July 2024

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August 2024


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September 2024

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Western Nebraska Pioneers Independence League

The very best in summer collegiate baseball returns to Western Nebraska in 2024 as the Western Nebraska Pioneers begin play in Gering on May 28 at Oregon Trail Park Stadium.

Entering their seventh season of play, the Pioneers have earned two Championships and four playoff berths and continue to strive for excellence both on and off the field. The Pioneers are dedicated to our community and are committed to operate professionally, with integrity and with the promise to keep the fan and player experience at the forefront of what they do. Players from all over the world converge on Gering to play in one of the best atmospheres in all of summer collegiate baseball.

With great game day staff, interns and full-time employees, the Pioneers work every day to give Western Nebraska and Eastern Wyoming the most affordable, entertaining night out a family can enjoy, all summer long. Food, drinks, music, games and contests, continual entertainment – the Pioneers offer the full-blown minor league baseball experience. The Pioneers have averaged more than 1,000 fans per game over six years of play.

The Pioneers are members of the Rocky Mountain League (https://www.rockymountainbaseballleague.com) with teams in Colorado, Nebraska and Kansas. Opening Night is May 28 as the Pioneers host the Denver Cougars at Oregon Trail Park Stadium in Gering for the first game of a 56-game schedule. The season wraps up the last weekend of July with a four-team playoff tournament to determine the winner of the inaugural Colo-Braska Cup. Full schedule and ticket information can be found at https://www.wnpioneers.com. We hope to see you at the ballpark this summer!

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 28-29, 2024

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 14-16, 2024

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: July 11-14, 2024

Old West Balloon Fest

Old West Balloon Fest is Nebraska’s premier Hot Air Ballooning Event. We had over 80 colorful hot air balloons filling the sky in 2022 and we are celebrating our ninth year flying in Western Nebraska!

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

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.

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.

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 7-11, 2024 – Website for exact dates and activities at theoldwestballoonfest.com

Scotts Bluff County Fair


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: July 29-August 3, 2024

Horizon Music Fest

Host a free, world-class Christian Music Festival with artists, speakers, and family-friendly activities that offer Christian fellowship for the entire community.

Date: August 31-September 1, 2024

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

(308) 436-1989

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

Harvest Festival:  September 21-22, 2024
Oregon Trail Wagon Train:  June 21, 2024

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.

Date: September 27-28, 2024

NSAA Girls State Class B Golf Tournament

Monument Shadows Golf Course in Gering

Date:  October 14-15, 2024

NSAA Boys Class B Golf State Tournament

May 23-24, 2024 at the Scotts Bluff County Club in Scottsbluff