Area Attractions & Events
The Boone County Fair is celebrating its 129th year with a full slate of events appealing to all ages! The fair kicks off on Saturday, July 6th, 2013. Go to www.boonecountyfair.net for the full schedule of events! See you there!
Annual FFA Alumni Bull-Ride Event is scheduled for Saturday, July 6th, 2013 at the Boone County Fairgrounds. 6:30pm Calcutta / 7:30pm Ride. There will be a Miniature Brahma ride and Money Scramble for the kids during the event. Dance and Fireworks afterwords. Contact Lonnie Rasmussen with any questions you have about the event at 402-741-1844.
Rhythm & Ribs, August 24, 2013 The Albion Chamber of Commerce presents the fourth annual Rhythm & Ribs BBQ Competition and Concert. 8:00am - Gate opens & registration for BBQ Competition. 10:00am - Beer garden opens. 12:00pm - Food sampling & People's Choice Judging begins. Rib Judging - 5:00pm. Ribs served - 6:00pm. DJ Music all day and then two bands starting at 3:00pm - JAMES LEE BAND, 8:00pm - CAPITAL NINE. All day event open to all ages!! Adults - $15; ages 10-5 $5; under 5 free. (Gate admission includes all food - people's choice starting at 12:00pm and ribs. Concession stand beverages and beer garden drinks for sale.) Contact Marisa 402-395-6012 or email@example.com for more information.
The Boone County Historical Museum, located on West Fairview Street in Albion, houses many articles from Boone County displayed at the museum.
Albion Speedway, “THE ACTION TRACK!”, presents racing action at its finest every Friday night from May to September. Weekly racing shows boast four classes – Hobby Stock, Street Stock, IMCA Modified, and Limited Late Model – and is a regular stop for traveling Sprint Car, Special Late Model, and WDRL Late Model series. Located at the Boone County Fairgrounds in Albion, the Boone County Raceway was featured in Dirt Late Model Magazine as “the Best Little Track You’ve Never Seen” and has a National reputation for track preparation, providing a family-friendly atmosphere, and downright old-school dirt track racing action!
The Nebraska State Antique Tractor & Horse Plowing Bee is held in Petersburg every August. For more information on this visit their website at www.raevalley.org or contact:
1249 State Hwy. 14
Petersburg, NE 68652
Show Date Telephone: 402-386-5366
OLSON NATURE PRESERVE being dedicated to preservation of native prairie, this preserve has hiking trails along with abundant native flora and fauna. Its unique characteristics are derived from being a junction of multiple ecosystems. It lies at the easternmost tip of the sandhills and includes more than a half-mile stretch of Beaver Creek, a perennial spring-fed stream that forms the geological boundary between the sandhills and the rolling loess hardlands to the east. It is also historically significant as the site where Logan Fontenelle, a chief of the Omaha people, died at the hands of Sioux and Cheyenne warriors. Crazy Horse was about 15 years old and a member of the Sioux war party.
The Olson Nature Preserve is truly a unique little corner of the world! Tucked into an area of approximately 140 acres, several interesting ecosystems invite further exploration. The eastern edge of the Nebraska sandhills, complete with characteristic blowouts and gullies, comprise the western edge of the Preserve. A bur oak grove, clinging to the steep slope borders the eastern edge of the sand hills. A person may observe typical prairie plants on the hot, dry sand hills and walk just 100 meters or so and be viewing ferns growing in the moist, cool forest. Wetlands, which fill the area at the base of the oak grove, abound with typical wetland plants and animals. More information is available on this at http://www.prairieplains.org/olson_nature_preserve.htm
City Parks Area residents enjoy family picnics and gatherings at Albion's Fuller Park where there are four large shelters available for your enjoyment. After the picnic, the whole family can enjoy the basketball courts, baseball and softball diamonds, soccer fields, swimming pool, and playground equipment. Rest rooms and RV hookups are also available. The Albion Public Pool is also located next to Fuller Park and is open 1pm to 8pm from Memorial Day until school starts. Plan your next family outing in Albion!
The Albion Sports Complex, in the Northwest part of Albion includes four ball diamonds, one basketball court, tennis courts, soccer fields and a concession stand.
Camp Grounds Clean & Conveniently located, the City of Albion campgrounds currently have twenty-six (26) RV hookups: fourteen (14) with Electricity, Water, and Sewer; and, twelve (12) with Electricity and Water only. A satellite sewer dump station is also available on the grounds. There are also clean rest rooms and showers located adjacent to the site. CLICK HERE for a map of facility!
Cultural activities, including lecture and theatre series, are provided by the Albion Arts Council, Cedar Valley Art Guild, and Piecing Pals Quilt Guild. Other cultural activities including Friends of Music, Community Concert Association, and Community Theater Group are available within a one-hour drive.
Albion's Memorial Day services are held each year at the Mini-Park located in downtown Albion. Other May events include the Beef-O-Rama located at the fairgrounds. For more information on the Beef-ORama contact Steve Pritchard at (402) 395-2781 or visit their website at: www.boone-nance.unl.edu . In June the Quarter Horse Show takes center stage and in July the annual Boone County Fair and Rodeo is always worth attending. Albion offers many wholesome and fun activities to keep the whole family entertained.
BRAN (Bike Ride Across Nebraska) Albion hosted several hundred BRAN participants on Thursday, June 10, 2010 at the Boone County Fairgrounds and Fuller Park. BRAN is a charitable Nebraska non-profit corporation whose main intent is to provide a fun, safe way for participants to experience the great state of Nebraska, but also uses its excess revenues to provide scholarships to Nebraska high school graduates to Nebraska Colleges and Universities. This marks the 30th year of the event and this year's theme is "SPACE COWBOY." Albion was voted the "BEST HOST COMMUNITY" by riders in 2010! Go to www.bran-inc.org for more info!
Boone Central/Albion Alumni Weekend is held every Father’s Day weekend and provides the community with many recreational events that are held in conjunction with the Alumni Banquet. This year’s event will be June 15-17, 2012 and include the SMOKE n CHROME on MAIN car show on June 16th, Albion Chamber or Commerce Pancake Feed on June 16th from 7:00am-10:30am, Dance/Beer Garden at The J Sports Bar & Grill, Cardinal Run (5k or 2 mile Fun Run/Walk), 4-man Scramble Golf Tournament, Coed Sand Volleyball Tournament, Downtown sales events, the Alumni Banquet, and a Dance to raise funds for the Alumni Scholarship fund! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for Banquet/Dance tickets or more event information!
SMOKE n CHROME on MAIN This show & shine event, sponsored by Cornerstone Bank - Albion, Albion Thrifty-Way, Schalk Auto Inc., LoCo's Designer T's, and Frontier Communications - was held on June 18, 2011 from 9am to 2pm. Many came downtown and see all the rides and bikes! Free will donations raised $588.25 to help pay for the Fourth of July Fireworks display.