Fort Kearny Outdoor Expo

The annual Fort Kearny Outdoor Expo showcases the state’s vast number of fun outdoor activities at beautiful Fort Kearny State Recreational Area. This event is designed to meet the needs of anyone interested in an outdoor lifestyle, regardless of age or experience. Those who attend can try fishing, archery, kayaking, camping and outdoor cooking, among other activities. They can also see, touch and learn more about Nebraska fish and wildlife species from wildlife biologists.

Participating in the activities is free thanks to our gracious sponsors. An annual or daily park permit per vehicle will be required.

2017 Fort Kearny Outdoor Expo

In 2017 the Fort Kearny Outdoor Expo celebrates its 11th year!
The 2017 expo will take place on May 13 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Learn about all the exciting events taking place at this year’s expo — Download the event map and schedule!

Download a volunteer application form
Download a vendor application form
Become a sponsor

Activities include:

  • Atlatl and tomahawks
  • Fishing
  • Kayaking
  • Shooting
  • Outdoor cooking
  • 6,000-gallon aquarium and touch tank
  • Elk calling contest
  • Hunting and fishing demos
  • Kids turkey gobbling contest
  • Golf USA golfing course
  • Archery
  • Bowfishing
  • Camping skills
  • Climbing wall
  • S’mores
  • Crossfit challenge
  • Fast draw competition

New attractions for 2017

The Expo’s heritage encampment area is an official event of the Nebraska sesquicentennial and is dedicated to the Nebraska’s 150th celebration. Activities will include an outdoor heritage bingo, sample cast-iron Dutch oven food, meet-and-greet with Teddy Roosevelt, and watching blacksmithing and hide tanning.

Famous for his coin trick, Byron Ferguson once shot eight dimes in a row out of the air. Don’t miss the legendary longbow archer Byron’s show.

The action-packed Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show will feature log rolling, carving, chopping, sawing, axe throwing and much more. The Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show is historical, educational, humorous and filled with audience participation.

2017 sponsors

A huge thanks to all of our sponsors listed below!

Eagle sponsors

Eagle sponsors have donated at the $5000 level.






Bobcat sponsors

Bobcat sponsors have donated at the $2500 level.





Norris & Lori Marshall

Deer sponsors

Deer sponsors have donated at the $1000 level.






City of Kearney – Storm Water Management Program


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W. Thomas Sorrell




Raccoon sponsors

Raccoon sponsors have donated at the $500 level.

  • Big Bend Waterfowl & Wildlife Association
  • Dority Chiropractic Office
  • Ducks Unlimited
  • Edward D. Broadfoot & Sons Sand/Gravel Company
  • Fast Phil’s Plaza/Wasteland LLC
  • First National Bank
  • Kearney Paddlesports
  • Landmark Implement
  • Midland’s Contracting
  • Monsanto DEKALB Genetics Group
  • Office Max
  • P-Town Tractor Club
  • Platte Valley Auto
  • Pheasants Forever
  • Tim & Tracey Shada
  • US Fish & Wildlife
  • Valentino’s
  • Younes Hospitality

Fish sponsors

Fish sponsors have donated at the $250 level.

  • Ag Dryer Services, Inc.
  • Anderson Wrecking Company, Inc.
  • Anytime Fitness
  • Arctic Refrigeration Co.
  • Aurora Cooperative
  • Auto Central Inc.
  • Buzz’s Marine Supply Inc.
  • Central Fire and Safety
  • Dickey’s Barbeque
  • DTC Construction
  • Edward Jones Investments- Cannon
  • Eileen’s Cookies
  • Farmers & Merchants Bank
  • Fast Phil Plaza
  • Gail’s Funnel Cakes
  • Heartland Surgery Center
  • Hellman, Main, Coslor & Kathol P.C.
  • Hyvee
  • Johnson Imperial Home Co.
  • K-Town Cakes & More
  • KAAPA Ethanol, LLC
  • Kearney Richardson Concessions/Tropical Sno
  • Lowe Investments
  • Masonry Unlimited
  • Michael Schnieders
  • NebraskaLand National Bank
  • Omaha Children’s Hospital
  • Pizza Hut/GIPH Restaurants, LLC
  • Platte River Outdoors
  • Re/Max Executives, Inc.
  • Rock-It
  • Springer Roofing
  • Walmart
  • Wilkins Architecture Design Planning

Dragonfly sponsors

Dragonfly sponsors have donated at the less than $250 level.

  • Accent Cabinetry
  • Ag Traders Inc.
  • Apple Maket
  • Arctic Refrigeration
  • Auto Tech Specialists
  • Barney Financial Services
  • Bazata Financial Network/Scott Bazata
  • Bruning Photography
  • Bruning State Bank
  • Centerline Financial
  • Charles M. Schaepler, DDS
  • Clevenger Farm Products
  • Coca-Cola
  • Contemporary Obstetrics & Gynecology
  • C.W. Farms, Inc.
  • Dan Neal
  • Dave Waggoner Plumbing & Heating
  • Daylight Donuts
  • Douglas R. Holmes, DDS
  • Duane Franzluebbers
  • Dylan Evans
  • Eagle Distributing
  • First Choice Vending
  • Gary L Austin
  • Gene Beerbohm / Principle Life
  • Graham Tire Company
  • Jack Lederman Co.
  • Hilltop Mall
  • Insurance Connection
  • Kearney Clinic P.C.
  • Kearney Urology Center, PC
  • Kearney Plumbing/ City Plumbing
  • Kearney RV Park & Campground
  • Kirk Noller
  • Lisa Gleason
  • Mid-States Irrigation of Kearney Inc.
  • M & N Millwright
  • Michelle Stover
  • Michael & Rebecca Evers
  • Michael Humston
  • Monsanto
  • NebraskaLand Distributing
  • N.P Reality, Inc.
  • Orscheln Farm & Home
  • Precision Import Repair
  • Quality Appraisers and Consulting Service
  • Snack Shack
  • Stafford Land & Cattle
  • Swenson Orthodontic
  • Tammy Tillotson
  • Tim & Tracey Shada