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10/06/17
FALLing for Nebraska

FOR INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Jenn Gjerde at 402-471-3768, or jenn.gjerde@nebraska.gov
Angela Sears at 402-471-7755, or angela.sears@nebraska.gov

FALLing for Nebraska
Five fun fall activity ideas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

LINCOLN, Neb. (October 6, 2016)—The temperature is starting to drop and many are looking for fun fall activities. So grab your scarf and get to planning, because there’s plenty to do in Nebraska! Keep yourself entertained this season with these options and more:

U-Pick Farms
One of the staples of fall in Nebraska is celebrating the different harvests going on around the state. Check out Union Orchard to get your favorite red delicious or Nielsen Kids U Pick for some pumpkins and sweet corn. Many of these places, like Vala’s and Roca Berry Farm, are destinations you can spend the whole day at with your loved ones.
http://visitnebraska.com/search?q=pumpkin or http://visitnebraska.com/search?q=orchard
 
State Parks
Spend some time camping, hiking and watching the wildlife at one of Nebraska’s great parks. Rent a cabin at Ponca or Mahoney or crunch the leaves as you walk the trails at Indian Cave on a brisk afternoon. All are great places to see critters preparing for the cold winter months, so bring your binoculars.
http://visitnebraska.com/search?q=state+park
 
Golf Courses
Take a swing at some of the award-winning golf courses that cover the state of Nebraska, courses like The Prairie Club in Valentine, Awarii Dunes Golf Club near Kearney and Sand Hills Golf Club in Mullen. These sites are even more beautiful during the fall season when abundant colors of red, orange and amber come out to play.
http://visitnebraska.com/destinations/search/see_and_do?by_interest=Golf
 
Museums
Places like the Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer in Grand Island, Legacy of the Plains in Gering or the Children’s Museums across the state, all offer a fun and educational experience. Plus, many have fall events planned that are sure to excite the little ones!
https://visitnebraska.com/search?q=museum

Football
Everyone can feel the Husker pride on game day. Whether it’s tailgating in the Haymarket or watching the game from Memorial Stadium. If you’re a die-hard sports fan, a trip to see the Huskers on their home turf is likely on your bucket list. Come be a part of the NCAA-record streak of consecutive sellouts that dates back to 1962 and be greeted by 85,000+ roaring fans.
https://visitnebraska.com/see_and_dos/memorial-stadium

Go to http://visitnebraska.com/personal_trip/what-to-do-in-nebraska-now-that-it-s-officially-fall for a full list of activities to do in Nebraska during the fall season.

       

For more information about travel, events and unique destinations in Nebraska, order your free travel guide today at VisitNebraska.com. Then stay connected with Nebraska Tourism on our Visit Nebraska Facebook page, on Twitter, on Pinterest, on Instagram and on YouTube.
 
The mission of the Nebraska Tourism Commission is to expand Nebraska’s dynamic and diverse travel industry making it more viable by creating awareness, attracting increased visitors which results in greater tourism revenue and economic gain throughout the state. To learn more, go to VisitNebraska.com.

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09/07/17
Gov. Ricketts Appoints New Nebraska Tourism Commission Board

From the Office of Governor Pete Ricketts

Gov. Ricketts Appoints New Nebraska Tourism Commission Board

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Media Contacts:  

Taylor Gage, 402-471-1970

Eric Maher, 402-471-1974

LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts announced eleven appointments to the Nebraska Tourism Commission. The appointments are a result of changes made with Legislative Bill 222, passed by the Nebraska State Legislature and signed by the Governor this year.

 

“Thank you to these talented Nebraskans who have agreed to give of their time and serve the people of Nebraska through this board,” said Governor Ricketts.  “Tourism is our state’s third largest industry, and their work in promoting Nebraska as a great place to visit is helping grow Nebraska.”

The following eleven appointees will begin their terms effective September 24:

District 1 – Roger Dixon of Omaha is the President and CEO of Metropolitan Entertainment & Convention Authority.

