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Upcoming Events in Kearney Nebraska


February

30 - 31 Mid-America Alfalfa Expo - Over 100 exhibitors from throughout the United States and the World showcasing the latest in alfalfa production and handling equipment, seed, preservatives, and many other products and services for the serious hay producer.

* Nationally known speakers addressing pertinent topics for the hay producer both days.

* Auction of exhibitor consigned items first day of the show beginning at 3:30 PM.

* Over 35,000 square feet of indoor exhibit space.

* Meals served on site.

Daily, 8:30am-6:30pm

Address: Fairgrounds , Kearney, Nebraska
Ph: 308-234-9080 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: mksumpter@aol.com
Web: www.alfalfaexpo.com
Fee: Free

March

Sandhill Crane Migration - Every spring, the Platte River Valley is filled with visitors, both the human and the bird varieties.

Almost 500,000 sandhill cranes, or 90 percent of the world's population of the birds, migrate through the region, and people from all over the world come to view the spectacular animals.

At approximately 3 l/2 feet tall and with an almost-6-foot wing span, anyone who has seen the annual crane "convention" can tell you the cranes are a must-see. The wide, shallow Platte is a perfect resting spot for cranes. Every night at sundown, thousands of cranes roost in the river, spending the night standing in the water where they are safe from predators. Then, as the sun rises, they fly back to the fields to feed during the day.

Cranes, one of the oldest known bird species alive, have been stopping on the Platte River for thousands of years, since the last ice age formed the Platte, researchers believe. Sandhill cranes mate for life. The pair flies the same path every year from their nesting grounds in Canada, Alaska and Siberia to their wintering spots in Texas and New Mexico.

Ft. Kearney State Historical Park. Open daily 9am - 5pm for information on sandhill crane migration, viewing areas, etc.

Address: Ft. Kearny State Historical Park , Kearney, Nebraska
Ph: 308-865-5305 (Always call and confirm events)
Fee: Admission charged

24 Dr. Seuss Birthday Bash - Come to the Kearney Area Children's Museum-KidZone in your slippers or waltz in with your shoes,
With green eggs and ham your guaranteed not to lose.
Set your alarm (don't forget) and don't you dare snooze
and celebrate with us the birthday of Dr. Seuss!

Join us for a special birthday celebration for Dr. Seuss! This event includes special story times, fun games, special activities, free book exchange, meet the Cat in the Hat and of course...Eat Green Eggs and Ham!

This event will be on Saturday, March 1st, 2014 from 9:00am-11:00am

Address: The Alia Arram Memorial Building, 5827 Fourth Avenue, Kearney, NE 68845 , Kearney, Nebraska
Ph: 308-698-2228 (Always call and confirm events)
Fax: 308-698-2229
Email: kidzone@kearneykidzone.com
Web: www.kearneykidzone.com
Fee: $5 per child-member, $10 per child-non member, Children under 12 months are free, Adults are free

3 Art & Crafts Fair - First Lutheran Church is excited to host this Arts and Crafts fundraiser for Nebraska Lutheran Campus Ministries! 10% of vendor proceeds go toward supporting Nebraska Lutheran Campus Ministries at UNK.

Come and enjoy the gifts and talents of local artists! 10 am - 3 pm
If interested in displaying and selling your work, download the registration form online.

DISCOUNTED EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION.

Address: 3315 G Avenue Kearney, Nebraska 68847 , Kearney, Nebraska
Ph: 308-237-5544 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: office@firstlutherankearney.org
Web: www.firstlutherankearney.org/artsfair.html
Fee: Free for General Public; Vendors see website for more info.

April

7 Signs of Spring Craft and Trade Show - Welcome spring and blow the winter stink off at the annual Signs of Spring Craft and Trade Show in Kearney, NE, at the Landmark Implement Arena, Buffalo County Fairgrounds EXPO Building, on the second Saturday in April, from 9-4. Over 250 booths of your favorite crafters, trades, home-based businesses and every kind of food you can imagine. This show is a non-profit fundraiser for Community Action Partnership of Mid Nebraska's human service programs that help people and change lives in 29 counties. Not one to miss! See our vendors at facebook.com/midshowpromotions . Show Promoter: Kyla Martin. Free parking/admission.

Address: 3807 Ave N Buffalo County Fairgrounds, EXPO , Kearney, Nebraska
Ph: 308-440-0153 (Always call and confirm events)
Fax: 308-865-5681
Email: kmartin@mnca.net
Web: communityactionmidne.com
Fee: Free

May

26 Fiesta Kearney - This Cinco de Mayo festival includes Mariachi Ameca, dancing and entertainment by Tavesia Nortena. Traditional foods, vendors and information booths. 11am-Midnight.

