Learn new skills and discover more ways to enjoy the outdoors. This free Expo, designed for family members of all ages and experience levels, will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Fort Kearny State Recreation Area, located just southeast of Kearney. A park entry permit is required of each vehicle entering the park.
With more than 50 hands-on activities, demos and presentations to enjoy, the Expo offers a full day of outdoor fun. Those who attend can try kayaking, fishing, bow fishing, archery, slingshots, crossbows, and spear and tomahawk throwing. Other activities include a camping demo, climbing wall and gaga pit, Dutch oven cooking contest, shooting ranges, a live snake presentation, and kids’ turkey gobbling contest with local celebrity judges. Take a break to enjoy the free hotdog roast from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., or as supplies last.
Special guest Sam Larson, a wilderness instructor, author and speaker, will share the inspirational story of how he won the world’s most difficult and dangerous survival reality TV challenge, “Alone” on the History Channel.
New this year is the Hunter Education Trail, which introduces kids ages 10 and older to the enjoyment of hunting and key safety basics. The expanded Kids’ Discovery Zone allows kids to hunt for bugs, dig for fossils and gems, create music, design with sidewalk chalk and play in a large water stream wall.
Other exciting features include a ropes course, fish filleting, a cowboy fast draw, a 6,000-gallon fish aquarium, aquatic touch tank, blacksmithing demonstrations, and education about tools and skills employed by Old West pioneers. Enter your kids in the Youth Lifetime Half-Price Permit drawing for the chance to win a lifetime hunting or fishing permit for half the price.
The Fort Kearny Expo Advisory Board and the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission host the Expo. Learn more at FortKearnyExpo.com.