District 2 – John Chapo of Lincoln is the President and CEO of Lincoln Children’s Zoo.

District 3 – Jeanna Stavas of Nebraska City is the Owner of Whispering Pines Bed and Breakfast.

District 4 – Roger Kuhn of Ashland is the Assistant Director for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.

District 5 – Darrin Barner of Laurel is the National Recruiting Specialist for Heritage Homes of Nebraska.

District 6 – Debra Nelson-Loseke of Columbus is the Director of the Columbus/Platte County Convention & Visitors Bureau.

District 7 – Ashley Olson of Red Cloud is the Executive Director of the Willa Cather Foundation.

District 8 – Roger Jasnoch of Kearney is the Executive Director of the Kearney Visitors Bureau.

District 9 – Sarah Sortum of Burwell is a rancher at Switzer Ranch and an Ecotourism Provider for Calamus Outfitters.

District 10 – Barry McFarland of Lexington is the owner of Mac’s Creek Winery and McFarland Family Farms.

District 11 – Starr Lehl of Minatare is the Economic Development Director for the city of Scottsbluff.

Inquiries about the Nebraska Tourism Commission can be directed towards Angela Sears at 402-471-7755.

 

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09/06/17
Fall Festival Fun in Nebraska

FOR INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Angela Sears at 402-471-7755, or angela.sears@nebraska.gov

Fall Festival Fun in Nebraska

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

LINCOLN, Neb. (September 6, 2017)—Fall is right around the corner which means pumpkins, apple cider and colorful leaves. Appreciate the nice weather while hiking or camping at any of Nebraska's beautiful State Parks or grab a friend and head to one of these great events.

Check out this list of fun fall activities you can enjoy with the whole family. More events can be seen at VisitNebraska.com. Don't forget to order a Fall/Winter Travel Guide!

Husker Harvest Days


Grand Island, NE
September 12-14

 

Celebrating its 40th year, the world’s largest totally irrigated working farm show comes together once again in Grand Island, Nebraska. The show features the latest equipment, supplies and technologies available to today’s producers. View the newest tractors, combines and harvesters, grain-handling equipment, and irrigation technologies. 

Applejack Festival


Nebraska City, NE
September 15-17

The Applejack Festival is an entire event dedicated to the apple harvest. The whole city celebrates with activities and events put on throughout the weekend. If you are looking for apple pie, apple cider, caramel apples, apple fritters, apple sangria or pretty much anything made from apples, this is the place to be!

21st Annual Harvest Festival

Gering, NE
September 16-17

Enjoy all things fall in western Nebraska. Kids can play in a hay bale fort, ride through the pedal tractor course and play fun games throughout the weekend. Potatoes are the featured crop this year and you can even pick your own. This event allows you to catch a rare glimpse of antique farm machinery in action so don't miss out!

Kearney Oktoberfest


Kearney, NE
September 30

The fourth annual Kearney Oktoberfest, brought to you by Bank of the West, provides an opportunity to sample and learn about a variety of craft beer styles from across the state of Nebraska. The event features a traditional keg tapping, German games, food and traditions, as well as polka music. Be there for a headline performance by the band, Whiskey Bent!

Crete's Great Pumpkin Festival

Crete, NE
October 6-8

The 3rd Annual Great Pumpkin Festival will be in downtown Crete and filled with autumn fun. There will be live entertainment, a food court, carnival games and a craft show. For the more adventurous people, you can even zip line down main street. Bring the whole family and delight in a fun fall experience!

Junkstock: Harvest Edition

Waterloo, NE
October 6-8

 

Junkstock is the place to be for vintage finds, unique antiques, handmade artisan food and goods and one of a kind repurposed relics. The three-day curated vintage, junk & artisan festival that celebrates all things rusty, dusty & timeless is at the charming century old Sycamore Farms.

