A Busy September

After an incredibly crazy August with all of the excitement surrounding the 2017 total solar eclipse, we are looking forward to a busy and fun September, though hopefully not quite as crazy! September has always been a fun time of festivals and events in North Platte, and 2017 is no exception!

Two cornerstone events happen annually the first weekend following Labor Day. Those, of course, are Col. Cody’s Cruise Show and Shine and the Arts in the Park.

2017 represents the 23rd annual Col. Cody’s Cruise Show and Shine, and it gets bigger and better every year. This year, due to the fire and construction at the Holiday Inn, the headquarters moves to the Best Western. Registration is from 3:00pm to 8:00pm at the Best Western on Friday September 8, followed by a BBQ from 6:00pm – 8:00pm at the D & N Event Center.

The main event is Saturday September 9 from 8:00am to 4:00pm as the classic cars take over the streets of downtown North Platte for a full day of fun, food and shopping. The raffle drawing for the North Platte Community College’s project car, a 1965 Chevrolet Impala Super Sport will be held at 3:00pm.
For 44 years, Arts in the Park has been welcoming visitors to western Nebraska’s largest outdoor craft show. The show is always the Sunday following Labor Day from 10:00am to 4:00pm in North Platte’s Cody Park. More than 100 vendors, with many new vendors and food vendors. You don’t want to miss this.

Farther afield is the annual Fall Festival in the community of Wellfleet, 25 miles south of North Platte. Festivities include a fishing contest at the beautiful Wellfleet Lake, a Stock Dog Competition, Craft and Vendor Show, Sand Volleyball Tournament, Antique Tractor Pull, lots of fun for the kids, Team Sorting a parade, and of course, lots of food! This is a wonderful family event in a quaint small rural Nebraska community.

September’s fun isn’t confined to the first weekend following Labor Day! September 15 – 17 is the annual North Platte Rail Days celebration that attracts visitors from around the world to experience North Platte’s railroad heritage. The foundation of the celebration is the bus tours of Bailey Yard that happen on September 16. Other festivities throughout the weekend include a model train show, railroad and the skilled trades exhibits at Cody Park and the Golden Spike Tower and Visitor Center. Start your North Platte Rail Days off right with a pancake breakfast at the Lincoln County Historical Museum on September 16 at 8:00am.

North Platte’s rodeo season continues with three performances of the NIRA Great Plains Region College Rodeo hosted by North Platte Community College at the Wild West Arena, 2400 N. Buffalo Bill Ave. Performances are Friday evening and Saturday day and evening. The finest young collegiate rodeo performers from the Great Plains will compete.

Local celebration fun continues on September 16 as Wallace celebrates “130 Years Strong” with the Wallace Fall Festival. The fun includes a day of parades, kids games, rodeo tractor, free BBQ, street dance and other events.

Just because school has started doesn’t mean that the fun ends! Get out and enjoy some of these wonderful events.