CHADRON FUR TRADE DAYS ACTION PICKING UP

Posted 1 year ago

By John Axtell

Fur Trade Days logoChadron’s 37th annual Fur Trade Days begins picking up speed today with the opening this morning of the vendors’ Flea Market at Courthouse Square.

Merle Morford is once again co-chairman of Fur Trade Days and says a busy weekend is planned, starting with events late this afternoon at the courthouse.

The hamburger feed is at 5:00, the Historic Fur Trade Flag Ceremony follows at 5:30, and the Talent Show is at 6:00. The 23rd annual Fur Trade Days Jamboree at the Olde Main Street Inn also gets start at 6:00. The Jamboree runs through 1 am on Sunday.

Tomorrow, the Chadron York Rite bodies serve their annual all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast from 7-1:00 at the Masonic Hall while the 34th Chadron Rotary Colter Run starts earlier than in the past with a 7:30 start.

Morford says the pace picks up with the parade at 10:00, followed immediately at the courthouse by the Chamber of Commerce Buffalo Burger BBQ  while the 1st Congregational Church again offers its homemade ice cream social right across the street at the same time.

The 5th annual Classic Car Show in Wilson Park runs from noon-till 3:00 while the World Championship Buffalo Chip Toss begins at 1:00 in front of the courthouse.

At the Courthouse Square Gazebo, the Bald Mountain Rounders will offer their Bluegrass stylings from 11:30-2:00 when western poet Marty Blocker takes over.

At the Fairgrounds, the first go-round of the Ranch Rodeo is at 9:00 a.m. while lawnmower races fire up at 4:00 and the second go-round of the Rodeo starts at 6:00.

Back for a second year is the historical cemetery tour at the Greenwood Cemetery with local residents portraying 7 figures from Chadron’s past who are buried that. Co-organizer and scriptwriter Junice Dagen says this year’s characters were picked because their lives were connected.

This year’s figures are Judge E-M Slattery, Mary Woodard…who was better known as Red Jacket…Levi Sweat, E-E Egan, James Good, Fannie O’Linn, and…back from last year…Mary Smith-Hayward.

The tour will be offered twice at 4:0 and at 7:00. In between, Roland Curd will guide a tour of military gravesites and headstones at the Catholic Calvary Cemetery at 5:00.

The cemetery tours are fundraisers to help continue to upgrade and beautify the next cemetery information kiosk installed at the Greenwood Cemetery last year. Dagen says visitors have already commented on several of the items funded by last year’s tours.

On Sunday, the flea market continues, as do activities at the Museum of the Fur Trade. The Masons will again offer breakfast, while the annual Kiwanis Regatta at Chadron State Park…with canoe and paddleboat races begins at 2:00 to wrap up the weekend.

The Buckskinners Primitive Rendezvous Camp is open about 12 miles southeast of Chadron off Bordeau Road. Camp Coordinator Norm Martin says Saturday is the best day to visit, partly because of the competitions out there and partly because that’s when free shuttle rides are offered from downtown Chadron.

The 100 and 200 blocks of West 2nd Street and the west half of the 100 block of East 2nd are closed for Fur Trade Days, although Chadron Avenue and the alleys bisecting the closed areas remain open.  The 100 block of West 4th by the courthouse is closed because of the Flea Market

Main Street will be closed from 10th Street to 1st Street tomorrow until after the parade, with all but the 300 and 400 blocks opening afterward. Those two blocks will remain closed until after the Buffalo Chip Toss.