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Upcoming Events in Minden Nebraska


May

25 - 26 Pioneer Village Memorial Day - Weekend honoring the armed forces, concluding with a 1940s dance band at the Minden Opera House.

Address: Pionner Village , Minden, Nebraska
Ph: (308) 832-1181 (Always call and confirm events)
Web: www.pioneervillage.com
Fee: A fee is charged

June

1 - 2 Pioneer Village Days - Inventors from small towns to large cities gather to display their newest concepts, conceived in garages, sheds and kitchens and brought to life with dedication, commitment and purpose, surrounded by thousands of yesteryears' most popular inventions. 8am-7pm.

Address: Harold Warp Pioneer Village, 138 E. Hwy 6 , Minden, Nebraska
Ph: 308-832-1181 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: manager@pioneervillage.com
Web: www.pioneervillage.org
Fee: Admission charged

7 - 9 FACES Motorcycle Rally - The FACES Rally is a motorcycle event for all bikes held every June since 2002 to raise money and bring awareness for the National Craniofacial Association (FACES) which is a non profit organization for children and young adults with facial birth defects. FACES is based in Chattanooga TN. and assists families with traveling and lodging expenses since the majority of these children need to travel long distances to receive the medical attention needed. There are several children in the area who have benefited from FACES because they heard of this great organization through the rally.

Events during the rally include a fun run, bike show, bike games, hog roast, bands, vendors, and other activities.

Ph: 305-350-3126 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: facesrally@yahoo.com
Web: facesrally.org
Fee: $15.00 per person $25.00 per couple

8 Annual City Wide Garage Sales - Many garage sales around Minden. Maps of garage sale site available at Mason's Market, 5th Street IGA and Jensen Memorial Library.

Address: Citywide , Minden, Nebraska
Ph: 308-832-1811 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: mindenchamber@gtmc.net
Web: www.mindenne.org

22 Minden Street Dance - Dance under the stars and on the streets of downtown Minden. We are excited to host the Omaha Band Groove Puppet for the dance this year. The Bar and Gates will open at 8:00pm and the band will play 9:00pm-1:00am. Call 832-1811 for more information or email mindenchamber@gtmc.net

Address: 5th & Colorado Ave. , Minden, Nebraska
Ph: 308-832-1811 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: mindenchamber@gtmc.net
Web: www.mindenne.org

23 Christmas City Classic Car Show - Cars of all kinds will be parked around the square plus craft fair, food, entertainment, bounce house, trivia and lots of fun. Join us from 10am-3pm day of good old family fun on the beautiful downtown square in Minden, NE. Checkout our web site for entry form and more information.

Address: Downtown Square in Minden , Minden, Nebraska
Ph: Marcia Davis (Always call and confirm events)
Fax: 308-832-1811
Email: mindenchamber@gtmc.net
Web: www.mindenne.org
Fee: Free to the public, $10.00 per car

July

4 Echoes of Independence - Old fashioned carnival, historic games and activities from 100 years ago. Band concert highlights the music of yesteryear.

Address: Harold Warp Pioneer Village, 138 E. Hwy 6 , Minden, Nebraska
Ph: 308-832-1181 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: manager@pioneervillage.com
Web: www.pioneervillage.org
Fee: Admission charged

4 Fireworks Display - A spectacular show celebrating our Nation's freedom. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy the 45+ minutes show between the Gold Course and Kearney County Fairgrounds. 10pm.