Bewitching Halloween Events


Nebraska State Parks
October 13-31

 

The State Parks throughout Nebraska are putting on fun, family friendly Halloween activities throughout the month of October. Win cool prizes for having the best Halloween decorations at your campsite at Indian State Park. Trunk or Treat at Homestead Knolls Campground. Go for a night hike on Friday the 13th at Fremont Sate Recreation Area and enjoy a spooky movie afterwards. Learn more here.

     

For more information about travel, events and unique destinations in Nebraska, order your free travel guide today at VisitNebraska.com. Then stay connected with Nebraska Tourism on our Visit Nebraska Facebook page, on Twitter, on Pinterest, on Instagram and on YouTube.
 
The mission of the Nebraska Tourism Commission is to expand Nebraska’s dynamic and diverse travel industry making it more viable by creating awareness, attracting increased visitors which results in greater tourism revenue and economic gain throughout the state. To learn more, go to VisitNebraska.com.

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08/22/17
Eclipse Was a Success for Nebraska’s Tourism Industry
FOR INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Angela Sears at 402-471-7755, or angela.sears@nebraska.gov

Eclipse Was a Success for Nebraska’s Tourism Industry

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

LINCOLN, Neb. (August 22, 2017)— Sometimes the stars, or in this case the moon, just align and great things happen. On Monday, Nebraska’s tourism industry welcomed hundreds of thousands of people to the state to view the total solar eclipse. The eclipse passed diagonally through the center of the state from Scottsbluff all the way down to Falls City. Small towns and cities in and around the path prepared for months and even years to host visitors from around the world and many hotels, B&B’s and campgrounds were completely sold out for months in advance.

The build-up to the event was very exciting; and calls and internet searches were at an all-time high. The Tourism Commission’s website, www.VisitNebraska.com experienced a 30% increase in traffic over the same period last year as incoming visitors researched places to go and things to do while they were in Nebraska for the eclipse.

Media coverage for the event also provided some fantastic free publicity for the state as journalists, photographers, bloggers and social media influencers from across the country and around the world descended on Nebraska to share their story. Year-to-date Nebraska was promoted as a prime location to watch the eclipse in thousands of newspapers, magazines, television news programs and more. The Nebraska Tourism Commission tracks that coverage and estimates that its value is over $133 million dollars in publicity. Nebraska Tourism’s Marketing Manager, Angela Sears commented, “In the final seven days alone there was over $72 million dollars worth of press that would have reached over 7.7 Billion people world-wide.”

Nebraska Tourism’s Executive Director John Ricks, who watched the eclipse in Ravenna, stated, “You can’t just guess at the impact of such an amazing one-time event like this, so we partnered with tourism industry research experts to develop a survey that would help us better estimate the actual visitor count and measure the economic impact that we knew our stakeholders would want to know.”

During the event the Nebraska Tourism Commission positioned volunteer survey takers around the state to survey eclipse visitors to gauge the economic impact of the event for the state. Among other things, the surveys asked about overnight stays, types of accommodations, what made them decide to come to Nebraska, how much did they spend and what was their overall satisfaction with their visit. The results of the surveys will be tabulated over the next month and a half and will be combined with key tax information like lodging tax numbers to allow the Nebraska Tourism Commission to report eclipse economic impact numbers at its fall conference. This year’s Nebraska Tourism Conference will be held October 17-19 at the LaVista Conference Center in LaVista.

For more information about travel, events and unique destinations in Nebraska, order your free travel guide today at VisitNebraska.com. Then stay connected with Nebraska Tourism on our Visit Nebraska Facebook page, on Twitter, on Pinterest, on Instagram and on YouTube.
 
The mission of the Nebraska Tourism Commission is to expand Nebraska’s dynamic and diverse travel industry making it more viable by creating awareness, attracting increased visitors which results in greater tourism revenue and economic gain throughout the state. To learn more, go to VisitNebraska.com.

