Remembering the 1979 Total Solar Eclipse – and looking forward to 2017!

And that’s the way it is, Monday February 26, 1979… the last time a total solar eclipse touched the U.S.A. Watch Walter Cronkite’s reporting of this incredible historical event – and remember just how far away 2017 seemed back in 1979! North Platte is vying to become a world destination for the eclipse of 21 August, 2017!


Excerpts from a LIVE ABC News Special Report that aired at 11:00-11:29 a.m. EST on Monday, Feb. 26, 1979 as the last total solar eclipse for North America until August 21, 2017 swept across the Pacific Northwest.



To find out more about what North Platte and west central Nebraska are planning for the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse, visit our 2017 Total Solar Eclipse web page, or like our Facebook Page. Then make plans to spend your Eclipse adventure with us in one of the premier viewing locations in the world.

Feedin SheepDisciple – Seventh Day Slumber – Decyfer Down – Nine Lashes

Sunday, March 8 at 7:00 p.m. At the North Platte Community Playhouse, 301 East 5th. Tickets available at www.iTickets.com or Bible Supplies in North Platte – 800-653-2304 (Credit Cards Welcome).

Advance – $15
Groups (5+) – $10
At the door – $20

Brought to you by North Platte’s Feedin’ Sheep Ministries.

Home Sweet Home
The North Platte Homebuilders Association hosts the 2015 Home Sweet Home Show February 21 – 22 at the Quality Inn and Suites / Sandhills Convention Center, 2102 S. Jeffers.

The Home Sweet Home Show is a world-class home show held every year in February. A wide variety of exhibitors will be available to show off their great ideas and products to the community. Those who attend can find everything for their home projects and remodeling endeavors.

New this year is the children’s Building Brick Contest, inspiring children’s imaginations to build the future.

2015 Home Sweet Home Show


February 21st
1:00 pm – 1:45 pm Age (6-9) Group 1
2:00 pm – 2:45 pm Age (6-9) Group 2
3:00 pm – 3:45 pm Age (6-9) Group 3
4:00 pm Awards/Prizes


February 22nd
11:00 am – 11:45 am Age (10-12) Group 1
12:00 pm – 12:45 pm Age (10-12) Group 2
1:00 pm – 1:45 pm Age (10-12) Group 3
2:00 pm Awards/Prizes

Please Register by February 14th, 2015 (12:00 pm central time).

More information can be found on the Building Brick Contest website.

Buffalo Bill Cody would be 169 years old on February 26, 2015 and to celebrate the old gentleman’s birth, the NEBRASKAland DAYS Foundation is planning a spectacular birthday bash on Saturday, February 28 at North Platte’s Quality Inn and Suites / Sandhills Convention Center.

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The theme is “Anything Goes” – feel free to dress in your best western duds or recreate some of the popular themes from years past – Toga Party, Urban Coowboy, Mardi Gras, Pajama Party – just to name a few!

Tickets to the BASH are now available at the NEBRASKAland DAYS website.

A couple of things to know before you buy.

The format has been altered slightly this year.

The NEBRASKAland DAYS Foundation will hold a reception beginning at 7 pm in a separate area of the Quality Inn. There will be a couple of special presentations and the live auction. The Bash will be held in the main ballroom at the Quality Inn, with doors opening at 8pm.

If you want to come to both events, buy the combo, which includes everything you normally receive for $50. If you just want to attend the Bash, you can buy a bash only ticket, which does not include the 2 drink tickets that we used to hand out (thus the price is $10 lower at $40!). Hospitality booths open at 9.

You may also purchase only a Foundation Reception ticket for $10. This ticket does NOT include admission to the party with Tim Zach & The Whiskey Bent Band. Questions? Call the NLD office at 308-532-7939

Puttin Around North PlattePuttin’ Around North Platte 2015 has gone back to the 80’s!

Puttin’ Around North Platte is a putt putt bar crawl where golfers will play a putt putt golf hole at each bar. Teams will consist of 4 golfers and a designiated driver to make a 5 person team. For the full list of rules please visit the Puttin’ Around North Platte Facebook Page.

You are encouraged to come dressed in your best 80’s outfit, prizes will be awarded for the best hair, best costume, and more.

All participants must be 21 or older with proper identification.

Registration must be recived by Feburary 13th to be guarenteed a T-shirt on the day of the event.

Registration is limited to the first 50 paid teams.

Puttin Registration

Visit North Platte, our North Platte tourism partners and the Nebraska Tourism Commission have seen great success in the various travel writer press trips we have partnered in hosting, as can be seen in these great articles.

Canada’s oldest Camping Magazine features three iconic North Platte attractions in the Spring 2014 issue. The Golden Spike Tower and Union Pacific Railroad’s Bailey Yard, the Buffalo Bill Ranch State Historical Park and the heartwarming story of the North Platte Canteen.

In the summer of 2014, motorcyclist travel writer and blogger Diana Rowe road tripped through western Nebraska. What better way to experience Nebraska’s wide open spaces than by motorcycle? Join her as she travels Nebraska’s byways and visits such sites as the historic Lincoln Highway, Fort McPherson National Cemetery, and the beautiful Nebraska Sandhills

Crowns & Gowns
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Welcome to the biggest prom event in the Midwest! Hirschfeld’s Prom Shoppe is bringing you over 1000 NEW PROM DRESSES from over 30 of the hottest designers! This is the ultimate prom shopping experience. Plus this year we are adding a high intensity, hugely amazing fashion show on Saturday night! The fashion show will feature participants in the Miss Nebraska Organization, other special guest, and a live performance by Miss Nebraska 2014, Megan Swanson!

