Chadron commemorates 125 years with historic celebration |

Chadron commemorates 125 years with historic celebration

The northwestern Nebraska town of Chadron will be celebrating its 125th year with a big celebration on July 9, 2010 called “How the West Was Once Ag Day.”

Nestled in the Pine Ridge region on the northern border of the state, Chadron is a beautiful town with a rich heritage of ranching, farming and logging. Located southeast of the White River, Chadron’s pine clad ridges are home to abundant wildlife while the surrounding country has rich farm and ranch land.

The celebration starts off on Friday morning 1.8 miles south of town where the All-Horse Parade with wagons and saddle horses will drive a herd of longhorns toward Chadron. The drive will start between 8 and 9 a.m. The Longhorn Drive will arrive at the fairgrounds at around noon after traveling on Hwy. 385 and then Main Street through Chadron.

There is no admission into the fairground where activities will abound. There will be over 30 tables of collectibles, antiques, product displays, craft demonstrations, cattle, equipment and more (contact Jane Ramm at 308-432-5552 for booth information). There will be a Centennial Quilt raffle, plus a silent auction, a Forest Service Mule Pack String Demonstration, antique tractors, and the opportunity to be photographed with the longhorn cattle (you must provide camera).

At 2:30 p.m. there will be a Cowboy Mounted Shooting competition, then Nebraska’s first Horse Soccer game, followed by a Bull Whackers contest. Winding up the afternoon activities will be cowboy music and poetry.

From 5:30-6:30 p.m. there will be Cowboy Cooking with an evening meal for $10 per ticket. It’s limited to 200, so early purchase of tickets is recommended (contact Celeste Schuhmacher at 308-432-3830). After supper, there will be a Flag Ceremony and a country music show at the grandstand.

This historic, western town is pulling out all the stops for the celebration and it will be a great time for families and folks from all walks of life to gather and enjoy the festivities and taste Chadron’s hospitality.

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