you just might stumble on a festival

Special event celebrations abound through the county and surrounding area. Carnivals, car shows, polkas and popcorn are available in every town through the area. Certainly you can find an activity to interest you.


  • Ducks Unlimited Banquet (Ord)


  • Pheasants Forever Banquet (Ord)
  • Kids Fair (Ord): March 2014


  • Pitzer Horse Sale (Ericson): April 22014


  • Teammates Walk-A-Thon (Ord)
  • Disc Golf Iron Man Tournament (Ord)
  • Junior High School Rodeo (Ord): This annual event stampedes at the Valley County Fairgrounds. This is a qualifying event for the Nebraska Junior High School Rodeo Finals.


  • Central Nebraska Farm Safety 4 Just Kids Day (Ord)
  • Valley Rods Father’s Day Rod Run (Ord): June 14-15, 2014. Ord’s commemoration of Fathers Day has classic automobiles performing burnouts, a show ‘n shine and a large car show around the downtown square.


  • Ord Fireworks & Festivities (Ord): July 4, 2014
  • VCHS Foundation Golf Tournament (Ord): July 3, 2014
  • OHS Alumni Weekend (Ord): July 4-5, 2014


  • Valley County Fair (Ord): July 27-August 2, 2014. Enjoy the idea of a traditional county fair with the annual offering of 4H contests, a BBQ Cookoff, bull riding, a parade, auctions and more.
  • Loup Valley Livestock Challenge (Ord): August 16-17, 2014. County fair champions from across the Midwest compete for livestock showing top honors at the Valley County Fairgrounds.
  • North Loup Popcorn Days (North Loup): August 22-24, 2014. Crops of popcorn reach their peak in the late summer and North Loup recognizes it with a polka, parade, tractor pull, and, of course, all the free popcorn you can eat.


  • Arcadia Fall Festival (Arcadia): August 29-September 1, 2014. The town’s Fall festival showcases playhouse productions, kids races, demo derby, junior rodeo, and a parade.
  • Nebraska Junk Jaunt (Loup River Valley): September 26-28, 2013. A treasure hunter’s paradise, the annual Junk Jaunt features 300 miles of tag sales along the area byways.
  • VCHS Neon Moon Run (Ord): September 2014. Grab a friend, headlamps, glow and neon gear for this 10K, 5K and 1 mile walk/run event.


  • National Hall Craft Festival (rural Valley County). The ideal place to stock up on holiday gifts, the festival welcomes craft vendors, baked goods and lunch.
  • Elyria Pumpkin Festival (Elyria): October 5, 2014. Harvest season is a gorgeous time in the prairies and fields. Elyria recognizes this time with crafts, rides, games, lunch and that most traditional of Fall treats, pumpkin pie.


  • Loup Valley Ag Society’s Wine Tasting Event (Ord): November 23, 2014. Experience great Nebraska wine as well as other local products during this fundraiser for the Loup Valley Ag Society.
  • Candy Cane Craft Fair (Ord)
  • Winterfest (Ord): November 29, 2014. Celebrate the beginning of the Christmas season with an alumni basketball tournament, soup suppers, buggy rides and a parade featuring local businesses and the red-clad man himself, Santa.


  • Arcadia’s Christmas in the Village (Arcadia). Shopping, crafts, activities for kids, and of course, Santa!
  • Ord Christmas Celebration (Ord).  Great opportunities to support local businesses while finishing your holiday shopping.


For details on these, and other community events, visit the Community Calendar.


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