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)
  • Valley County Health System Foundation Gala (Ord): January 12, 2013


  • Pheasants Forever Banquet (Ord)
  • Kids Fair (Ord): March 16, 2013


  • Pitzer Horse Sale (Ericson): April 27, 2013


  • Teammates Walk-A-Thon: May 3, 2013
  • Disc Golf Iron Man Tournament: May 11, 2013


  • Central Nebraska Farm Safety 4 Just Kids Day (Ord): June 4, 2013
  • Valley Rods Father’s Day Rod Run (Ord): June 15-16, 2013. Ord’s commemoration of Fathers Day has classic automobiles performing burnouts and a show ‘n shine.


  • Ord Fireworks & Festivities (Ord): July 4, 2013
  • VCHS Foundation Golf Tournament (Ord): July 5, 2013
  • Alumni Weekend (Ord): July 5-7, 2013


  • Valley County Fair (Ord): July 28-August 3, 2013. Enjoy the idea of a traditional county fair with the annual offering of 4H contests, a BBQ, bull riding, a parade, auctions and more.
  • Loup Valley Livestock Challenge (Ord): August 17-18, 2013
  • North Loup Popcorn Days (North Loup): August 23-25, 2013. 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 31-September 2, 2013. The town’s Fall festival showcases playhouse productions, kids races, demo derby, junior rodeo, and a parade.
  • Nebraska Junk Jaunt (Loup River Valley): September 27-29, 2013. A treasure hunter’s paradise, the annual Junk Jaunt features 300 miles of tag sales along the area byways.


  • National Hall Craft Festival (Ord). The ideal place to stock up on holiday gifts, the festival welcomes craft vendors, baked goods and lunch.
  • Elyria Pumpkin Festival (Elyria): October 6, 2013. 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
  • Winterfest (Ord): November 30, 2013. 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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