“TRADITION” is a commonly used word found in our everyday conversations.

“TRADITION” is a commonly used word found in our everyday conversations.  In many cases, the word “TRADITION” can mean strength, or comfortable, or just expected outcomes.  From the inceptions of our community, North Platte has built strong traditions.  From our traditional and ongoing positive relationship with the railroad to the traditional events and activities found within our annual NEBRASKAland Days celebration.  In many cases, it’s “TRADITION” that brings us together as we reminisce, bond, and even start new traditions.

My favorite tradition as it relates to our North Platte community is First National Bank’s annual Chili Cook-Off— a community feeling, fun themes, costumes, a variety of delicious chili, music and lots of laughter – a tradition that began in 1984 to support our Mid-Plains United Way.  Ronald Reagan was President, Johnny Carson hosted the Academy Awards, the Summer Olympics took place in Los Angeles and Detroit Tigers won the World Series.

So on behalf of the Mid-Plains United Way Board of Trustees, Staff, Partner Agencies and Volunteers, I would like to say thank you to Greg Wilke and everyone at First National Bank for hosting their 23rdannual Chili-Cook-off. It was because of their time and effort that made this year’s Chili Cook-Off another huge success.   $3,428.90 was raised and will be distributed to our 14 partner agencies.  I would like to thank all the teams who made amazing chili, Cassie Condon for allowing the event to move to the Platte River Mall due to the poor weather conditions and most especially, to everyone who attended FNB’s Chili Cook-off event for good chili, fellowship and support.  We look forward to next year, because after all… it’s “TRADITION!”