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08/18/17
Nebraska 'Geeks Out' About the Eclipse with Scientific Events
 

Nebraska 'Geeks Out' About the Eclipse with Scientific Events

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

LINCOLN, Neb. (August 18, 2017)— With all of the fun events surrounding the total solar eclipse, people often forget the amount of scientific research that goes in to planning and preparing for it. Communities all over Nebraska are focusing on the importance of scientific research involved with this incredible event.

“The Solar Eclipse is a great opportunity for people of all ages to engage in research and scientific discoveries,” said John Ricks, executive director at the Nebraska Tourism Commission. “Nebraska is fortunate enough to host NASA scientists, planetarium exhibits and professors from across the country.”

Here are just a few towns in Nebraska where astrology fans and amateur science geeks can go and learn from other professionals in the study of celestial events:

 

Alliance


The Knight Museum and Sandhills Center will be hosting Digitalis Planetarium shows on Saturday and Sunday from 10 AM to 3 PM. The show is about 40 minutes long and be sure to make reservations so you know you have a spot! The show is designed for age 10 to adult.

There will also be five different educational seminars held in the Performing Arts Center, 1450 Box Butte Ave. Seminars will start on Friday at 7 PM and the last one will be on Sunday at 7 PM. To learn about the seminars and events in Alliance, visit their website.

 

Ashland

 
The Strategic Air Command and Aerospace Museum will be hosting a solar eclipse viewing on Monday, August 21. It will include access to planetarium shows from 11 AM to 4 PM. They will also provide a science presentation at 11 AM along with outdoor music during the eclipse gathering. General admission for indoor activities is $12/adult, $11/senior or military, and $6/youth 4-12 years of age. 

To learn more about the viewing at the Strategic Air Command and Aerospace Museum visit their website.

Beatrice


Homestead National Monument will host many events throughout the weekend including presentations by several scientists. NASA professionals Dr. Edwin Grayzeck, Lindley Johnson, Zach Berta-Thompson and Dr. Kelsey Young will be speaking on Monday. Dr. Amy Mainzer will have a Q & A session and Bill Nye will talk about the Eclipse Junior Ranger Program.

There will also be a NASA tent where people can have astronomical conversations with NASA professionals.

For all of the activities going on at Homestead, visit their website.

To learn more about activities in Beatrice, visit their website.

Gering and Omaha


If you are interested in learning how different animals react to the eclipse you can go to Riverside Discovery Center for educational activities, food and the chance to spend the eclipse with animals at the zoo. For more information visit their Facebook page.

The Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium will also be hosting activities such as crafts, stories and animal observations. Activities will take place at the Wildlife Safari Park where an open prairie will make for a great view of the sky. For more information visit their website.

For more information on other activities in Gering and Omaha, visit the NEclipse website.

Lincoln


Haymarket Park, home of the Lincoln Saltdogs Baseball team, will be hosting several indoor and outdoor exhibits as part of a Science and Engineering Expo. The public is welcome to come and enjoy free informational booths, hands-on activities and interactive demos.

If you are looking for a family friendly show for younger kids, you can visit Mueller Planetarium at Morrill Hall on Friday and Saturday at 11:00 AM. They will also have a show geared towards an older audience at 12:00 AM.

To learn about events in Lincoln visit the city's website. 

Other Locations


More events and exhibits will be held in communities across the state, including the cities of Grand Island, Hastings, Kearney, North Platte, and Scottsbluff. To learn more about the eclipse and how you should prepare for this highly anticipated event, visit the NEclipse website.

 

For more information about travel, events and unique destinations in Nebraska, order your free travel guide today at VisitNebraska.com. Then stay connected with Nebraska Tourism on our Visit Nebraska Facebook page, on Twitter, on Pinterest, on Instagram and on YouTube.
 
The mission of the Nebraska Tourism Commission is to expand Nebraska’s dynamic and diverse travel industry making it more viable by creating awareness, attracting increased visitors which results in greater tourism revenue and economic gain throughout the state. To learn more, go to VisitNebraska.com.

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