My last post saying goodbye to all of the great times we had this summer may not be quite accurate. I was looking over the calendar of events for my little corner of the outback, and it looks to me like September is one of the busiest months of the year as far as fun things to do.
Of course, the Nebraska State Fair is going on right now in Lincoln, and we are having a great time here, letting people know about all of the great stuff to do in Lincoln County in our booth, and participating in the nightly parade through State Fair Park.
This is (supposedly) the last year the fair will be in Lincoln. Next year is slated to be in Grand Island, more central within the state. However, the Nebraska Supreme Court has agreed to weigh in on a lawsuit currently working it's way through the system designed to keep the fair in Lincoln. Who knows what the outcome will be, but I do feel sorry for the organizers in Grand Island, trying to get ready to a massive event, but unsure of whether or not they'll really host it, and probably not finding out for sure until about six months prior.
Anyway, on to what is actually happening THIS year in September.
Back in the west, the annual Paxton Labor Day celebration, including the "Thunder In The Valley" bullriding classic on the 5th.
A little further west in Lewellen, is the new Blue Water Blues Festival with a great lineup of Blues artists on September 5th.
In North Platte, there's the Nebraska State Rodeo Association State Finals on September 11, 12 and 13, the Colonel Cody's Cruise Show and Shine the 12th and 13th, and the Arts in the Park on the 13th. Then there's the Trap and Sporting Clays shoot at the Lincoln County Wildlife Gun Club on September 12th & 13th. Busy weekend in North Platte!
It doesn't end there, either. The next weekend, September 18, 19 and 20 is the North Platte (Railroad Town USA) Rail Fest. A whole weekend of great railroad-themed events. There's also the Lincoln County High School Rodeo and Farmer's Market. The same weekend is the Fall Festival in Wallace.
And there's lots more going on in September throughout the state. Greeley has an Irish Festival the same weekend as North Platte's Rail Fest, which is too bad, because I'd really like to go someday.
Then there's the great Nebraska Junk Jaunt. A 300 mile continuous Yard Sale in central Nebraska. Each of 35-40 towns organizes a 3-day yard sale. Most towns will have at least one “Central Set-Up” location for vendors. Last year, this fun event drew 20,000 people from 32 states and 70 of 93 Nebraska counties.
If you were planning to stay at home and do nothing this September, better think again and get out and enjoy some fun before the deep-freeze winter that the Old Farmer's Almanac is predicting hits us.
Thanks for stopping by. The coffee is always on.