Make North Platte Your Home

The North Platte tourism industry has created a great place to have fun, which means it’s also a great place to live and work!

Incredible outdoor recreation right outside your door – hunting and fishing – nearby lakes for water sports – a water trail on the North Platte River – nearly 6,500 acres of public lands in the county!

Fun, exciting and educational events every month for the whole family. Great attractions to share with your friends and family! A wide variety of dining and entertainment options!

The North Platte Area Chamber and Development is partnering with the area’s three largest employers at the first ever North Platte hiring event.

The career fair will be held on Friday, September 29 from 11:00am to 7:00pm at Wild Bill’s Wings and Bowling, 1100 S. Jeffers St. in North Platte. Appetizers will be served.

Participating employers include Great Plains Health, Union Pacific Railroad and the Walmart Distribution Center 7018. Combined, these employers have nearly 300 positions they would like to fill immediately with hard-working, qualified people.

Prospective applicants are encouraged to drop in any time throughout the day. Representatives from the companies will be available to answer questions and set up interviews.

For specific information about open positions, go to:

  • Union Pacific Railroad – UP.jobs
  • Great Plains Health – gphealth.org/careers
  • Walmart DC – walmartcareers.com

The North Platte Area Chamber and Development is located at 502 S. Dewey St. and can be reached at (308) 532-4966. They are on the Internet at www.nparea.com.

Midwest Championship Fighting returns to North Platte on October 21 with “MCF14 – In Memoriam”. The mixed martial arts fights begin at 7 p.m. at the D&N Event Center at 501 E. Walker Road.

Title fights include: MCF PRO FEATHERWEIGHT TITLE – Chad Obie Obermiller v Ryan MacDonald II; MCF AMATEUR LIGHTWEIGHT TITLE – Carlos Trinidad v Taylor McKeeman; MCF FEMALE AMATEUR BANTAMWEIGHT TITLE – Selena Valdez-Montoya v Mercedes Timmerman.

Other bouts include: 150 PRO FIGHT FEATURING LOCAL PRO Anthony Cox; LOCAL AMATEUR FIGHTS FEATURING Evan Dekok Cody Kessler Morgan Miller and Helio Villegas.; WESTERN NEBRASKA FIGHTERS Brandon Fish Trout Jesse Ferebee Abraham Ramos Shawn Johnson Donald Tracy Brian Sanders; LINCOLN/OMAHA FIGHTERS Rex Littell Charlie Ray Ashton Caniglia Zeus Apollo Blair Blayne Richards James Jenkins Mike Fulkerson; COLORADO FIGHTERS Jesus Garcia Dale Shull John Decrescenzo Chip Avinger Isiah Torres; CANADIAN FIGHTER Desmond Johnson; IOWA FIGHTER Demian Papagni.

Weigh-ins will be October 20 at Pals Brewing Company.

In all, there will be 5 pro fights and 11 amateur rights. Tickets are available online at cagetix.com or by calling 308-534-2732. For more information on the upcoming fights, please ‘LIKE’ the Midwest Championship Fighting Facebook page.

Lisa Burke, director of the North Platte/Lincoln County Visitors Bureau received the Bruce Riley McDaniel Individual Professionalism & Lifetime Achievement Award at the Upper Midwest Convention and Visitors Bureau conference on Sept. 11. This award is presented each year to a professional in the tourism industry that has gone above and beyond in their work and careers.

Burke took over the Visitors Bureau in 2002 and immediately put the organization on a path that would lead to an increase of staff and lodging tax revenue that increased from $271,086 in 2002 to $951,284 in 2016.. Burke is also responsible for creating a promotion grant application process that awarded more than $862,000 in Promotion Fund grants, and an Improvement Fund grant program that has awarded $1.6 million for brick-and-mortar tourism projects.

“So much of what Lisa has led the Visitors Bureau to accomplish is behind the scenes, but no less vital to our community,” said Muriel Clark, assistant director of the North Platte/Lincoln County Visitors Bureau. “It has been a privilege to be a part of her team and work alongside her as she leads Lincoln County into becoming a destination for visitors, as well as a great place to live.”

Burke is no stranger to awards as she has already been presented with the Crystal Compass award for achievement by the Nebraska Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus in 2012 and was named the 2015 North Platte Woman of Achievement for Government.

In her acceptance remarks, Burke stressed the importance of partnership within the community, from those within and without the industry. “Partners, and our great staff and leadership from our Board, has made it possible for the Visitors Bureau to achieve the accomplishments recognized by this award.”

