The Decatur Community Club sponsors the annual Riverfront Days celebration in June, and other activities for young and old throughout the year. For further information, contact the Village Office at (402) 349-5360.
The Decatur Volunteer Fire & Rescue kick off the celebrations each year with a dance to live music in the fire hall at the Annual Fireman’s Ball on the first Saturday of February.
Contestants are not limited to Decatur residents. Winners of first through third places receive trophies. Each entrant pays an entry fee and prepares one crock pot of chili. After samples are removed for judging, the public is invited to purchase samples of each for a nominal fee.
Easter Egg Hunt
An annual Easter Egg Hunt is held for youngsters by six age categories ranging from two and under through sixth grade. The children hunt for plastic eggs each containing a dime and for one large golden egg in each of the age groups. The lucky child finding the golden egg receives a five dollar bill.
Clean-Up Decatur Day
Hard work becomes a festival in Decatur early in May as community members gather to volunteer for Clean-Up Decatur Day. Several large dumpsters are brought in so that residents can discard large items which can’t be included with the weekly garbage pickup. Items which can be discarded on this day are old tires, furniture, appliances, abandoned autos, etc. If residents are unable to get these items to the dumpsters, a phone call will bring a volunteer to pick them up at their curbside.
Memorial Day Weekend
Memorial Day weekend offers many activities including the annual Alumni Banquet. Alumni from all graduating classes are invited to gather together for a dinner and program. The 25-year class plans the banquet. The 25-year and 50-year classes are the honored classes. Many classes hold a class party prior to the banquet.
Memorial Day is observed with a program sponsored on alternate years by the VFW Post and American Legion Post and their auxiliaries. The program begins at City Hall with a community sing-a-long of patriotic songs, presentations by local children and a guest speaker. Services conclude at Hillcrest Cemetery.
Halloween Costume Contest
In October, the Community Club hosts a Halloween Costume Contest for area youth at North Park with cash prizes for the best costumes by age group. Following costume judging is a hot dog and marshmallow roast complete with hot chocolate.
Parade of Trees
A few weeks prior to Christmas, the Community Club hosts a Parade of Trees including a free chili supper at the City Hall basement. Santa Clause, with gifts of candy in tow, pays a special visit to make sure he has everybody’s gift request on his list.