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

A group of volunteers, led by Gordy Sorensen are installing sprinklers at the Cairo Veteran Memorial Park on Saturday, September 26th starting at 9 am.  Pulling the pipe and installing the sprinklers requires a little bit of elbow grease.  If you have any to lend or better yet you have teenagers with a little elbow grease to spare please contact Charity Adams at 308-390-9119.  Walk-ons are welcome too.


What does a taco Truck and a Softball Tournament Have In Common?

They are both in Cairo on August 23rd.

The the New Bathroom committee is hosting a Co-Ed softball tournament on August 23rd.  This is for people who are young and those of you who are young at heart.  If you don’t have the capacity to play, no one but maybe your team will complain if you provide supervisory services from the bench.  Put a team together for a great cause.  This is good old fashion fun with a little cut throat competitiveness thrown in if you are so inclined.  

Don’t let Barb Knopik, our volunteer extraordinaire down, get your team into the line up today!  Barb is waiting for your call  308-391-1176

If you are just a big fan of tacos and not a fan of cooking on the weekend Mexcellent Taco truck is on site during the tournament.  They are a proven conveyer of food, supplying literally good taste where ever they go.  Mexcellent has been here before and received the Cairo Community thumbs up for great food.  A portion of food sales help fund the new bathroom project. If you can’t toss a ball, eat a taco!

The North Ballfield Playground volunteers along with Cairo Community Foundation and Greater Grand Island Community Foundation representatives gathered to dedicate the North Ballfield Playground.

A simple conversation on a set of bleachers created a project that provides a safe place space, enriches the look and feel of the ballfield and shows what true collaboration can create.

A team of volunteers led by Tara Janda and supported by the Cairo Community Foundation created a play space that includes rubber mulch, full playscape, nets that prevent fly ball injury and a sun shade to protect children and equipment.  The playground is located just north of the bleachers, a safe distance from the railroad tracks and the parking lot.  The playground is within the sightlines of parents dividing focus to keep children entertained off the field and players supported on the field.

Adam Becker led the construction team which included Tara and Jim Janda, Kody Knopik, Nate Fries, Michael  Anderson, Adam Bierhaus, Judson Bonsack, Mekhi Melgoza, and volunteers from Farm Credit.  This team went above and beyond to put the playground together.  When you visit the playground you will recognize that this is a substantial set up that required significant talent and effort to construct.  Be sure to thank these volunteers for their time and dedication to the children who will enjoy this play space for many years to come.

BR: Adam Becker, Jen Barker, Kevin Dvorak, Jim Janda, Sara Bierhaus, Adam Becker, Mike Gloor FR: Brooke Fries, Kayla Becker, Shannon Dvorak, Tara Janda, Charity Adams, Denise Myers, Lisa Thayer

Cairo Community Foundation served the Cairo Community by supporting a volunteer team with a vision.  The Foundation provides the charitable corporate structure needed to acquire donations and grants.  This project was funded through a grant written by the Foundation to the Greater Grand Island Community Foundation .  The Arthur Klinkacek Fund administered by the board of the Greater Grand Island Community Foundation fulfilled the grant, providing $25,000 towards this project.

The Cairo Community Foundation looks forward to supporting the New Bathroom Project for the North Ballfield.  Tara Janda and Barb Knopik are leading this project.  The project seeks $60,000 to fund the construction of a new building that will initially house new bathrooms but eventually be the starting point for additional amenities for the North Ballfield area.  Donations can be directed to the Cairo Community Foundation – New Bathroom Fund.

The committee is currently selling calendars to raise funds for this project, hosting a co-ed softball tournament on August 23rd and hosting a North Ballfield vision meeting on September 13th. The public is invited to participate in the meeting as well as gather a team for the tournament. If you are not a softball player and want to support the project stop at the ballfield and buy a taco from the Mexcellent Food Truck on August 23rd.  Proceeds from food purchases benefit the project.

The New Bathroom Committee is hosting a dreaming and planning meeting on September 13, 2020 at 7 pm.  Location to be determined.  Follow the event details on Facebook.

Tara Janda and Barb Knopik are committee chairs for this project.

There is a basic idea for the bathrooms but having input from the community will help with the design, planning and identify future needs in the North Ball Field location.

This meeting will be held following Covid – 19 protocols.

Dedicating the North Ball Field Playground.

Event takes place August 4th, at 6 pm and the North Ball Field Playground.

This is a volunteer committee driven project supported by the Cairo Community Foundation with funds provided by the Arthur Klinkacek Fund managed by the Greater Grand Island Community Foundation. Please stop out to see the playground. Visit with the playground committee, Cairo Community Foundation Board and Greater Grand Island Community Foundation Guests.  Most importantly visit with the volunteers that organized and completed the build and thank them for their effort.

We would love to see friends and family stop over for the dedication picture.

Rick Seevers and his team made it into town on Monday morning to being work on the Veterans Memorial Project. After a long wet summer full of construction delays and flood repair we are finally seeing progress on this long-awaited project.

We would like to extend our thanks to Harders Dozer for bringing in the dirt needed to get the site ready.

Seevers and company are pouring footings for the 90-foot block wall. The wall will be faced with red brick. The wall will house veterans memorial bricks for current honories and leave plenty of room for future veteran dedications. The wall will include a donor section recognizing donors who made this project possible.

We are still taking orders for bricks. If you would like your brick to be one of the first installed please contact Charity Adams at 308-379-9119 to place your order immediately.

Cairo Community Foundation is supporting the third year of Missoula Children’s Theater. This year the company is producing Peter and Wendy.

Theater training is a free activity for children 1st thru 12th grade. Everyone will receive a week of theater education at no cost to the participant.

Auditions and rehearsals are Monday – Friday, from 1 pm to 5:15 pm, July 8 – 13th, 2019 at the Cairo Community Center. All cast members must commit to all practices and performances.

Performances are Friday, July 12th, 7 pm and
Saturday, July 13th at 1 pm

Contact Kris Hickey with questions at 308-390-5113

Progressive Agriculture Safety Day is June 4th at the Cairo Community Center. Registration fee is $5. Fee includes a Progressive Agriculture Safety Day T-Shirt, goodie bag, lunch, and car safety kit. One car safety kit per family.

Please download and complete the release and consent form. One form for each child. Return forms and fees to Centura or your school’s office, Village of Cairo Office, or mail to Cairo Community Foundation, PO Box 603, Cairo, NE 68824. Deadline to return forms is May 1st. After May 1st cost to attend is $10. Contact Tara Janda at 402-853-1701 with questions.

Safety topics include:

  • Weather
  • Auger Safety presented by Green Line Equipment
  • Tractor Roll Over presented by Titan Machinery
  • School Bus Safety
  • Knife Safety
  • Semi Safety
  • Stress Management and Laughing Yoga
  • Hypothermia
  • Neck and Eye Safety
  • Hunting and Gun Safety
  • Road Safety
  • Food Safety
  • Vaping and Juuling Awareness