Gothenburg’s Third Annual Pony Express Barbecue Blowout

Be part of the excitement when you compete with national teams in Gothenburg’s Third Pony Express BBQ Challenge. The competition – with a prize purse of $7,500 – is fierce and fun for everyone. It will be held on May 1st-2nd at the Lafayette Campground in Gothenburg.
The BBQ Challenge will consist of Grilling experts from Competition teams from across the United States challenging for top honors in: Chicken, Ribs, Pork and Brisket.
Friday evening, there will be a People’s Choice Chili Cook-off. Cost to register is $10 This has been well-attended during past events.
The Backyard BBQ will be held on Saturday, May 2nd. There will be live music and a beer garden  to enjoy while tasting and judging the BBQ. There will be a people’s choice event and also blind judging. Prizes will be given away for both categories.
Competition teams will have the opportunity to sell their leftover meat to the public on Saturday, May 2nd as well.
For more information, sign-up details, rules and regulations; please visit You can also contact Mike Eberle at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on the phone at: 308-962-0112 or June Blauvelt at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on the phone at: 308-537-3505.

Sermons A La Carte Series Scheduled On Wednesday

Sermons Ala Carte will be presented in Cozad by the Cozad Association of Churches.
Wednesday message will be hosted at the Cozad United Methodist Church, 1515 B Street with speaker James McCrickard of Church of Christ on the topic of love on April 1st.

Cozad’s Block Is Appointed To Open West Ward Council Spot

The Cozad City Council had many items of discussion that highlighted their regular meeting that was held in the Cozad Council Chambers on Monday evening.
Filling a vacant spot on the City Council, Charlie Block was recommended by Mayor Nancy Meyer. The recommendation was approved and Block will be sworn in at the April 6th meeting.
There were many patrons present to discuss the Alcoholic liquor ordinance that was introduced that mentioned the sale of alcoholic beverages from 6 a.m until 1 a.m. within the city limits of Cozad. It will be read and discussed again at the April 6th meeting.
Cozad Boy Scout Trevor Linn was present at the meeting to request the possibility of installing sidewalk at the Cozad Swimming Pool along with moving benches to a more convenient location as part of his Eagle Scout Project.
The Cozad City Council approved Linn’s Eagle Scout project and funding from the city will be allocated from Recycling Funds.
Dawson Area Development was present to give details about Cozad applying for a Community Development Block grant for owner/occupied housing rehabilitation for the amount of $310,000.
A bid from New Horizons of Lincoln was accepted to remove the asbestos from the Rialto building at a cost of $28,650.
The audit report that was completed by Contryman Associates was approved along with the Treasurerss report.
The next regular meeting will be held on April 6th.

Cozad Jaycees Easter Egg Hunt March 29th

The Cozad Jaycees are planning their annual Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday, March 29th next to the Cozad football stadium at 2 p.m.
The hunt is open to children ages 1st to 5th grade. Please bring your own baskets.
If inclement weather, it will be held in the Wellness Center.
Questions may be directed to Lindsay at 308-325-5551 or Marcy at 308-325-1861.

Cozad Chamber Awards:


Lindsay Erickson, President of the Cozad Chamber of Commerce presented Jill Hoffmaster on behalf of the late Darin Hoffmaster with the Community Service Award.

Cozad Citywide Clean Up Starts On March 23

Attention will focus upon Cozad’s annual citywide clean-up campaign March 23rd-27th. Residents of Cozad are reminded that pick-up stickers may be obtained at the municipal office.
Citizens are requested to place discarded items in alleys or on curb lines during the special week. A reminder has also been issued that recycling dumpsters are located on property just east of the former Paulsen, Inc., offices on East Highway 30.
Paint products may be placed in a blue dumpster, newspapers in a large brown dumpster, cardboard in a brown dumpster and aluminum in a silver dumpster. Plastic bags may be also be deposited in a yellow dumpster.
Items to be picked up include: white goods-appliances, such as dishwasher, washer, dryer, stove, freezer, air conditioner, refrigerator. Tires, batteries, computer monitors, furniture, wood or wood products, tree limbs and brush too large to fit in municipal dumpsters.
Questions may be directed to the City of Cozad offices.

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