The Community of Chadron welcomes you to an unforgettably unique experience – Fur Trade Days. Chadron, located in the northwest corner of Nebraska, was named for the French fur trader Louis Baptiste Chartran, and offers a weekend filled with history, rendezvous, entertainment, down-home hospitality, great food, and lots of fun! There is something for everyone and a chance to see neighbors and make new friends. It’s a FURociously good time!
Letter From The Mayor
On behalf of the City of Chadron, I would like to extend a warm welcome to everyone participating in Fur Trade Days -- those coming from miles away, as well as those staying home and supporting this historic event in Chadron.
It is a great time for those gleeful spottings across the “green” or street, of someone you haven’t seen for a while. It’s an opportunity to walk down memory lane and make new friends, too.
See if you can identify the changes in progress and be encouraged that Chadron continues to be a progressive community.
Let the cares go and have fun! Enjoy this event which is planned and designed with you in mind! Thank you for including Chadron Fur Trade Days in your plans.
Karin J. Fischer, Mayor City of Chadron
Fur Trade Days Parade
Fur Trade Days 38th Annual Parade starts at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 12 and proceeds down Main Street from Tenth to First. The theme for 2014 is “Coming Home to Memories of the Past.” A Kiddie Parade will precede the main parade at 9:45 and progress from Fifth to First Streets. Get a good seat and enjoy the excitement.
The Chadron York Rite Bodies will once again host a pancake feed at the Masonic Temple on Saturday and Sunday, July 12-13, from 7 a.m. to noon. What a great way to prepare for a day at the parade and Traders’ Market!
The Bordeaux Creek Fur Trade and Muzzleloading Association’s Rendezvous, located 3.5 miles east and 8 miles south of Chadron, will open Thursday, July 10, for camp setup. The camp is always open to the public, but Saturday, July 12, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m., is the best time to catch the major activities. Enjoy muzzleloading shoots, tomahawk and knife throwing contests, archery, and plenty of carousing afterward. Check out the fur, handicrafts, bead work and other period items offered for sale by traders.
Historic Flag Ceremony
Be sure to see the dramatic presentation ceremony of the flags of the many nations involved in America’s fur trade Friday evening. Following the ceremony, the evening will continue amidst music by the Local Musicians, and Family Fun Night. Bring your lawn chair or blanket and enjoy an evening with neighbors and friends at the Courthouse Lawn.
Black Hills Raptor Center
Special guest appearance! On Friday, July 11, the Black Hills Raptor Center will bring birds of prey along with an array of educational displays for a meet and greet at the Traders’ Market from noon to 6 p.m., and a special presentation at 6:30 p.m. at the Courthouse gazebo.
Chamber Buffalo Burger BBQ
Immediately following the parade on Saturday, July 12, the aroma of grilled buffalo burgers and music will fill the air on the courthouse lawn. The burgers are sure to satisfy the heartiest of appetites and sell out fast, so come early. The First Congregational Church Ice Cream Social is just a few steps away.
Ice Cream Social
The First Congregational Church hosts an ice cream social after the parade on Saturday. Come enjoy homemade ice cream and other treats.
The Fur Trade Days Ranch Rodeo will be Saturday, July 12, 2014 with the Evening Performance at 6 p.m., and the Calcutta at 5:15 p.m. Tickets are $10 for Adults and $6 for Kids. For entries phone 430-2246. Teams consist of four members each. $1000 added money. $500 per team. Events include: Trailer Relay, Stray Gathering, Wild Cow Milking, Ranch Bronc Riding, and Team Branding. Mutton Busting sign ups are 4:30 – 5 p.m. Saturday Evening at the Rodeo Office Trailer. Entries are limited. For more information, contact Alicia Felton at 430-2246 or Jess Wild at 430-5041.
