Cirque Italia at the Platte River Mall


ARE YOU READY North Platte, Nebraska? Cirque Italia is coming to Platte River Mall October 12-15 Special Offer 1 FREE Child ticket with EVERY regular price adult ticket purchased in level 2 or level 3. Use Promo code: FREE ——- GET YOUR TICKETS and $$Save NOW at cirqueitalia.com or call 941-704-8572
When: October 12-15
Where: 1000 South Dewey, North Platte, NE 69101
At: Platte River Mall
Located: AMC Classic North Platte 6
Under the grand, swirling White and Blue tent!
• October 12 THURS: 7:30pm
• October 13 FRI: 7:30pm
• October 14 SAT: 1:30pm, 4:30pm, 7:30pm
• October 15 SUN: 1:30pm, 4:30pm
Box office hours:
The box office opens on-site on Tuesday, the week of the show – 10am – 9pm


Join Buffalo Bill’s wife, Louisa, Buffalo Bill friends and family servants on a candlelight tour of the mansion as they share intriguing tales from the past.

For more information visit: OutdoorNebraska.org or call 308-535-8035

Dates: October 6, 7, 13 & 14.
Tours will be at 7:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m., 9:30 p.m., & 10:30 p.m.

Cost is $5 per person.

Tour sizes are limitied! Spots may be available day of tour, but are not gauranteed.

To guarantee your spot purchase your ticket today by calling 308-535-8035

The Autumn season goes into full swing this weekend as our local pumpkin patches open.

Camp Maranatha, 16800 East Maranatha Road in Maxwell, will host their Pumpkin Patch October 7, 14 and 21from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $8 per person, ages 4 and under free. Activities include Hay Bale Maze, Family Photo Station, Corn Box Play Area, Pumpkin Tic-Tac-Toe, Pumpkin Bowling, Pumpkin Decorating, Educational Discovery Stations, Apple Launching, Bobbing for Apples, 9-Square-in-the-Air, Gaga Ball, Bounce House, Outdoor Climbing Wall / Slide and Wagon Rides.

Festivities kick off at the Golden Spike Tower and Visitor Center Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch October 7 and continue every weekend in October. Activities include Corn Maze, Corn Pit, Petting Zoo, Fun Jumpz, Family Photo Ops, Crafts, Apple Slingshots, Pick-Your-Own Pumpkin Patch, Face Painting, Corn Castle, Hayrack Ride and a Corn Cannon!

The event runs every Saturday 11am – 5pm and Sunday 1pm – 5pm. The last ticket for the Corn Maze is sold at 4:15.

The St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Pumpkin Festival, 3301 Echo Drive, on October 8 from 11am to 3, features a Family Fun Day with Pony Rides, Games, Boutique, Cake Walk, Bake Sale, Silent Auction, Raffle, Multiple Food Booths, and Pumpkins!!


The ever-popular Haunted Driveway returns evenings from dusk until 10pm on weekdays and midnight on weekends October 1 through 31. Located at 3020 W. 6th (Enter on 6th, exit on Elder), the event is free, but donations are accepted for the Gift of Hope Cancer Foundation.

Nothing says “Nebraska” quite like images of our iconic windmills… unless, of course, it is a windmill with a backdrop of our beautiful sunrises and sunsets. Local photographer Boni Edwards shares her love of all things Nebraska.

Are you enamored with the new DIY and shabby chic home decor and furnishings craze? If so, you can find everything you need in the North Platte area.
The “mother of all” antique destinations is Grain Bin Antique Town, located in the beautiful canyons just south of North Platte.

Farther afield, in the neighboring community of Sutherland, you’ll find Allsorts, with more than 1200 square feet of antique and refurbished home decor and furnishings.

Deja Vu Treasures is perfect to bring to life those ideas you’ve gotten at Hobby Lobby just across the street.

Red Roof Antiques is in historic downtown North Platte and features many vendors under one roof.

On East 4th Street, you’ll find Grandma’s Memories, where you’re also sure to find just the perfect treasure you’re looking for.

You’ll find even more ideas and treasures at The Enamel Duckling Collectibles and Gifts inside Prairie Friends and Flowers.

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.