Nebraska, Seward County and Seward will be celebrating their 150th Birthday during the year of 2017 and many events and celebrations will center of the milestone. One of the first "official" events of the yearlong celebration was an official "Kick-Off" Celebration this last evening, March 5 at the Bottle Rocket Brewery here is Seward. The event featured a Nebraska Roast Beef dinner, Special music, a birthday cake, along with comments and reflections of the year ahead. Bottle Rocket previewed their new Seward Sesquicentennial Brew. Past and present elected officials of Seward and Seward County were recognized. Clark Kolterman, Seward 150 Chair, served as MC, "Sam and Sue" gave a tribute for the event, Julia Marble led the Nebraska Youth Honor Choir, Andrew Pavel-SHS '17 recited Ted Kooser's, "So This is Nebraska", Chas Prochnow-SHS '18 read a paper on "Our Sesquicentennial".
Roger Glawatz, Chair of the County Commissioners gave a brief report as did Seward Mayor, Josh Eickmeier after which Commissioners and Council members were presented and photographed.
The evening's festivities were concluded with the singing of the Nebraska State Song, "Beautiful Nebraska" by Jim Fras and Guy Gage Miller followed by "God Bless America".
A Good Time was had by All.