you just might stumble on a festival

Special event celebrations abound through the county and surrounding area. Carnivals, car shows, polkas and popcorn bring Valley County to life throughout the year. You will certainly find an activity that interests you. Visit the online community calendar for details about these and other events.


  • Ord/Elyria Ducks Unlimited Banquet (Elyria)


  • Valley County Home & Ag Expo (Ord): Explore all that Valley County has to offer in the home, garden and agricultural industries. Admission is free.


  • Pheasants Forever Banquet (Ord)


  • Kids Fair (Ord): A morning filled with activities and education for young children and their families.


  • TeamMates Walk-A-Thon (Ord)
  • Junior High School Rodeo (Ord): This annual event stampedes at the Valley County Fairgrounds and serves as 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): 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)
  • VCHS Foundation Golf Tournament (Ord)
  • Ord High School Alumni Weekend (Ord)


  • Valley County Fair (Ord): 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): County fair champions from across the Midwest compete for livestock showing top honors at the Valley County Fairgrounds.
  • North Loup Popcorn Days (North Loup): 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): The town’s Fall festival showcases playhouse productions, kids races, demo derby, junior rodeo, and a parade.
  • Nebraska Junk Jaunt (Loup River Valley): A treasure hunter’s paradise, the annual Junk Jaunt features 300 miles of tag sales along the area byways.
  • VCHS Neon Moon Run (Ord): Grab a friend, headlamps, glow sticks 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): 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): 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 & Small Business Saturday (Ord): Celebrate the beginning of the Christmas season with numerous family activities including a Snowball Drop, soup suppers, horse and carriage 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!

For details on these and other events, visit the ONLINE COMMUNITY CALENDAR.


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