Address: Buffalo County Fairgrounds , Kearney, Nebraska
Ph: 308-234-1747 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: vdreyes@juno.com

26 - 28 Memorial Day Living History Weekend - A weekend filled with demonstrations and an 1860s soldier and civilian encampment. Sat-Sun, 9am-5pm; Mon, 9am-2pm.

Address: Ft. Kearny State Historical Park , Kearney, Nebraska
Ph: 308-865-5305 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: ftkrny@ngpc.state.ne.us
Web: www.ngpc.state.ne.us
Fee: Park permit required

June

8 - 9 Dancers of the Plains - Dancers of the Plains is an entertaining and educational Native American event, featuring Native American dancing and drumming by the Plains tribes. Beginning in 2009, each year the event features a tribe that once called Nebraska home, along with members of other Plains Indians tribes. Both days of the event are full of educational experiences for guests, as well as Native American foods and crafts. Supported by grants from the Nebraska Humanities Council and the Nebraska Arts Council, and many local sponsorships Free-will donations help make this event happen!

Address: 3060 East 1st Street , Kearney, Nebraska
Ph: 877-511-2724 (Always call and confirm events)
Fax: 308-338-0411
Email: robrien@archway.org
Web: www.archway.org
Fee: Free Will Donation

23 - 24 Junktoberfest - Great junk hunting is coming to Central Nebraska this June. Over 60 vendors from multiple states will bring to you the funkiest vintage, most unusual antiques, amazing handcrafted items and even some barn fresh supplies on this side of Lincoln. Aren’t you a little curious about what this JUNK craze is all about? Deck yourself out in your finest junking gear, that may mean your cutest boots or the most comfy worn in sneakers, wither way bring a friend or two and come spend the day with us! This will be a FUN weekend!

Address: Buffalo Co. Fairgrounds , Kearney, Nebraska
Ph: 308-340-6094 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: daisytoad@live.com
Web: facebook.com/Junktoberfest
Fee: $2

July

4 4th of July Spectacular - Experience a journey through 160 years of American heritage. Special show, high noon shoot-out, buffalo burgers and more.

Address: Great Platte River Road Archway Monument , Kearney, Nebraska
Ph: 877-511-2724 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: lstahlman@archway.org
Web: www.archway.org

30 - 1 4th of July Living History Weekend - Demonstrations, special events and an 1860s encampment display. Reenactors will be at Ft Kearny to demonstrate a typical day at the fort. There will be cannon firing at 2pm. The Central Nebraska Woodcarvers will be demonstrating wood carving and pine needle basket weaving throughout the day. Come visit and see a part of history. A Park Entry Permit is required. Sat-Sun, 9am-5pm

Address: Ft. Kearny State Historical Park , Kearney, Nebraska
Ph: 308-865-5305 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: fort.kearny@ngpc.ne.gov
Web: www.ngpc.state.ne.us
Fee: State Park permit or $2.50 per car

8 Art in the Park - Artists from 10 states demonstrate their talent and display their handiwork. Musical concerts and exhibits. 9am-5:00pm.

Address: Harmon Park, Fifth Avenue and 29th St. , Kearney, Nebraska
Ph: 308-234-2662 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: petoshar@kearney.net
Web: www.kearneyartistsguild.com/artinthepark.php
Fee: Free

11 - 15 Annual Cruise Nite Weekend - Every year in July the CNAC encourages anyone who wants to relive the memories of the "Good Ole Days" along with the love of the classic cars to come and enjoy in the fun. The event "Cruise Nite" is a four day event. Cruise Nite begins Thursday evening with a get-together BBQ and Show & Shine sponsored by Midway Chevrolet and the Kearney Area Children's Museum.

Friday a kick-off BBQ at the Great Platte River Road Archway with oldies music and food and fun starts the festivities. A car stereo competition and show is sponsored by Video Kingdom. Later in the evening a classic & collectible car auction is held with Rusty Rhynalds, auctioneer.

The fun continues on Saturday morning with the registration of approximately 500 that will park their classic cars on "The Bricks" in downtown Kearney. Classic music is played all day long at the MONA -Museum of Nebraska Art. Everyone in the surrounding area marks their calendar for this special Saturday to come and see the Show & Shine. Later, when it cools off, a Cruise Nite parade on "The Bricks" is featured. The streets are filled with classic cars and countless spectators taking in the parade.

The Cruise Nite weekend winds down on Sunday with the Hot Rod Reunion/Drag Races at the Kearney Raceway Park.

Address: Citywide , Kearney, Nebraska
Ph: 308-234-2538 (Always call and confirm events)
Web: centralneautoclub.cruisenitekearney.com/

14 Christmas in July Expo - Come enjoy the first ever Christmas in July Expo featuring crafts, products, home-based businesses, trades, craft classes, trunk shows, a bead trunk show and a rubber stamp sale are a few things to tempt you! The first of its kind in this area! 9:00-5:00.
Sponsored by Community Action Partnership of Mid Nebraska.

