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Landmark Legends Weekend!

 

Legends Weekend is a story in the making, energized by the vision of creating a tourist destination in Landmark Country. The third weekend in September  celebrates history, culture, art, agriculture, music.  Warm, golden days of September create a beautiful setting for the special events that have been set into motion and are all ready to go.  Our communities will be welcoming thousands of visitors, who will be here to share in the festivities. With such unique events,  it is not any longer just a weekend for visitors; it is a weekend for everyone in Landmark Country communities to experience and celebrate  with  three days of festivities.

Scotts Bluff Valley Fiber Arts Fair will be a flurry of activity with artisans from several states traveling  to Monument Mall, unloading trunk loads of beautifully colored yarns and fleece.  Items from felted bowls to hand knit sweaters will line the aisles of the vendor floor on Friday and Saturday.  Alpacas, llamas, sheep, and rabbits will be led into the mall and given a home for the day on Saturday, so that visitors can come by and learn about the gifts they give us with their wooly fleece.  Demonstrators will set up welcoming displays and give their time to show you how to knit, crotchet, spin, weave.  A pumpkin patch of a large variety of bright orange Cinderella pumpkins to blue squash will transform the mall into a fall festival.  Live bluegrass music will accompany the fiber celebration with toe tapping, hand clapping, memory stirring tunes.

West Nebraska Arts Center is joining in on the celebration and is proud to host fiber artist, Danielle Bodine’s exhibit.  The art center invites you to stop by and enjoy this unique show.

What a great time to celebrate Scotts Buff National Monument’s 75th anniversary of the opening of the Summit Road.  At 8:00 A.M. on Saturday there will be a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the occasion.  Vintage cars will lead the way to make the first anniversary run up the road to the top of the Bluff.  Stay around to hear the historic stories of the making of the road in 1937, and if you have your own stories to share be sure to stop by.  And of course no anniversary is complete without the celebratory cake, which will be cut and served at 1:00.

Two days of  farm fun will be in full swing at the Farm and Ranch Museum Saturday and Sunday.  This year’s featured crop is beans. Demonstrations of horse- drawn and tractor- powered bean equipment will take you back to yesterday.  The Doodlebug tractor of 1926 will be featured, as well as other vintage model tractors.  What could be more fun than a horse- drawn hay rack ride on a sun drenched September afternoon?  You can hop on board .  Dig potatoes, ride in a buggy, play in a hay fort, see peddle tractors and the barrel train!  The giant corn maze is also waiting for you!  The UN-L Panhandle Extension Center has also teamed up with the Harvest Festival this year and will add demonstrations and displays to explain the importance of the bean to our economy.

Sunday afternoon the Wildlife World Tour invites you to stop by and experience  an afternoon of wildlife.

Chimney Rock is adding to the Legends Weekend celebration by inviting everyone out to the Visitor’s Center as their guests with free admission.

Scottsbluff and Gering Merchants will have special displays and special offers to welcome you downtown.  They will also be giving out 1,000 welcome bags  full of coupons, flyers, and special offers.  You can pick one up at the Farm and Ranch Museum and the Fiber Arts Fair.

And if you don’t think that is enough fun, a brand new event has been added!  Be adventurous and experience the West Lawn Cemetery Tour, sponsored by the North Platte Valley Museum.  Spirits will be stirring in the cemetery,  as actors stand among the graves of colorful individuals from the past.  Two tours will be provided so that you will have a chance to meet historic individuals and hear their stories.

All of this creates an exciting Landmark Country Legends Weekend!  The welcome mat is out, dusted off , and shined up for visitors to Landmark Country.  What a perfect time to show off a little!  The third weekend in September is a beautiful time of year.  Blue azure skies, crisp morning air, the blazing sun of  July and August has become friendly again.  Be a visitor in your own community and come celebrate!  Walk in the footsteps of legends, where adventure awaits, beauty abounds, history encompasses, and friendliness welcomes

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