Josh Abbott Band at the Lincoln County Fair

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It’s The Josh Abbott Band at the Lincoln County Fair, Jul 26, 2014 6:00pm – 11:30pm

The Josh Abbott Band will headline this year’s concert at the 2014 Lincoln County Fair, taking place on Saturday, July 26, with doors opening at 6 p.m. The event will also feature regional favorites The Dylan Bloom Band and new artists Wrong Way Jack.

The Lincoln County Fairgrounds are located at 5015 W. Highway 30, North Platte, Nebraska.

flga lineSince the 2015 Florida-Georgia Line show was announced at the conclusion of the 2014 NEBRASKAland DAYS Celebration, the most asked question has been when tickets would go on sale. The answer is this week.

The first round of ticketing begins on Wednesday, July 23rd for Florida-Georgia Line Fan Club members. NEBRASKAland DAYS Sustaining Members will go next on Thursday and Friday the 24th and 25th, followed by Public sale on Monday, July 28th.

“We’re just a few weeks past 2014, but the excitement is already building for this show,” says NLD Executive Director David Fudge. “We see it on our social media pages, we hear it on the street and on the phone. People are cranked up to see this show.”

Prices remain in check for 2015, with top level access at $99, GA and seating will sell for $59. The major change is that FGL will close the Celebration on Saturday, June 27th. “We’re thrilled to have them in town for the final night. In the past our bigger show has been Friday. It just worked out that its Saturday next year,” says Fudge.

Eric Stearns  RakuEric was born and raised on a ranch near North Platte, NE receiving his B.A.with Professional Emphasis from Doane College in Crete, NE and a Masters of Fine Arts at Fort Hays State University. He is currently teaching art at Doane College.

His role as a classroom leader includes developing curriculum and lessons that develop creative thinking, problem solving, skill sets, and critical evaluation of quality and learning experience.

Eric Stearns ceramics

Eric will be demonstrating numerous and varied ceramic skills on the potters wheel along with his unique method of mathematically piercing the exterior form to create an interest to the interior. This gives an ever changing relationship between light and dark, solid and permeable, smooth and rough to the viewers gaze and sense of touch.

Where: Prairie Arts Center – 5th and Jeffers – North Platte, NE
When: Thursday, July 24, 2014 5:00 to 9:00 PM

Everyone is invited – no admission fee. – sponsored by Creativity Unlimited Arts Council.

hairball

It’s HAIRBALL at UnReel Events, 4684 West Highway 30, North Platte, Nebraska.

A Bombastic Celebration Of Arena Rock! Come Out For A Rock & Roll Experience You Won’t Ever Forget!

Watch The Stage Become An Entirely New Rock Concert Before Your Eyes, Performing Some Of The Biggest Arena Acts In The World! Including Van Halen, KISS, Motley Crue, Queen, Journey, Prince, Aerosmith, & More!

July 19th, 2014

Gates Open At 7 P.m.

Music Starts At 8 P.m.

Advanced Tickets $15.00

Gate Tickets $20.00

summer nationals

Lincoln County Summer Nationals at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds, 5015 W. Highway 30, in North Platte, Nebraska on Wednesday, July 23.

Pits open at 4pm. Gates open at 5pm. Races start at 7pm.

Adult Admission $12; Children 6-12 $5; 5 & under FREE! Pit passes $30.

No Registration Fees!

IMCA SportMods – $700 to win, $90 to start!

IMCA Stock Cars – $700 to win, $90 to start!

IMCA Hobby Stocks – $400 to win, $90 to start!

National, regional and state points awarded. IMCA rules apply and enforced.

For mor information contact Tom Hansen, 308-963-4460 or the Fairgrounds office at 308-534-8191.

2014 Flyer

Movies in the Park return tonight, July 5 at dusk in the Cody Park ballfields. The event is free to the public – bring your own lawnchairs, blankets, sweaters, bug spray and even snacks if you would like!
The movie is Frozen, sponsored by Pro Printing.

The other movies throughout the summer are: August 1 – Despicable Me 2, sponsored by Jay Engel, Farm Bureau Financial Services; September 5 – Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, sponsored by Sandhills Pediatric Dentistry.

Big Red ExpressUnion Pacific Railroad will operate a special passenger train from Omaha to North Platte, Nebraska, with whistle stops in Columbus, Grand Island and Kearney, on Saturday, June 28, to celebrate the historical connection between the railroad and University of Nebraska-Lincoln with Nebraska communities. Husker coaches, along with other UNL representatives, will be on board to participate in this special Big Red Express tour.

“We are proud to support the University of Nebraska by operating our historic Heritage passenger equipment for the Big Red Express from Omaha — home of our headquarters — to North Platte — home of the world’s largest classification rail yard. The Express demonstrates our pride and commitment to communities across the state of Nebraska where 8,000 of our employees live and work every day,” said Donna Kush, Union Pacific’s vice president – Public Affairs, Northern Region.

Whistle-stop tours were popular in the 19th century when long distance travel by passenger train was the norm. At each stop, speeches would be given from the train.