Address: 3807 Ave N Buffalo County Fairgrounds Expo , Kearney, Nebraska
Ph: 308-440-0153 (Always call and confirm events)
Fax: 308-865-5681
Email: kmartin@mnca.net
Web: www.communityactionmidne.com
Fee: Free

18 - 24 Buffalo County Fair - Free afternoon and evening entertainment.

Address: County Fairgrounds, 3500 Avenue N , Kearney, Nebraska
Ph: 866-301-1201 (Always call and confirm events)
Web: buffalocountyfairgrounds.com

August

Demolition Derby - Advance tickets for the 8pm show are $9 for adults and $4 for children 12 and younger, or $10 and $5 at the gate.

Address: Expostion Center on the Fairgrounds, 3500 Ave. N , Kearney, Nebraska
Ph: 308-236-1201 (Always call and confirm events)

PRCA Rodeo - Advance tickets for the 8pm show are $9 for adults and $4 for children 12 and younger, or $10 and $5 at the gate.

Address: Expostion Center on the Fairgrounds, 3500 Ave. N , Kearney, Nebraska
Ph: 308-236-1201 (Always call and confirm events)

25 - 27 Labor Day Living History Weekend - Re-enactment of Civil War camp and living conditions. 10am soldier revelry, 2pm Cannon firing. 9am-5pm.

Address: Ft. Kearny State Historical Park , Kearney, Nebraska
Ph: 308-865-5305 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: ftkrny@ngpc.state.ne.us
Web: www.ngpc.state.ne.us
Fee: State Park permit or $2.50 per car

November

3 Fall Festival of Crafts Show - More than 200 booths from Nebraska and surrounding states.

9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Buffalo County Fairgrounds
3807 N Avenue

Address: County Fairgrounds, 3807 N. Avenue , Kearney, Nebraska
Ph: 308-440-0153 (Always call and confirm events)
Web: www.buffalocountyfairgrounds.com
Fee: Free

3 Holiday Splendor Craft and Trade Show - Join Christmas shoppers from all over the state at this well-established holiday craft and trade show held the second Saturday in November in Kearney for over 10 years. There's something for everyone including great entertainment for your kids, everything you need for your stockings/gift giving and homemade goodies galore! Visit with home-based businesses about that perfect product you need to make your life better. Not a show you want to miss! Sponsored by Community Action Partnership of Mid Nebraska; Show Promoter-Kyla Martin. Find us on facebook.com/midshowpromotions . Free parking/admission.

Address: 3807 Ave N, Kearney, Buffalo County Fairgrounds, EXPO Bldg , Kearney, Nebraska
Ph: 308-440-0153 (Always call and confirm events)
Fax: 308-865-5681
Email: kmartin@mnca.net
Web: communityactionmidne.com
Fee: Free

10 - 11 Relics Antique, Vintage, Handmade Market - Relics is a multi vendor event featuring a great variety of antiques, vintage, retro, collectible, handmade, repurposed and much more at the Buffalo county Fairgrounds Kearney, Nebraska. Admission $3, good for both days. Children under 12 free.

Address: 3807 Ave M , Kearney, Nebraska
Ph: 308-340-6094 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: FOUR13EVENTS@hotmail.com
Fee: $3

14 - 15 Gateway Farm Expo - An agricultural show that promotes modern agriculture with an emphasis on innovation, education and technology. Wed, 9am-7pm; Thurs, 9am-5pm.

Address: County Fairgrounds, 3807 Ave N , Kearney, Nebraska
Ph: 877-720-4885 (Always call and confirm events)
Web: www.gatewayfarmexpo.org

24 - 2 Old Fashioned Christmas Walk - Old fashioned strolling carolers, visit Santa, Ma & Pa's Kettle Korn, roasting marshmallows, children's puppet show, decorating Christmas cookies, autograph sessions. 5-8pm. Two weekends, Sat and Sun.

Address: 24th & Central Ave , Kearney, Nebraska
Ph: 308-440-8401 (Always call and confirm events)
Web: www.visitkearney.org
Fee: Free

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Sandhill Crane Migration

Fossil records reveal the sandhill cranes have been visiting this region for more than nine million years. For five weeks each spring, visitors to the Platte River valley in south-central Nebraska can enjoy the symphony of sounds and dancing rituals of 90 percent of the world'

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Kearney United States Post Office

Completed in 1911, the Post Office Building is a fine example of the Neo-Classical Revival style. It was designed by James Knox Taylor. Taylor's education and early practice was in St. Paul, Minnesota. In 1897 he became the supervising architect of the U.S. Treasury.

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