The dramatic presentation ceremony of the flags of the many nations involved in America’s fur trade is Friday evening, July 7, at 6 p.m.. Local Honor Flight veterans and their sponsors will be presenting the flags. Local celebrity John Barnum will conclude the presentation by singing our National Anthem. The Flag Ceremony will be followed by a special presentation by historical musician Paul Siebert. Bring your lawn chair or blanket and enjoy an evening with neighbors and friends at the Courthouse Lawn.

Friday, July 7th @ 6 pm Women's Ranch Rodeo - double sanctioned with the WRRA and WSRRA

Saturday, July 8th @ Noon Women's Ranch Rodeo - double sanctioned with the WRRA and WSRRA

Saturday, July 8th @ 6 pm Open Ranch Rodeo - sanctioned with the WSRRA

Entries will be on Tuesday, June 20th from 8 am - 5 pm MST. Call in to Cheyenne Wilson at 605-891-1827. Entries will be due the following Friday, June 30th - no exceptions. We will cap entries as follows: 12 women's team max and 16 men's teams max. Entries must be received by Friday, June 30th. More info to come....stay tuned! For more information please click HERE or call Fur Trade Days Ranch Rodeo at (605)891-1827

Buffalo Chip Throw

Fur Trade Funday & Disc Golf Tournament 

Featured Entertainment 

Fur Trade Days Ranch Rodeo

Fur Trade Days Parade


Detailed Schedule of Events

Flag Ceremony

July 11-15, 2018



July 11-15, 2018

Trading Stories: Native American Film Festival

Buckskinner's Camp

Chadron State Park is inviting people to attend and afternoon of spirited competition at its annual Fur Trade Funday on Sunday, July 9. The event features the State Park Disc Golf Tournament, followed by the Kiwanis Fur Trade Regatta.

The events are open to the public free of charge and prizes will be awarded to the winners. Kiwanis will accept donations to help defray costs and support programs for youth. Vehicles are required to have a Nebraska Park Entry Permit, available at the park’s office or online at

Join us for one of the most fun activities during Chadron Fur Trade Days. 1pm on the Courthouse Lawn, Saturday directly following the parade is our annual Buffalo Burger BBQ, hosted by The Chadron Chamber Ambassadors along with our Championship Buffalo Chip Throw! Grab a burger in one hand and a piece of poo in another and get your throwing arm ready for this dually challenging Buffalo Chip Throw!

Whether you're a salty dog or just a budding seaman, test your maritime racing skills in the Fur Trade Regatta. The annual event, which is part of "Fur Trade Funday" at Chadron State Park, challenges teams of two to race canoes at the park's pond. Awards await winners of the convivial race, which is open to canoers of all skill levels ages 12 and up. Open to racers and landlubbers free of charge (Donations accepted). Free paddleboat rides will follow the race. Nebraska Park Entry Permit required for vehicles.

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

The Chadron Public Library, the Chadron Public Library Foundation, and Friends of the Library, will present a film festival acknowledging the contributions of the Lakota people to the history of Northwest Nebraska and highlighting contemporary Native issues through film. In addition to the films this year, there will be displays and demonstrations by Native American artists and musicians. 

The five-day festival begins at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 5. Brochures and a complete schedule are available at the library. The festival is open to the public at no charge.

Join us Saturday, July 8th at Wilson Park from 8am-3pm for Classic Cars in the Park. Registration begins at 8am, which will be directly followed by the kick off of the Car Show.

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Boat Regatta

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 6, 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.

For a complete schedule of events please click HERE.

The Colter Run starts at Chadron State College and offers a 5k, 10k run and a 2 mile Fun Walk. Registraion forms will be available May 1, 2017. To download the registration form please click HERE. Registration will begin at 6:30am at Chadron State College Armstrong Building where the race will begin at 7:30am sharp.

Colter Run

Classics in the Park, Car Show 

Fur Trade Days 41st Annual Parade starts at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 8 and proceeds down Main Street from Tenth to First. Candy and other goodies will be passed out along the parade route. Come early to claim a good seat and enjoy the excitement!