Oregon Trail Days celebrates centennial


GERING, Neb. – Oregon Trail Days is set to celebrate its 100th anniversary. The celebration begins July 8 and runs through July 11.

Oregon Trail Days will feature 25 events over four days. The festivities begin with a kickoff barbecue and street dance on July 8 at 6 p.m. in front of the courthouse on Tenth Street in Gering. Barbecue beef sandwiches and chips will be served for $4.
Also beginning on the eighth are the Vera Dulaney Memorial Art Show and Sale, starting at 7 p.m., and the Frazier Shows Carnival. The art show will run until Saturday at the Gering Civic Center and the carnival will run until Sunday at Five Rocks Amphitheater. For more information regarding the carnival including wristband pricing, call 308-436-4457.
The events continue bright and early July 9 beginning with the Don Childs Memorial Five Mile Run at 7 a.m. on Tenth Street. Registration begins at 6 a.m. The Kiddie Parade begins at 10 a.m. with registration beginning at 9 a.m. at Legion Park. Mary Robinson can be contacted at 308-672-4059 for more information. Kids Games in the Park will take place after the parade.

The Old Settlers headquarters will open at 9 a.m. and a luncheon will take place at noon at the Gering Civic Center. More information is available by contacting Norma Ray at 308-632-4526 or Cherie Loose at 308-436-5122.

The Street Vault on Tenth Street begins at 2 p.m. and registration is $15.00. Bill Bauer can be reached at 308-436-4650 for more information.

 The Rod & Custom Car Show and the International Food Fair take place on Tenth Street in Gering starting at 5 p.m. Square dancing will begin at 8 p.m. with caller Lucky Kochenower.
Five Rocks Amphitheater will play host to the Gering City Band starting at 8 p.m. The concert is free and open to all.
The Bicycle Hill Climb begins at 7 a.m. on Saturday morning at the Scotts Bluff National Monument. Also beginning at 7 a.m., the Gering High School Girls Softball Team will be sponsoring a Benefit Pancake Feed at Gardner Park. Pancakes will be $4. Mud Volleyball begins at 8 a.m. at Five Rocks Amphitheater.

Beginning at 9 a.m., the Oregon Trail Days Craft Fair will take place at Legion Park. The craft fair will run until 4 p.m. and more information is available by contacting Gina Mattley at 308-436-2388.

The Oregon Trail Days parade begins at 10 a.m. with the parade lineup beginning at 8 a.m. Floats are to meet at Gering High School, bands at Gardner Park and animals at Ace Hardware. The theme for this year is “Celebrating 100 Years of our Legendary Past.”  Float entries are asked to be decorated before arriving at the high school. A special feature for the parade will be the longhorn cattle that will make their way down Tenth Street this year. For more information, contact John Ewing at 308-637-7071, Tracy Bentley at 308-631-4840, or Mike Minzey at 308-635-3878.

After the parade, the Legacy of the Plains Museum will host lunch for $5 from noon until 2 p.m. 

The Oregon Trail Days Panhandle Quilt Guild Regional Quilt Show will be held from noon to 5 p.m. at the Gering City Plaza. Beginning at 1 p.m., the Horseshoe Tournament will take place at Oregon Trail Park. There is a $10 entry fee for participants.

The 34th Annual Nebraska State Championship CASI Chili Cook-off will take place at Five Rocks Amphitheater. Registration begins at 8 a.m. The gates will open at 1 p.m. and public tasting will begin at 3 p.m. For more information, contact Bill Schlaepfer at 308-631-2293.

A beer and wine tasting will take place at 1125 J Street in Gering from 6:30-9 p.m. This event costs $25.
Sawyer Brown and special guest Ned LeDoux will take the stage for the Oregon Trail Days Music Festival at Five Rocks Amphitheater at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for this event can be purchased at kneb.com/tickets. The gates will open at 6:30 p.m.

Sunday evening will feature the Gospel Jubilee beginning at 7 p.m. at Legion Park. The Jubilee will feature The Hebberts and several special guests.
For more information on any of these events including registration forms, visit www.oregontraildays.com.

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