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 free 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.

2019 Fort Kearny Outdoor Expo

May 11 | 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Join us for the 13th annual expo and rediscover a love for the outdoors at this exciting event! Participating in the activities is free thanks to our gracious sponsors. An annual or daily park permit per vehicle will be required.

Visit the expo’s event page on Facebook to get the latest updates, view the guest list, invite others, and RSVP to get another reminder of the event as the day approaches.

Click here to download event map.

Activities include:

  • Tomahawks
  • Fishing
  • Kayaking
  • Shooting
  • Outdoor cooking
  • Touch tank
  • Hunting demos
  • Fishing demos
  • Kids turkey gobbling contest
  • 6,000-gallon aquarium
  • Archery
  • Bowfishing
  • Camping skills
  • S’mores

2019 presentations and special events

Teddy Roosevelt Reenactment
10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m.

Dutch Oven Dessert Contest – You be the judge
1:30 p.m.
while supplies last

Sam Larson – Winner of Alone
“Surviving 115 days in the Wilderness Alone”
11 a.m.

Paracord Survival Make & Take
12:15 p.m.

Sam Larson – Winner of Alone
“Using Plants”
1:30 p.m.

Nebraska Native Snakes
10 a.m., 2:30 p.m.

Kids Turkey Gobbling Contest Prizes
12:30 p.m.

Turkey Processing
10 a.m.

Turkey Hunting Techniques
noon, 2 p.m.

Fish Cleaning Demonstration
9:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m.

Muzzleloaders Then and Now
11:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m.

Free Hotdog Roast
11 a.m.
while supplies last

Sam Larson, 2019 special guest

Sam Larson of Lincoln is a wilderness skills instructor, author, and speaker. Last year, at just 24 years old, he became the youngest winner of the world’s most difficult and dangerous survival reality TV challenge, Alone, which aired on the History Channel. He is the founder and lead instructor for Woodsong Wilderness Education, a company that specializes in teaching wilderness living skills through events, instructing, and consulting. Sam will give two mainstage presentations:

How I survived 115 days alone in the wilderness

Hear the gripping and inspirational story of how Sam won the world’s toughest survival competition, Alone, on the History Channel.

Useful plants

Nebraska is home to hundreds of plants that can be used for food and medicine. In this presentation, Sam teaches the uses of these plants, shares where they can be found throughout the state and demonstrates how to identify them properly.

2019 sponsors

A huge thanks to all of our sponsors listed below! The expo wouldn’t be possible without their generous support.

Platinum Sponsors

Platinum sponsors have donated at the $5000 level.



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Gold Sponsors

Gold sponsors have donated at the $2500 level.

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John and Melissia Hoggatt

Norris and Lori Marshall

Silver Sponsors

Silver sponsors have donated at the $1000 level.


Bronze Sponsors

Bronze sponsors have donated at the $500 level.
  • Dority Chiropractic Office
  • Big Bend Waterfowl and Wildlife Association
  • Younes Hospitality
  • Ducks Unlimited
  • Personal Touches
  • Eatons
  • Walmart
  • Cabelas
  • Elyria Gardens
  • HyVee
  • Mason Motors
  • Maverick Media Promotions

  • P-Town Tractor Club
  • Personal Touches Embroidery
  • US Fish & Wildlife

Copper Sponsors

Copper sponsors have donated at the $250 level or below.
  • Ace Irrigation & Manufacturing
  • AG Traders Inc.
  • Anderson Bros. Electric, Plumbing, & Heating, Inc.
  • Andersen Wrecking
  • Anderson Klein Swan & Brewster
  • Apple Market
  • Big Pig
  • Broadfoot Sand & Gravel
  • Bruning Photography
  • Bruning State Bank
  • Buzz’s Marine
  • Cirrus Tech, Inc.
  • City Plumbing
  • Contemporary Obstetrics & Gynecology P.C.
  • Dave Waggoner Plumbing & Heating, Inc.
  • Dermatology, P.C.
  • DTC Construction
  • Duane Franzluebbers
  • Eakes
  • Edward Jones Investments — John Cannon
  • Eric & Steph Maaske
  • Farmers & Merchants Bank
  • Gail’s Funnel Cakes
  • Gene Beerbohm Principal Financial
  • Helen Nickel Memorial
  • Hellman Main Coslor & Kathol P.C.
  • Brice Krohn
  • Coca Cola
  • Culligan
  • Daylight Donuts
  • Jennifer Beck
  • Local Kearney Boy Scout Troops & Cub Scout Packs
  • Louie Stithem
  • Michelle Stover
  • Mike Mathews
  • Monsanto
  • Office Depot
  • Office Max
  • Orscheln Farm & Home
  • Pat McLauglin
  • Pond-Tini Pontoon Boats
  • Scott Bazata
  • Sim’s Shop EZ
  • Vicky Harper
  • Wendy Horine
  • Boogarts
  • Jack Lederman Co.
  • Johnson Imperial Home Co. Inc.
  • Kearney Optimist Club
  • Landis Vinchattle
  • Lowe Investments
  • L & S Industries Inc.
  • M&N Millwright
  • Marge Lauer
  • Matthew Yocom
  • Michael and Rebecca Evers
  • Midlands Contracting Inc.
  • Mid-States Irrigation of Kearney
  • NE Burger
  • Norm’s Plumbing and Heating
  • NP Realty, Inc.
  • Pizza Hut/GIPH Restaurants LLC
  • Patricia Hellriegel
  • Precision Import Repair
  • Quality Appraisers and Consulting Service
  • Richardson Concessions LLC/Tropical Sno
  • Ross, Schroeder & George, LLC
  • Terry and Deb Gibbs
  • Tillotson Enterprises, Inc.
  • Tim and Tracey Shada
  • Wealth Plan Partners
  • Zeilinger Law

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