Western Nebraska Pioneers Independence League


The Great Plains will be flourishing with baseball in 2022 as Independence League Baseball joins the summer collegiate baseball scene.

Seven existing teams within the summer collegiate baseball landscape will form the inaugural group of teams; Badlands Big Sticks (Dickinson, ND), Canyon County Spuds (Caldwell, ID), Casper Horseheads (Casper, WY), Fremont Moo (Fremont, NE), Hastings Sodbusters (Hastings, NE), Spearfish Sasquatch (Spearfish, SD) & Western Nebraska Pioneers (Gering, NE). These seven teams have been recently joined by the North Platte Plainsmen (North Platte, NE) and the Gem City Bison (Laramie, WY), to bring the total to nine teams for the inaugural 2022 season. Additionally, the Nebraska Prospects (Omaha, NE) will join the league as an unaffiliated, travel only team to help balance the schedule for the 2022 season.

These teams are dedicated to their respective communities and vow to work cooperatively, aiming to provide the very best experience for fans, players, coaches and staffs. Each organization will be operated professionally and with integrity, promising to keep the fan and player experience at the top of mind all day, every day.

Independence League Baseball is actively recruiting and vetting additional teams, venues and operators for the 2022 season and beyond. Announcements on these and more will be shared as commitments are finalized.

The 2022 Independence League Baseball regular season will run May 24th through July 30th, followed by a week of playoffs to crown the Inaugural Season Champion. For information on Independence League Baseball visit https://independenceleague.com.

Summit to Summit Run Walk Shuttle


Summit to Summit is a 7.2-mile Run/Walk/Shuttle that starts on the Summit Christian College (SCC) campus in Gering, Neb., follows a paved pathway west to the Scotts Bluff National Monument Visitor’s Center, ascends the bluff via Summit Road, and then returns via the same route.

The course is beautiful, tough, and well-organized to create a race experience unlike any other!

Date: May, see Website for exact date.

Robidoux Rendezvous

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June 24-26, 2022

Robidoux Rendezvous began in 2016 as a way to showcase the unsung gravel terrain that flows through the Wildcat Hills of Scotts Bluff County. Shortly after the formation of the Western Nebraska Bicycle Club, the crew began work on a local gravel event. The idea to raise awareness of the cycling opportunities in the area was at the forefront and the Robidoux Rendezvous was born in the heart of Oregon Trail Country.

Courses are all designed to showcase the great cycling terrain and undeniable history available at one of the most famous points along the Oregon Trail.

Rock and Roll Father’s Day Classic


Biggest Car Show in Western Nebraska held annually in conjunction with the city of Gering’s Five Rocks Amphitheater Located ½ mile South of the intersection of Highways 71 & 92 in Gering Nebraska. The weekend begins Friday when car owners will park their rides at the Gering Civic Center parking lot from 4 to 6:30 p.m. The public is invited to view the cars at the center, this event is free to the public, but no strollers or dogs are allowed. The event will host more than 200 cars, a lot of them coming from Wyoming, Colorado, South Dakota and Eastern Nebraska. The car show is free and open to the public at Five Rocks Amphitheater.

  • Friday – Entrants BBQ and Cruise for Cash – Ice Cream Social at the Gering Civic Center Parking Lot.
  • Saturday – Parade 9:00 Downtown Main Street Gering traveling south heading out to Five Rocks Amphitheater.
  • Saturday – Show and Shine 10-4 Five Rocks Amphitheater / Gering – Vendors booths on sight including lunch.
  • Saturday Evening – Entrants Awards Banquet / Slide Show – Gering Civic Center.

Date: June, Father’s Day weekend every year.

Oregon Trail Days


Nebraska’s oldest celebration, 2nd Week in July, a four-day event welcomes visitors to experience the history of the Oregon Trail in a truly western event with parades, concerts, street dances, food fairs and art shows. Featured highlights include the Chili Cook-Off, Oregon Trail Art Show and Grand Parade.

Date: 2nd Week in July – Thursday thru Sunday, see Website for exact date.

High Plains Riot

A one of a kind gathering of motorcycles, rat rods, hot rods and customs that represent the blue collar working stiffs, Located in Scottsbluff, Nebraska.

This year’s show will be at the Weborg 21 Centre. The dates are August 19th, 20th and 21st. There will be an informal gathering Friday evening for those coming in from out of town and locals that want to maybe do some cruising. Saturday is the show and also a poker run or cruise in the afternoon. That night there will be an awesome concert with great social time. Sunday morning we will grab some grub and have our awards ceremony and final goodbyes.

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Date: August, see Website for exact date.

