Ponca State Park To Host ‘100 Years Of Nebraska State Parks: Honoring Our Past And Celebrating Our Future’ Event August 6 – 7

PONCA – A northeast Nebraska state park is will be celebrating the Nebraska Game and Park’s centennial.

According to a release from Ponca State Park, the ‘100 Years of Nebraska State Parks: Honoring Our Past and Celebrating Our Future’ event will be held on Friday, August 6 and Saturday, August 7.

The Friday, August 6 event will last from 5:30 – 8 p.m. as there is a $15 fee per person that covers all evening activities. The first 150 guests will receive a complementary centennial wine glass as there’ll be a ‘Wine and Cheese’ social with live music provided by the Bligh Brothers between 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. A fish fry will follow prior to a keynote speaker on the history of parks and campfire stories.

Saturday’s activities will take place from 8 a.m. until 8:30 p.m. as some programs will have fees associated with them to cover expenses. A laser light show is also schedule for 10 p.m. on August 7.

As implied in its name this special event has historical elements, natural wonders and outdoor recreation. Visitors will be able to step back in time with a military reenactment flag raising ceremony or visit the encampment where you can meet Teddy Roosevelt or members of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Learn about natural wonders found throughout the state of Nebraska, take a hayrack tour, develop Dutch oven cooking skills or participate in shooting sports. There are multiple activities and programs taking place throughout this event for the entire family.

More information can be found at yournebraskaparks100.org.

In conjunction with this event, the city of Ponca is having their inaugural Ponca Frog Days, August 5 – 8.

Contact Ponca State Park at 402-755-2284 or email ngpc.ponca@nebraska.gov with further questions.