A Busy Saturday Schedule For Fur Trade Days


       This is the busiest day of the 46th Chadron Fur Trade Days with activities from 6:30 AM to 1:30 AM. Up first is the Rotary Colter Run with options of 2-miles, 5k, or 10k. Registration starts at the Nelson PAC at 6:30 and the runners leave at 7:30.  

     8:00 brings the Chadron Masonic Lodge Pancake Breakfast, the opening of the Traders Market, and the start of registration for the Classics in the Park Car Show in Wilson Park. The show itself runs from 11-4:00 with awards presented at 3:00. 

     The Buckskinners Primitive Camp is open all day, although most of the participants are coming into town to be in the parade at 10:00. Fur Trade Days board member Miles  Bannan thinks going out and getting a taste of life in the first half of the 1800s is a nice change-of-pace.

    Although the Lion’s Club Fur Trade Days Parade is at 10:00, there are two events before it in front of the Courthouse: the Parade of HIstoric Fur Trade Flags at 9:15 and the Parade of Puppies at 9:45.

      The main parade has the theme this year of Rockin’ USA, and as always runs the length of Main Street from 10th to 1st with participants encouraged to swing up to Crestview Care Center for the residents who can’t get out.

     KCSR is broadcasting the parade once again this year with Jeremy Anderson and Bailey Drake mic-side from in front of Platte Valley Bank in the 200 block of Main.

     After the parade are two eating experiences, the Congregational Church’s Ice Cream Social with homemade cakes and ice cream at 4th and Chadron, and the Chamber Ambassadors BBQ – which Chamber Director Gabby Michna hopes people will visit.

The Traders Market also has a number of food options..

   There’s entertainment at the Courthouse Gazebo at noon with local farrier Pete Butler singing old country songs while at the Dawes County Fairgrounds, the Bump ‘n’ Run also starts at noon – leading into the Demolition Derby. 

    The World Championship Buffalo Chip Toss is at 1:00 in front of the Courthouse with multiple age and gender categories. 

      Painting with Yarn at Madison Quilting and Yarn at 2nd and Chadron runs from 1-5:00 while the Chadron Aquatics and Wellness Center is hosting Beat the Heat with Family Fun Events from 2-5:00.

    The 10th annual Historical Cemetery Tour with figures from Chadron’s past returns to the Greenwood Cemetery with tours at 4:00 and 7:00. Cost is $10, with proceeds supporting the cemetery’s information kiosk, and kids 15 and under are free. 

     Mac’s Carnival runs tonight from 5:00-to-midnight with the $20 vouchers to save $5 on the purchase of a wristband still on sale into the afternoon at the Fur Trade Days booth at the Courthouse.

     There’s another street dance featuring Johnny Cochran, who describes himself as Johnny Cochran “a guitar-slinging country pop artist from South Louisiana. The area blocked off is also a beer garden and the Fur Trade Dats Cup is still needed to have alcohol outdoors.

    Tomorrow’s Fur Trade Days schedule is limited with the Buckskinners primitive camp still open, the 9th annual Rob Brown Memorial Co-ed Softball tournament wrapping up, and the Horseshoe tournament beginning at 12:30.

       Wrapping up this year’s celebration will be the last session with Mac’s Carnival, which will run from noon until 5:00. 

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