It is because of Burke’s desire to lead by example in marketing best practices that the Visitors Bureau became a Nebraska leader in social media marketing and was one of the first to create a website that went beyond a digital brochure. The Visitors Bureau went on to receive the 2014 Best Publication and Best Marketing Campaign award at the 2014 Nebraska Tourism Conference.

The Professionalism and Lifetime Achievement Award is voted on by peers in the tourism industry from the seven states represented by UMCVB, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota and Nebraska.

For more information on the Visitors Bureau, visit their website at visitnorthplatte.com or call them at 308-532-4729. They can also be found on Facebook with @VisitNorthPlatte, Twitter with @NorthPlatteNEBR, and Instagram with @visitnorthplatte.

The second annual North Platte Rail Days is scheduled for September 14 – 17, 2017. The Golden Spike Tower and Visitor Center took over the event in 2016 and with only a few short months of planning hosted an event that celebrated the railroad in North Platte and focused on community building. This year the focus is on once again attracting national and international visitors to North Platte.

The highlight of the event are the Saturday bus tours of Bailey Yard, and railfans responded with enthusiasm when the registration for the free tickets opened up online. To date, 681 tickets have been spoken for, with visitors making plans to come to North Platte from 30 states as well as Canada, Denmark, the UK and Germany. Of the 225 visitors registered from Nebraska, only 58 of those are from North Platte! This single day of nearly sold out bus tours of Bailey Yard is bringing more than 600 visitors to town!

For three full days, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, visitors will be able to enjoy the Golden Spike Tower, a model train show and tours of the railroad museum in Cody Park. However Saturday the fun really kicks into high gear. The day starts off with a fortifying all-you-can-eat pancake feed at the Lincoln County Historical Museum, then the fun begins at Cody Park with yard tour departures, the displays of railroad equipment and demonstrations by the skilled women of Union Pacific’s Bailey Yard, the UP Employee Family Day Picnic, NebraskaLand National Bank Lil’ Spike Kid Zone, free Cody Park Kiddie rides, North Platte Jaycees Bingo, networking in the UP Retirees tent, and Concessions and Vendors all day. The evening winds up with Movies in the Park showing “An American Tale” in Cody Park.

The fun doesn’t stop there! North Platte’s Roller Derby “Heartland Hellcats” hosts the fourth annual Railtown Rumble, facing off against visiting Central Kansas Roller Derby at the D & N Event Center, 501 E. Walker Road.

For Rodeo fans, the North Platte Community College Rodeo Team hosts the NIRA Great Plains Region College Rodeo at the Wild West Arena, 2400 N. Buffalo Bill Ave. Performances at 7:00pm on Friday and Saturday.

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.

Do You Believe in Ghost? Do you think Buffalo Bill Ranch is haunted?

Synergy investigated the place for two nights and now they want to share their evidence.They have audio recordings, video and photographs that they will share from their two nights of investigations. The evidence reveal will be taking place April 28th and 29th at 7 pm at Buffalo Bill Ranch. Viewing of the evidence is free to the Public.

Reservations are required! Click on the Eventbrite link to select your date and time.

Western Nebraska’s LARGEST outdoor craft shows, held in North Platte’s 100 acre Cody Park.

Over 100 booths full of Unique Arts,Crafts & Vendors!! Food, entertainment and FUN!!

Guardians of the Children Family Appreciation Day April 29 at North Platte’s D & N Event Center. Free Food; Cake Walk; Games; Fun Jumpz; Bike Giveaways; Ms Bzz Balloons

In our battle to end domestic violence and sexual assaults, we have heart, we have courage and we have the brains and now we just need you to help us raise the funds necessary for our programs at our Emerald City Gala!

Doors open at 6pm; Dinner served at 7pm.

Emerald Jewelry Prize Drawing
50/50 raffle
Dancing
Entertainment by Spinphony

Tickets are $60 each or 2 for $100
Sponsorship opportunities are also available – Learn more by calling the RDAP office – 532-0624.

2017 marks the 17th annual performance of North Platte’s Country Bluegrass Show. Thirteen top-notch Bluegrass headliners join local showcase bands for three days of non-stop music, April 27 – 29 at North Platte’s Lincoln County Fairgrounds.

This event provides the Bluegrass fan with the opportunity to get “up close and personal” with their favorite Bluegrass celebrities. After after the last concert of every evening, fans and performers head over to the kitchen for the “Eat & Greet”. Grab a piece of pie and coffee, visit with the entertainers and jam for a bit!

For more information about the Bluegrass Festival, visit them online.