“Historically, a whistle-stop tour brought Presidents to cities where they could communicate directly with the people they served,” said Nebraska’s Associate Athletic Director Paul Meyers. “That’s exactly what we’re doing, meeting people and thanking them for all the support they’ve shown to University of Nebraska Athletics, year after year and decade after decade. We thought it was a great idea to ride Union Pacific’s tradition to help support our own.”

During the whistle stops of the Big Red Express, there will be a few short speeches, a proclamation presented to each city, and coaches representing various Husker varsity sports will mingle throughout the crowd thanking the fans that support UNL athletic programs.

University of Nebraska coaches planning to take part in the Big Red Express tour include: Chuck Chmelka (men’s gymnastics); Darin Erstad (baseball); David Harris (cross country); Scott Jacobson (women’s tennis); Dan Kendig (women’s gymnastics); Robin Krapfl (women’s golf); Kerry McDermott (men’s tennis); Tim Miles (men’s basketball); Pablo Morales (women’s swimming); Bo Pelini (football); Gary Pepin (track & field); Rhonda Revelle (softball); Bill Spangler (men’s golf); Bill Straub (bowling); John Walker (women’s soccer) and Connie Yori (women’s basketball).

Other University of Nebraska representatives scheduled to ride the Big Red Express include: Brian Hastings, President and Chief Executive Officer of the University of Nebraska Foundation; Donde Plowman, Dean of the College of Business Administration; Diane Mendenhall, Executive Director of the Nebraska Alumni Association; Prem Paul, Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development; Michelle Waite, Assistant to the Chancellor for Community Relations; Tim Wei, Dean of the College of Engineering and Ellen Weissinger, Senior Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs.

About Union Pacific

Union Pacific Railroad is the principal operating company of Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE: UNP). One of America’s most recognized companies, Union Pacific Railroad connects 23 states in the western two-thirds of the country by rail, providing a critical link in the global supply chain. From 2004-2013, Union Pacific invested approximately $30 billion in its network and operations to support America’s transportation infrastructure. The railroad’s diversified business mix includes Agricultural Products, Automotive, Chemicals, Coal, Industrial Products and Intermodal. Union Pacific serves many of the fastest-growing U.S. population centers, operates from all major West Coast and Gulf Coast ports to eastern gateways, connects with Canada’s rail systems and is the only railroad serving all six major Mexico gateways. Union Pacific provides value to its roughly 10,000 customers by delivering products in a safe, reliable, fuel-efficient and environmentally responsible manner.

About University of Nebraska

University of Nebraska has built a national reputation as a leading research institution supporting an Athletics program that provides elite educational and athletic opportunities to more than 600 student-athletes. A member of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious athletic conference — The Big Ten, the Nebraska Cornhuskers (Huskers) compete at the highest level in Division I across 24 varsity sports.

Quirt Hunt bullfighter Buffalo Bill RodeoHershey man balances rodeo, ranching, family

Quirt Hunt has carved out his niche in the world, doing what he loves, making a living at it, and supporting his family.

The Hershey, Neb. man is a bullfighter – one of two men at a rodeo who wear the clown makeup but have a serious mission: protect the bull rider after the buzzer sounds, so the rider doesn’t get mowed down by the bull, and can go on to compete at the next rodeo.

It’s a fun job, a dangerous job, and one that requires some dedication. It’s not a huge money-maker, but Quirt has diversified with his second passion: horses and ranching – to provide for his family.

As a youngster growing up in Custer County on the family ranch, he dreamed of rodeo but his dad never encouraged it. “We worked. We didn’t rodeo. We went and watched in Burwell (at Nebraska’s Big Rodeo) and that’s as close as I got.” His dad and granddad had work to do: rodeo was secondary. His dad’s thinking was: if Quirt wants it bad enough, he’ll do it. “If you want it bad enough, you’ll find a way to do it. He didn’t do it that way because he hated it or didn’t love me, but he said, if you want something bad enough in life, you’ll work hard to get there.”

He competed in high school rodeo his senior year, riding barebacks and bulls, but it was the bullfighting that compelled him. He rode bulls in the amateur ranks for a few years, but “I would only find myself wanting to get jobs fighting bulls rather than riding bulls. I decided I wasn’t going to do them both, so I stuck with one.”

After that, Quirt had the chance to do something that was instrumental in his rodeo and ranching career. “The greatest thing I did was work high school rodeos,” he said. He fought bulls at about sixteen Nebraska high school rodeos a year, building relationships and getting to know people. “I got to know all the parents, from the timed event parents to the roughstock parents. I knew all those kids growing up, (two time world champion steer wrestler) Dean Gorsuch is my age, I watched (six-time National Finals Rodeo qualifying bareback rider) Steven Dent’s career. It’s cool. The relationships you make.” And as he met more people, he found work during the week, between rodeos. “I got a lot of jobs when I wasn’t fighting bulls. In the fall (rodeo) would slow down, and I’d ride colts, do fall (ranch) work. I stayed real busy.”

