38th Annual Fur Trade Days
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!
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. Get a good seat and enjoy the excitement. Stop by the Masonic Hall prior to the parade for pancakes.
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.
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.
The Fur Trade Rodeo begins at 6:00 p.m. Saturday at the Dawes County Fairgrounds. Competition and excitement are sure to keep you on the edge of your seat. The Fur Trade Concession stand will be available with all your favorite snacks.
The Colter Run
Saturday, July 12 the Rotary Club sponsors a 5K and 10K, and a fun run. The Colter Run is named for the brave John Colter who ran 200 miles to outrun 200 Blackfeet Indians in a life and death footrace in 1811. 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, Saturday, July 12, from 12 p.m. to 3 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 begins at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 12. 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.
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.
2nd 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 13, to meet some of the people from our past. Six new characters will be introduced with one character being revisited. These people knew each other and interacted on a daily basis. Come meet Judge Slattery, Mary Woodard (AKA Red Jacket), Levi Sweat, E.E. Egan, James Good and Fannie O’Linn. Reacquaint yourselves with Mary Smith-Hayward. A new feature this year will be a tour of military gravesites at Calvary Cemetery. Mr. Roland Curd will lead you from grave to grave and explain a little about each person. These people were important citizens of Chadron and the Nation in protecting our freedom. Tickets will be sold at the gates and parking attendants will direct you to the parking areas. Cost for each ticket is $10 and will cover all three tours. People 15 and under are admitted free. Both Greenwood tours will have the same characters but different actors. Tour times: 1 - 4:00 p.m. - Greenwood Cemetery 2 - 5:30 p.m. - Calvary Cemetery 3 - 7:00 p.m. - Greenwood Cemetery
The Nebraska Northwestern Railroad will be giving tours of the century-old roundhouse on North Main Street, Saturday, July 13, from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.. the tour will include trivia and discussion on the past, present and future of the Chadron Railroad. the tour is free. Open-toed shoes are not recommended for the tour.
Fur Trade Days Regatta
Chadron State Park is the place to be on Sunday, July 14. At 2:00 p.m. the wackiest competition ever happens with contestants competing individually and as teams in canoe races, paddle boat races, and maybe even a raft race. This event, sponsored by the Chadron Kiwanis Club, will test century-old skills. It’s all for fun, fun for all ages and prizes will be awarded in different categories.