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(Neb)-Fur Trade Days Underway In Chadron  Listen

By: John Axtell Posted at: 07/11/2019 02:00 PM
CHADRON - Chadron's 43rd Fur Trade Days begins today, although technically set up of the Buckskinner's primative rendezvous camp began yesterday. That continues today along with novelty shoots this afternoon and a candle shoot tonight.

      The Chadron Public Library starts its 4-day Tales Around the Fire Pit today with a Fur Trade For Kids story time and crafts from 10:30-11:30, a Fur Trade Days-themed Treasure Hunt for kids and adults from 3-5:00, and a historical walk around Chadron from 5:30-6:30 that begins and ends at the Library and travels south to the college and north to the railroad tracks.

     The arguably biggest event of the day is the opening of the Fur Trade Days Carnival at 5:00 on the 100 and 200 blocks of Bordeaux. Chamber of Commerce Director Gabby Michna recommends buying an advance-sale coupon good for $5 off a 5-hour wristband for the carnival.

     The coupons are available at the Chamber of Commerce, EJ's BBQ, and at the other contender for biggest event of the day - this year's first Bands on Bordeaux concert on the 100 block of Bordeaux. Michna recommends parking and entering from the north end of Bordeaux because of the carnival.


Tonight's band is Dirty Word of Sturgis, whose leaders John Scalia and Dale Hieb have been playing with the group since its founding in 1998. Michna says Dirty Word has become the "must have act" at clubs, fairs and festivals across the Midwest, but now also travels as far as the East Coast and Gulf Coast as well entertaining troops overseas.

      New this year is the Bands on Bordeaux VIP area, which Michna says is courtesy of Home Haven Furniture and Appliance. It provides a chance to watch the concert from a recliner.

     As always, Bands on Bordeaux also includes food vendors and activities for kids as well the band. It's free and runs from 6-9:00.


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