In 2003, he got his Pro Rodeo Cowboys Hall of Fame card, and his PBR membership. Being single, rodeo was his life. He traveled across the nation and was gone all summer and part of the winter, working big rodeos like North Platte, Burwell, Austin, Texas, Tucson, Ariz., Salt Lake City, Colorado Springs, Denver, Prescott, Ariz., and the little ones, too: Idaho Falls, Idaho, Tonganoxie, Kan., Northfield, Minn., Oneida, S.D.

He fought bulls at the PBR World Cup in Mexico and Brazil, and worked the PRCA Tour Finale in Omaha three times.

There wasn’t much down time between rodeos, but when there was, he started colts for people, including steer wrestling champion Frank Thompson, and Hall of Fame rodeo announcer Hadley Barrett, who ranched in North Platte.

And he dreamed of ranching.

When some grass came up for lease northwest of Hershey, he took it. He got married, and ranch work picked up. He and his wife Amber run cattle on leased grass, he builds a little fence (“I don’t like that to get out,” he joked), and he makes horses for his kids. Daughters Raylynn, six, and Racquel, four, love being on horseback, and Raylynn is junior rodeoing. She does well at horseback riding. “She’s a good hand for no older than she is,” Quirt said. “She sits a horse naturally.” Raylynn has won the all-around title at a couple of junior rodeos, and she loves to go to brandings. Quirt takes pride in the horses he makes for his daughters. “I put a lot of time in on my horses. Most of the horses I have, the kids can ride and get along good with them.”

It’s harder to be on the rodeo trail now. He works as many rodeos as he used to, but isn’t gone for long stretches of time, as he was in the past. “Now that I have two kids and I’m married, my priorities are different. I still try to go (on the road) as much as I can. I’d be gone every weekend if I could, but it’s hard to be gone for a month and a half and never come home.”

His closest rodeo is the Buffalo Bill Rodeo in North Platte next month. It’s his third year to fight bulls in North Platte, and he’s grateful to North Platte and to his fellow Nebraskans. “I’m pretty thankful for Nebraska. They’ve supported me. There’s a lot of people in this state who have supported me, whether it was with a job or encouragement.”

When he started in rodeo, Quirt knew his career wasn’t guaranteed. There are a lot of bullfighters who don’t last long, who don’t get hired for the big shows. “I always knew, deep down inside, that not everybody makes it to the top. So you have to have something going all the time. I don’t have any complaints. Trying to find the right balance in everything, that’s my biggest problem.”

And rodeo has been good to him. “I wanted to rodeo my whole life. I love every part of it. Everybody can make a living doing something, but the relationships and the friends, bonding with people, has been the best.”

The Buffalo Bill Rodeo is June 18-21 at the Wild West Arena in North Platte. It begins at 8 pm each night. Tickets are available online at NebraskalandDAys.com, at the NebraskalandDays office (509 East 4th Street in North Platte), and at the gate. Tickets range in price from $7 to $20. For more information, visit the website or call the NebraskalandDays office at 308.532.7939.

Dusty hbrTrail Rides will be a new addition to Buffalo Bill Ranch State Historical Park and State Recreational Area.

The rides, provided by Dusty Trails LLC, will be hour-long rides through the State Recreational Area and will travel along the scenic North Platte River. Rides will start June 21, which is the first Saturday of the NEBRASKAland DAYS celebration and will continue until the Historical Park closes for the winter months in mid-October.

Regular hours will be Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 to 6:00 p.m. or by appointment during the week. Cost is $15 per rider or $20 per horse per hour by appointment.

Trail rides will begin every hour. There will also be short rides in the round pen for youngsters or to help people get familiar with the horses. A petting zoo will also be offered for the enjoyment of all.

Dusty TankingDusty will also be outfitting river trips from the Buffalo Bill State Recreation Area to North Platte’s Cody Park on the North Platte river. The trip will take approximately an hour.

For more information about the trail rides contact Dusty Barner of Dusty Trails LLC at 308-530-0048 or the Ranch office at 308-535-8035. You can also find more information on the Dusty Trails Facebook page.

farmers marketThe North Platte Farmer’s Market has found a home in downtown North Platte, opening for the first time this season on this Saturday, June 14th. The Farmer’s Market will be open each Saturday beginning this Saturday through October, as produce and weather permits. Starting July 8th running through September the Farmer’s Market will also be open on Tuesday evenings in their new permanent home, located in the parking lot, west of Alco.

As the season progresses, as will the abundance of produce, baked goods, home made crafts and more! Anyone wishing to participate in the Farmer’s Market may contact Cathy Grauerholz (308)386-6214 to request a booth space. Rules & regulations can be found online at northplattefarmersmarket.com. All items must be home grown or home made to participate.

“Special Saturdays” are also being announced for this year’s annual Farmer’s Market. July 5th will be Kids Day with activities teaching our youth where their food comes from , ways to prepare produce and other fun activities. August 2nd will be the anniversary celebration of our North Platte Farmer’s Market, with special booths and activities. September 6th will feature breakfast goodies, including by not limited to a pancake feed to benefit CASA.

It will be a fun filled summer at the Farmer’s Market and it starts this Saturday!!