(Neb)-Fur Trade Days Adding Carnival And Bands Listen
CHADRON - Fur Trade Days Inc is revamping Chadron's annual celebration with what its calling Fur Trade Days: Reloaded....stepping up entertainment and moving most events downtown.
Fur Trade President and Northwest Nebraska Tourism Director Kristina Harter says the July 11-15th event will feature bands its final two nights and the most-requested addition of the last several years - a carnival Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights.
Garry Moore Amusements features 9 rides, 5-to-10 game stations and one large food wagon. Harter says it will be located on the 200 block of Chadron Avenue plus the adjacent city parking, needed for one exceptionally large ride.
As for the bands, Harter says Fur Trade Days has worked closely with the downtown liquor license holders on combining forces.
In recent years, 2 or 3 establishments have had their own beer gardens and bands one or two nights, but now a single band - the Brandon Jones Band on Friday and Judd Hoos on Saturday - will play in a centralized location and roughly 4-block area of downtown will be designated as a beer garden with unlimited movement inside its boundaries.
The biggest change, though will be moving the Traders' Market from the courthouse downtown to the Main and East 2nd area and encouraging all the other courthouse-based events to move as well. Harter says the idea is gather people together in one location and give them a chance to experience downtown Chadron merchants.
Harter says all the groups putting on activities such as the historical Fur Trade Flag Ceremony and the post-parade Chamber Ambassador's Buffalo Burgers can stay where they are, but space will be provided downtown if they make the move. That includes the World Championship Buffalo Chip Toss, a decision to be made by the sponsoring Rotary Club.
Harter says the expanded entertainment package is being made possible by a combination of sponsorships, memberships in the Friends of Fur Trade Days, and ticket sales.
The Chadron City Council last night gave the go-ahead on street closures needed for Fur Trade Days, beginning Wednesday for the carnival site and Friday afternoon or evening for the 100 and 200 blocks of Main Street, which will open up for the Fur Trade Days Parade on Saturday morning.
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