Address: Kearney County Fairgrounds, N. Hwy 10 , Minden, Nebraska
Ph: 308-832-1811 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: mindenchamber@gtmc.net
Web: www.mindenne.org
Fee: Free

14 - 18 Kearney County Fair - • 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. Exhibit Building open for construction of Educational and Commercial Booths. •

• 3:00 p.m. 4-H and open class Horse Show

• 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. Check in all 4-H, FFA, Scouts, and Open Class fair exhibits. • 3:00 p.m. 4-H Concession Stand opens • 6:00 p.m. Hamburger Meal • 8:00 p.m. Adult Town Team Barnyard Olympics • 9:30 p.m. Buildings Close

• 9:00 a.m. Begin Judging all 4-H, FFA, Scouts, and Open Class Indoor Exhibits • 12:00 Noon 4-H Concession Stand Special Meal • 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Bingo – Sponsored by the Senior Center • 3:30 p.m. Rabbit and Poultry Show • 4:30 p.m. Pet Show • 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. Carnival/Game Night • 6:00 p.m. Duck Drop sponsored by Lakin PRIDE • 6:00 p.m. Concessions Stand Dinner Special • 6:30 p.m. 50th year Turtle Races Sponsored by Chantilly 4-H Club, Show Arena • 8:00 Fashion Revue 9:30 p.m. Buildings Close

• 8:00 a.m. Swine, Sheep and Bucket Calf Livestock Show • 12:00 Noon 4-H Concession Stand Special Meal • 1:00 p.m. Goat Show, Beef Show 30 minutes AFTER Last Goat Class • 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Bingo – Sponsored by the Senior Center • 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. People Pleasers 4-H Club sell Cotton Candy • 5:00 p.m. Registration for the Kiddie Tractor Pull • 5:30 p.m. Kiddie Tractor Pull Sponsored by Kearny County Farm Bureau • 6:00 p.m. Kearny County Fair Board Scholarship Fish Fry – $7.50 Per Plate • 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. People Pleasers 4-H Club sell Cotton Candy • 8:00 p.m. Entertainment -Brad Elliott & the ABC Band • 9:30 p.m. Buildings Close

• 8:30 a.m. Senior Round Robin Showmanship Contest Junior Round Robin Showmanship Contest

• 12:00 Noon 4-H Concession Stand Special Meal • 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Bingo – Sponsored by the Senior Center • 6:00 p.m. Free BBQ Featuring W ebb’s Food Crew and BBQ • 7:30 p.m. 4-H and FFA Livestock Sale • 8:30 p.m. Check-Out and Fairgrounds Clean-up. All entries released. Unclaimed exhibits can be picked up at the Extension Office on Monday. Premium Checks will be at the Extension Office one week following the Fair.

Address: County fairgrounds, N. Hwy 10 , Minden, Nebraska
Ph: 308-832-0645 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: krnycountyfair@gmail.com
Web: www.kearnycountykansas.com/kearny-county-fair/

August

27 Annual Food Fair on the Square - Food vendors with various cuisines, live musical entertainment and family activities. 9am-8pm.

Address: Downtown , Minden, Nebraska
Ph: 308-382-1811 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: mindenchamber@gtmc.net
Web: www.mindenne.org
Fee: Free

September

30 - 4 Antique Airplane Association Fly-In - NEW LOCATION------ this year ----- we will meet at September 2 to 7th at Blakesburg, IA. See you there. Drive alongs are also welcome.

Ph: 308-380-5079 (Always call and confirm events)
Web: www.neantiqueairplane.com/
Fee: Free

October

12 Annual BandFest - Experience the talent of local band & flag corps as they march the main streets of Minden. The parade starts at 1:00.

Following the parade, head on out to the Minden football field and watch bands perform in the field competitions. Awards are announced later in the afternoon.

Address: 1st St to Brown Ave & Kuper Field , Minden, Nebraska
Ph: 308-832-1181 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: mindenchamber@gtmc.net
Web: www.mindenne.org
Fee: Field competition $1-$2.

26 Annual Halloween Parade - 3:30pm.

Address: Downtown square , Minden, Nebraska
Ph: 308-832-1181 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: mindenchamber@gtmc.net
Web: www.mindenne.org
Fee: Free

November

30 Christmas Pageant - A hand-written, home-produced pageant, "The Light of the World," was first presented in 1946. Written by the Reverend Art Johnson and Clayton Morey, the pageant is performed every year by 115 local citizens on three sides of the Kearney County Courthouse. The 1,000 to 5,000 spectators all stand in the chilly December air, so dress warmly. It lasts a half hour.