Old West Balloon Fest

Old West Balloon Fest and National Championship Competition and Mass Ascension August 9th – August 13th, 2022. Hot air balloons from different states as far away as Kentucky will fill the Western Nebraska skies. This will be an action packed weekend with entertainment, great food, and activities. There will be something for the whole family to enjoy.

Tuesday, August 9 through Saturday, August 14 – US National Hot Air Balloon Championship competition – Public viewing target location will be announced on KNEB at 6:00 a.m. each morning.

Wednesday, August 10 – WNCC hosts the Student Welcome Back Night Glow – Public Welcome 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Location – Western Nebraska Community College, Scottsbluff, NE

Friday, August 12 – Platte Valley Companies presents Old West Balloon Fest sunrise launch and US National Hot Air Balloon Competition begins at 6:15 a.m. gates open at 5:30 a.m. Location – Mitchell Airfield, on South Mitchell Road, Mitchell, NE. NEW special shapes will be revealed this year, tethered rides for children. NEW food and merchandise vendors on the field each morning. EVENT pass is required to enter the field.

Saturday, August 13 – Platte Valley Companies presents Old West Balloon Fest sunrise launch and US National Hot Air Balloon competition begins at 6:15 a.m. gates open at 5:30 a.m. Location – Mitchell Airfield, on South Mitchell Road, Mitchell, NE. NEW special shapes will be revealed this year and tethered rides for children will be offered. NEW food and merchandise vendors on the field each morning. EVENT pass is required to enter the field.

Saturday, August 13 – Craft Fair, Weiner dog races, and Corn Hole Tournament from 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Location – Center Ave, Mitchell, NE. Enjoy browsing over 60 vendors participating in the Old West Balloon Fest Craft Fair. Weiner dog races take place in the park at the south end of Center Ave at 11:00 a.m.. The Corn Hole Tournament takes place in front of Redz Bar beginning at 10:00 a.m.

Saturday August 13 – KNEB Night Glow at Five Rocks Amphitheater. Gates open at 5:00 p.m. We will have tethered rides, food trucks, beer garden, music, and over 70 hot air balloons will glow at dusk. Location – The Grasslands at Five Rocks Amphitheater in Gering, NE. EVENT pass is required to enter the field.

See the official website listed below for more details and to purchase your event pass.

For more information on becoming an event sponsor or vendor, Contact Colleen Johnson (308) 225-0128.

Date: August 9-13, 2022 – Website for exact dates and activities at theoldwestballoonfest.com

Scotts Bluff County Fair


First part of August – Our Mission is to economically develop, maintain and manage the fairground facilities for the benefit of the public which are safe, convenient and provide diverse educational recreational opportunities in an attractive environment. Further, it is our mission and responsibility to produce and manage an annual county fair for the benefit and enjoyment of the citizens and to promote the achievements of young people engaged in 4-H and FFA activities.

Date: End of August, see Website for exact date.

Harvest Festival/Oregon Trail Wagon Trail – Legacy of the Plains Museum

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The mornings and the afternoons will be filled with people, horses and tractor pulled equipment demonstrating the hard work involved in the harvest.

Date: September, see Website for exact date.

Platte Valley Companies Monument Marathon


Monument Marathon: Following the steps of the Pioneers as participants choose from our scenic and certified full or half marathon course, or a 5K course for participants of all ages.

The Monument Marathon is downhill point-to-point course with approximately 20% on dirt roads. The moderately high elevation (3900-4600 feet) may affect some runners not acclimated to elevation as will the unpaved portions of the course. 

The course begins with a significant downhill grade for nearly five miles and flattens out as the course nears mile 13. After the halfway point, the course rises through Mitchell Pass and around Scotts Bluff National Monument. 

The remainder of the course is mostly flat with a few rolling hills. The race finishes through town. 

The course starts at 4,600 feet and finishes at 4.000 feet.

The Monument Marathon is a qualifier for the Boston Marathon.

NSAA Girls State Class B Golf Tournament

October 11-12, 2022 at Monument Shadows Golf Course in Gering

NSAA Boys Class B Golf State Tournament

May 24-25 at the Scotts Bluff County Club in Scottsbluff

Oregon Trail Tractor Ride

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It’s a tradition that area antique tractor owners have participated in for more than a decade, 25 plus tractors lined up to ride around and raise money for charity. This year the Oregon Trail Tractor ride will donate more than $400 to the Festival of Hope. Antique tractors drove from stop to stop to pick up poker cards to see who had the best hand at the end of the ride. The first place winner in the poker run will receive a $100 prize. It’s just for fun, owners like to get the old tractors out that they restored.

The ride begins at the Legacy of the Plains Museum at 9 a.m., journeys east toward Minatare, south to Melbeta and then east to the Oregon Trail Wagon Train near Bayard where lunch will be served.