harold Dunlap fund managed by the Greater Grand Island Community Foundation.  This grant allows the Veterans Committee to order the materials for the granite mural.  Ordering now locks in 2020 pricing.  

This gift combined with brick orders, donations, and additional grant funds is making the Veterans Memorial park a reality.


The Foundation received 21 entries for the Christmas Light Tour.  Mark your calendars to enjoy a little holiday cheer on the self guided Christmas Light Tour.  On December 22nd starting at 5:30 stop by the Vault or the Watering Hole to pick up your map and voting cards.  Get free hot chocolate to go and a goodie bag from the Foundation.  Be sure to order to go meals from the Vault or the Watering Hole too.

Every address will have a numbered sign for voting.  Vote for your favorite address and leave your votes at the village Office, Vault or Watering Hole by 5:00 pm on December 23rd.  Your votes are very important!

Be sure to tag @villageofcairo on your instagram posts!

Register your home or business for the Cairo Community Foundation Christmas Light Tour!

The light tour is December 22nd, 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm.

You need not be a professional at light displays to enter.  One light or enough lights to take down a power plant are welcome.  Consider waving to those touring, singing a Christmas Carol, or playing a little Christmas music.  People who tour get to vote on their favorite festive address.  The home or business winner gets their December electric bill paid up to $200.  Accepting homes in the 68824 area code. (That means rural homes are welcome to participate)

Please register your home or business by December 8th.

Click Here to Register Your Home.  You can also drop off your address and contact information at the Village Office.

People who take the light tour can pick up a map and voting instructions online, at the Vault or the Watering Hole on December 22nd.

The Foundation is picking up the tab on hot chocolate and giving out goody bags at the Vault and Watering Hole on December 22nd.  The Vault and Watering Hole will have special to go meals for tourers.  

Volunteers created the New Bathroom Build Project as a way to enhance the amenities offered in the Village of Cairo.    The Cairo Community Foundation completed a grant application to fund this project.  The application was reviewed by the team at Aurora Cooperative and submitted to the Land O’Lakes Foundation for matching funds. Aurora Cooperative Elevator Company and Land O’Lakes Foundation deemed the project a quality of life enhancer.

The New Bathroom Project received $2000 towards its New Bathroom Build Project.

The Cairo Community Foundation and the New Bathroom Committee are grateful for the gifts from Aurora Cooperative and the Land O’Lakes Foundation.  This gift moves the financial needle closer to completing the $60,000 improvement for the Cairo Community.

BR: Barb Knopik, Tara Janda, Kristi Klein, Traci Menke, Todd Nitsch FR: Sloane McDonald, Marissa Janda

The Cairo Veterans Memorial Park Committee would like to invite the community to watch the inaugural flag raising at the Veterans Memorial Park on Sunday, November 8th, at 2:00 pm.  

This is an outdoor event expected to last 30 minutes.  This event will take place rain or shine.  People are welcome to park and watch from their cars or watch from the shelter of the fire hall across the street.

This event is broadcasted live on the Cairo Community Foundation Facebook Page.  The video will be published on the Cairo Community Foundation Facebook page.

You can continue to purchase veteran memorial bricks.  An engraver will come to the park periodically to engrave new names on the wall.  To be part of the next engraving order your bricks by November 15th, 2020.  You may download an order form from the website or stop by the Village of Cairo Office for a order form.

We have started our capital campaign for new North Field Bathrooms and Concessions. We have had a few small fundraisers so far this year and have a great opportunity for our families to help continue to raise funds. 

The North Ball Field Committee has created  2021 calendars to sell for $50 a calendar. Each month a lucky winner (someone who bought a calendar)  will have the opportunity to win a new gun or $500 cash. 

If you would like a calendar or know of any one who would like one, please contact Barb Knopik or Tara Janda to buy one. They can also be purchased at the Village Office.

Hurry Fast because we only have 300 calendars!!!  -Tara & Barb, committee chairs


Barb Knopik 308-391-1176

Tara Janda 402-853-1701