While the actors on the courthouse lawn have been pantomiming the story for audiences, it was volunteers, during the first years, who read the parts from a script with background music being played on the turntable of a wooden console in a small room on the third floor of the courthouse. Cues were passed from the upstairs sound room to the pageant cast downstairs through the use of headsets. As each scene came up, the message to get lined and ready to go was sent down. New technology made it possible to record the sounds of the pageant--in the form of a record. Later the tape recorder came along and the pageant was put on tape. What started as a cast of 40 and a small crew has grown to include more than 150 actors per presentation with another 50 people working behind the scenes throughout the year to bring the story to life.

The pageant has spanned three generations of actors with the grandchildren of the original cast now taking part. The pageant continued for 52 years, being canceled twice in 1973 because of the energy crisis and on Dec. 12, 1993, when there was an explosion at the elevator in town near the intersection of Highways 6, 34, and 10. The city of Minden and the more than 2,000 people who had lent a hand to the pageant remember its many years of glory and there are no plans to discontinue what has become a family and community tradition.

The pageant is performed the Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend and the first two Sundays of December at 7:00 pm.

Address: Downtown , Minden, Nebraska
Ph: 308-832-1811 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: mindenchamber@gtmc.net
Web: www.mindenne.org
Fee: Free

December

1 - 8 Christmas Pageant - A hand-written, home-produced pageant, "The Light of the World," was first presented in 1946. Written by the Reverend Art Johnson and Clayton Morey, the pageant is performed every year by 115 local citizens on three sides of the Kearney County Courthouse. The 1,000 to 5,000 spectators all stand in the chilly December air, so dress warmly. It lasts a half hour.

While the actors on the courthouse lawn have been pantomiming the story for audiences, it was volunteers, during the first years, who read the parts from a script with background music being played on the turntable of a wooden console in a small room on the third floor of the courthouse. Cues were passed from the upstairs sound room to the pageant cast downstairs through the use of headsets. As each scene came up, the message to get lined and ready to go was sent down. New technology made it possible to record the sounds of the pageant--in the form of a record. Later the tape recorder came along and the pageant was put on tape. What started as a cast of 40 and a small crew has grown to include more than 150 actors per presentation with another 50 people working behind the scenes throughout the year to bring the story to life.

The pageant has spanned three generations of actors with the grandchildren of the original cast now taking part. The pageant continued for 52 years, being canceled twice in 1973 because of the energy crisis and on Dec. 12, 1993, when there was an explosion at the elevator in town near the intersection of Highways 6, 34, and 10. The city of Minden and the more than 2,000 people who had lent a hand to the pageant remember its many years of glory and there are no plans to discontinue what has become a family and community tradition.

The pageant is performed the Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend and the first two Sundays of December at 7:00 pm.

Address: Downtown , Minden, Nebraska
Ph: 308-832-1811 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: mindenchamber@gtmc.net
Web: www.mindenne.org
Fee: Free

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Historic Homes Tour

A printed self-guided driving or walking tour of 41 architectural and historical buildings and homes is available at the Pioneer Village Motel and the Chamber of Commerce.

Minden, NE Tours

Kearney County Court House

After a spirited disagreement the county seat was moved from Lowell to Minden, and a frame building was erected on this site in 1879. The cornerstone of the present building was laid July 17, 1906

Minden, NE Historic Courthouses

Fort Kearny State Recreation Area

Campers will find south-central Nebraska's Fort Kearny State Recreation Area much to their liking. Once called Kearney County SRA, this rec area boasts excellent camping facilities. The attractive 152-acre area was acquired by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission in 1960

Minden, NE Recreation

Evangelical Free Church

Originally built as the First Presbyterian Church in 1909

Minden, NE Historic Churches

WPA Post Office Mural

At the southeast corner of the square is the Minden Post Office. It was completed in 1937 in the style called by some "WPA Moderne". The mural over the postmaster's door was painted by Willow E. Bunn in the WPA artists' program in 1939.

Minden, NE Arts

Things to do near Minden, NE