Calendar of Events

Jul
27
Wed
all-day Keith County Fair & Rodeo
Keith County Fair & Rodeo
Jul 27 – Jul 31 all-day
Wednesday, July 27 Combine Derby 6:00 pm Thursday, July 28 Ranch Rodeo 6:30 pm Friday, July 29 Fairboard BBQ 5:00 pm Wild West Pig Wrestling 7:00 pm Saturday, July 30 Kids Ranch Rodeo 1:00 pm[...]
Jul
30
Sat
all-day 27th Annual Kites & Castles
27th Annual Kites & Castles
Jul 30 all-day
27th Annual Kites & Castles
Kites and Castles is a go for July 30! Water levels are still predicted to be higher than normal by the end of July, but if the water is too high for a large building[...]
8:00 am Ogallala Farmers Market @ Rendezvous Square
Ogallala Farmers Market @ Rendezvous Square
Jul 30 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Ogallala Farmers Market @ Rendezvous Square
Shop the selection of fresh produce and crafts under the shaded canopy at Rendezvous Square.  Saturday mornings 8-noon through the first weekend in October.
Aug
6
Sat
8:00 am Ogallala Farmers Market @ Rendezvous Square
Ogallala Farmers Market @ Rendezvous Square
Aug 6 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Ogallala Farmers Market @ Rendezvous Square
Shop the selection of fresh produce and crafts under the shaded canopy at Rendezvous Square.  Saturday mornings 8-noon through the first weekend in October.

Ash Hollow

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Photo courtesy Visit Garden County

Ash Hollow State Historical Park near the west end of Lake McConaughy in Garden County is one of Nebraska’s most intriguing state parks. A modern interpretive center interprets the area’s geology, paleontology, prehistoric history and use by native American Indians, the military, and 19th Century explorers and pioneers. Ash Hollow Cave shows evidence of use of the area by prehistoric man as many as 6,000 years ago. More than 30 million years of geologic history and fossils of prehistoric mammals including rhinoceros and mastodons can be examined at the park. Ash Hollow was a stopping point for Plains Indians, a site of U.S. troop maneuvers and a place for shelter and water on the Oregon, California and Mormon Trails. Ruts are still visible at Windlass Hill where wagons were lowered into the valley. In 1835 it was the site of a battle between the Sioux and Pawnee and in 1855 was the site of one of the largest engagements between Native Americans and the white man.

Since 1993, a volunteer crew of nearly 100 local residents have staged the annual Ash Hollow Pageant at the park. The event is staged each June at the very site where pioneers stopped to rest at a fresh water spring, against the backdrop of the limestone cliffs. The pageant features live music, a chuck wagon supper, and a script drawn from actual trail diaries and histories.

Learn more about Garden County at VisitGardenCounty.com.