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!
Welcome to Fur Trade Days
On behalf of the City of Chadron, we invite you to join us in experiencing the many amenities of our great city, one of which is the annual Fur Trade Days celebration. This is the 40th year for this event, which was recognized by the Nebraska Department of Tourism as 2014 Nebraska Outstanding Event for communities with populations less than 10,000. We are very proud of that honor! In addition, Fur Trade Days was also selected as Northern Panhandle's Best Community Festival two years in a row - 2014 and 2015.
While you are here, please take time to check out our restaurants, shops and stores, as well as the City parks and great sports facilities. Not only does Chadron have a lot to offer, but the entire northwest Nebraska Panhandle abounds in all types of interesting, educational and recreational opportunities. To name a few: Museum of the Fur Trade, Chadron State Park, Fort Robinson State Park, Carhenge of Alliance, Dawes County Historical Museum, Mari Sandoz Center and many, many more! We hope that your visit is memorable, and that you and your family will return.
Paris Fisher, Mayor
Paul Siebert, Featured Performer
Paul Siebert presents a musical living history program of a family’s journey from Russia to Nebraska in the 1870′s. Using original and period music with up to 7 different acoustic instruments, storytelling, personal family history, period costume and extensive knowledge on the subject of Blacksmithing/metallurgy, Paul presents an interactive family centered entertaining program. The presentation is carefully adjusted to suit the specific age group, special interest, time constraints of the listener, and can include the specific event’s local Nebraska history.
Paul is performing four different shows, including, Songs of the Classic and Silver Screen Cowboy" with old cowboy standards like Home on the Range, You Are My Sunshine and Oh Susanna, as well as songs of the Sons of the Pioneers, Gene Autry and Roy Rogers. On Sunday will be an old-time "Camp Meeting and Hymn Sing."
Paul Seibert is sponsored in part through a grant from the Nebraska Arts Council and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment, and by Best Western West Hills Inn of Chadron.
Fur Trade Days Parade
Fur Trade Days 40th Annual Parade starts at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 9 and proceeds down Main Street from Tenth to First. Candy will be passed out along the parade route. Get a good seat and enjoy the excitement!
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 9, 4 – 5 p.m. 5-8 p.m. Sharing with cookies and drinks is from 5 – 8 p.m. Viewing will be Saturday, July 11 , 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 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, July 8. Following the ceremony, the evening will continue with songs by Paul Siebert. Bring your lawn chair or blanket and enjoy an evening with neighbors and friends at the Courthouse Lawn.
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 7, for camp setup. The camp is always open to the public, but Saturday, July 9, 1 – 5 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.
Shuttles to Buckskinners' Camp Available
Shuttle vehicles will again be transporting visitors to the primitive camp on Saturday, July 9, starting at 1 p.m. and ending about 4 p.m. (Ending time depends upon visitor traffic.) Shuttles will leave from the north side of the Courthouse on 4th Street. There is no charge for the ride.
It is an excellent opportunity to see Buckskinners in their natural environment without having to be concerned about road conditions. Individuals may also visit the camp via personal vehicles during the weekend, but preferably on Saturday afternoon. The road is a little rough, and caution is urged. (Not recommended for vehicles with low clearance.)
The camp features many different types of lodging as well as trade blankets. Buckskinners are always ready to sell or trade. It's a step back into history.
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 10, on the main floor of the Library, and is open to the public at no charge.
Musician Michael Murphy
More details coming soon!
Speeders on the Rail
More details coming soon!
5th 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 9, to meet some of the people from our past. Come meet E. P. Wilson, Clyde Beedle. Freida Romine, William Danley, Leta Stetter Hollingworth, and Charles A. Berg. Tickets will be sold at the gates and parking attendants will direct you to the parking areas. Tour times are 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Greenwood Cemetery. Cost for each ticket is $10 and will cover both tours. People 15 and under are admitted free.
Bald Mountain Rounders
More details coming soon!
Return of the Regatta & Croked Arrow Obstacle Course
Chadron State Park
More details coming soon!
The Chadron York Rite Bodies will once again host a pancake feed at the Masonic Temple on Saturday and Sunday, July 9-10, from 7 a.m. to noon. What a great way to prepare for a day at the parade and Traders’ Market!
Chamber Buffalo Burger BBQ
Immediately following the parade on Saturday, July 9, 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 9, 2016 at 6 p.m. at the Dawes Co. Fairgrounds. This years events include the Cowboy Relay, Stray Gathering, Wild Cow Milking, Ranch Bronc Riding & Team Branding.
For entries please call 308-430-8461. Entry fees are $500 per team. There will be $1000 added money.
We will feature Mutton Busting this year. Sign ups will be taken Saturday, July 9 from 4:30 - 5 p.m. on the north side of the arena beside the rodeo office trailer. Entries will be limited.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for kids.
For more information please call 308-430-5041
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 9, 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.
World Championship Buffalo Chip Throw
The Buffalo Chip Competition will be held at the corner of Fourth and Main at 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 9, 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.
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 Sunday, July 12, 1:30 p.m., starting at Blaine Hotel, 2nd and Bordeaux Street. The characters will be interacting with the public.
Fur Trade Days Named Outstanding Nebraska Event
Chadron Fur Trade Days was awarded the 2014 Outstanding Event by the Nebraska Tourism Board. The award was announced at the Nebraska Tourism Convention in North Platte. We are proud to be recognized for all the hard work we put into 2014 Chadron Fur Trade Days event and we have even more new and exciting things coming for 2015.
Fur Trade Days Repeats Best Community Festival Award
Chadron Fur Trade Days has received the Best Community Festival award based upon votes received at the Chadron Record. This is the second year for the award.