The Rotary Colter Run
In 1811, mountain man John Colter ran 300 miles in about 11 days to get away from Blackfeet Indian pursuers. On Saturday, July 12, to commemorate the feat of this brave man, the Rotary Club will sponsor a 5K and 10K run, and a 2 mile fun walk. Registration begins at 6:30 a.m. at Chadron State College Armstrong Gym, with the run beginning at 7:30 a.m.
Classic Car Show
The Chadron Car Club will sponsor its 6th annual classic car show during Fur Trade Days. The event will take place in the shade of Wilson Park, Friday, July 11 from 4-7 p.m. and Saturday, July 12, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. We are expecting cars from all around the area and will be presenting first place and runner-up trophies in 10 classes.
World Championship Buffalo Chip Throw
The Buffalo Chip Competition will be held at the corner of Fourth and Main at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 12, with registration beginning at noon. These are real buffalo chips and whether you throw over or underhand, selecting just the right chip is an art all by itself. After all the scores are calculated for each of the categories, first, second, and third places will receive Gold, Silver, and Bronze Chip Plaques to memorialize their accomplishments. Chadron Record photo by Linda Teahon
Museum of the Fur Trade
Visit the Museum of the Fur Trade, 3 miles east of Chadron on Highway 20. A newer exhibit, The Voyageur, highlights the men who transported trade goods, equipment, important passengers and furs to and from market by canoes. A 36-foot birchbark canoe that would have carried a crew of 6 to 14 and would have had a load capacity of 6 tons highlights the exhibit. Open daily 8-5 p.m. during the summer. Admission $5 (17 and under - free). www.furtrade.org.
3nd Annual Historical Cemetery Tour
You know Chadron has a history, but do you know about all of the wonderful characters that made the town what it is today? Be sure to attend the Greenwood Cemetery Tour on Saturday, July 12, to meet some of the people from our past. Come meet Ben Loewenthal, C.F. Coffee, Peter Nelson, Mary Woodard (AKA Red Jacket), and Fannie O’Linn. Reacquaint yourselves with Mary Smith-Hayward. Tickets will be sold at the gates and parking attendants will direct you to the parking areas. Tour times are 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. at Greenwood Cemetery. Cost for each ticket is $10 and will cover all both tours. People 15 and under are admitted free.
The Chadron Arts Center is sponsoring an Art Exhibit Friday evening and Saturday afternoon during Fur Trade Days. The exhibit will feature works by local artists and photographers that depict the Chadron area and its history. We hope to provide a cool place for people to meet and visit, to share stories, and to enjoy the talents of area artists, whether living or no longer among us. Set-up is Friday, July 11, 4 – 5 p.m. 5-8 p.m. Sharing with cookies and drinks is from 5 – 8 p.m. Viewing will be Saturday, July 12 , from Noon to 4 p.m. Cookies and drinks will be available. This art exhibit is open to the public. We encourage local artists or their family members to bring in works of art (paintings, photos, scrapbooks, etc.) to be displayed. For more information call Ardith Morse, 308/207-5449.
Historic Downtown Walking Tour
Make time to see the following characters from Chadron’s past who will be part of the walking tour: Mary Hayward Smith, Ben Loewenthal, Fannie O’Linn, C.F. Coffee, and possibly Red Jacket and Peter Nelson. The tour will be Thursday, July 10, 2014, 5 - 7 p.m., starting at 1st National Bank, 2nd and Main Street. Brochures will be available from committee members outside of the 1st National Bank. It is a self-guided tour. The characters will be interacting with the public and promoting the cemetery tours. Vintage ads from the Chadron Record will be posted in the windows of downtown businesses that were open back in the day.
Trading Stories: A Native American Film Festival
The Chadron Public Library, the Chadron Public Library Foundation, and the Museum of the Fur Trade will be presenting a film festival acknowledging the contributions of the Lakota people to the history of Northwest Nebraska and highlighting contemporary Native issues through film. The three-day festival begins at 5 p.m., Friday, July 11, on the main floor of the Library, and is open to the public at no charge.