This mega prom dress event from Hirschfeld’s Prom Shoppe will be even bigger and better than last year! We have tripled in space and almost doubled the number of dresses for our big weekend. We will also have over 20 DRESSING ROOMS – making your experience even better. We will also have over 100 dresses under $100, sizes 00-28 and every style imaginable, so no matter the look or price you want – we have it. With our dedicated and experienced staff of wonderful girls, we are here to truly make this your most memorable shopping trip.

This is a don’t miss weekend so plan now!! Saturday shopping opens at 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. The doors then close as we prepare for the fashion show, and we will reopen at 7:30 p.m. with the show starting at 8. Then, Sunday the shopping continues from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. The Miss Nebraska Organization will also be hosting an amazing line up of pageant workshops and more all weekend long! For more invormation, visit the Crowns and Gowns website.

Super Bride Sunday

It’s Super Bride Sunday at the Quality Inn and Suites / Sandhills Convention Center. January 25, 12:00pm – 4:00pm. The Fashion Show begins at 3:00pm.

Vendors from across the state and area will be showcasing bridal fashions and wedding goods, perfect for any wedding. Register for a Honeymoon Cruise Give-away as well as other door prizes. Some restrictions may apply.

Free admission!

Spamalot LogoThe North Platte Community Playhouse will present Monty Python’s hit show SPAMALOT Feb. 6-8 and 13-15.

It will be a treat for the eyes, the ears, and funny bone.

Directed by Anne Schmit and with music by Donna Pucket, The show stars Jim Shreck as King Arthur, Scott Carlson as Galahad, Mark Cullinan as Lancelot, Tom Clements as Robin, Thomas Bartling as Bedevere, Butch Lehmkuler as Patsy, and Elizabeth Peters as the Lady of the Lake. Appearing as Laker Girls, French Taunters, Dead People, Fish Shlappers, horses, dancers, Tim the Enchanter, etc. are Jen Clements, Will Knox, Justin Morgan, Philip Ryan, Corey Scott, Florence Gonzales-Todd, Katy Walker, Seth Vapenik, Traci Sawyer, Amariah Gesinski, Sue McKain, Susan Williams, Craig Cullinan, Ty Waits, Sam Fornander, Ben Bartholomew, Ashley Aloi, Chantel Burch, Misty McClain, and Darien Myers. Working on crews they have Bryan Solko, Muffy Morris. Jean Culey, and Martha Orcutt.

Members of the NPCP Board of Directors give a sneak peek of the amazing costumes that will be featured in the upcoming production of Monty Python’s Spamalot.  Pictured: (Back row from left) Wayne Pressnall, Todd Turner, Bea Webster, Sara Morris, Daniel Harder, Rajean Shepherd.  (Front Row) Lou Cox-Fornander.

Members of the NPCP Board of Directors give a sneak peek of the amazing costumes that will be featured in the upcoming production of Monty Python’s Spamalot. Pictured: (Back row from left) Wayne Pressnall, Todd Turner, Bea Webster, Sara Morris, Daniel Harder, Rajean Shepherd. (Front Row) Lou Cox-Fornander.

The original 2005 Broadway production, directed by Mike Nichols, won three Tony Awards, including the Tony Award for Best Musical of the 2004–2005 season and received 14 Tony Award nominations.

Tickets sales for the production begin Monday, February 2. Tickets can be purchased at the NPCP Box Office, Monday-Friday Noon-5:00 p.m., online at www.northplattecommunityplayhouse.com or at the door prior to any performance. Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for students. Special pricing is available for groups of 10 or more.

Friday and Saturday performances begin at 8:00 p.m., with Sunday matinees beginning at 2:00 p.m.

This production is made possible, in part, by the support of the Nebraska Arts Council and Nebraska Cultural Endowment of the Arts.

If you’ve got family in town for the holidays and you’d like to get out of the house for a while to enjoy some great local scenery, a good suggestion might be viewing some of our most magnificent winter visitors – Bald Eagles.



Lincoln County boasts a large number of winter visitors, as many Bald Eagles choose the central flyway for waterfowl migration as their preferred overwintering home. North Platte’s Cody Park is a convenient and comfortable place to watch these magnificent birds during their winter sojourn. A drive along the Platte River between North Platte and Sutherland will also provide the opportunity to see many Bald Eagles.

Perhaps the best viewing of all is at the Sutherland Reservoir. On the east, there’s the Outlet and Hershey Beach, where the cooling pond from the Nebraska Public Power District’s Gerald Gentleman Power Plant is open water all year long and fish and waterfowl provide a constant food supply for the Eagles. On the north is Hole in the Wall, Omaha Beach and the Sutherland Oregon Trail Golf Course. A drive along the road within the wall will put you in close proximity to many Eagles. On the west is the Inlet with more opportunities to view the overwintering Eagles. Find more information on area birding opportunities HERE.