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Fort Kearny Outdoor Expo

Enjoy free, family-friendly activities for people of all ages at the annual Fort Kearny Expo!

About the 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 open to the public and 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, backyard games and outdoor cooking, among other activities. They can also see, touch and learn more about Nebraska fish and wildlife species from wildlife biologists.

2024 Outdoor Expo dates

School days

Public day

  • 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, May 11

Sign up to volunteer

It takes a community of outdoor enthusiasts to make the Expo happen. We’re currently seeking volunteers to help during all three expo days. Sign up to teach kayaking, archery, help with the shotgun range, escort special needs student between activities, and more!

Expo activities

Enjoy these free, family-friendly activities available to people of all ages at the Fort Kearny Expo!

  • Fishing
  • Kayaking
  • Archery
  • Aquatic touch tank
  • Bowfishing
  • Teddy Roosevelt reenactment
  • Outdoor cooking
  • Target shooting
  • Camping skills
  • S’more making
  • Snakes of Nebraska

Public day activity schedule

9:30 a.m.Teddy Roosevelt reenactment
Heritage Encampment
10:30 a.m.Snakes of NebraskaPartners Tent
9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
(while supplies last)

Gourmet s’mores
Campfire Pit
11 a.m.-1 p.m.
(while supplies last)
Hot dog roast
Campfire Pit
11:30 a.m.Teddy Roosevelt reenactmentHeritage Encampment
NoonHunting with falconsFalconry Display
12:30 p.m.Snakes of NebraskaPartners Tent
1 p.m.Teddy Roosevelt reenactmentHeritage Encampment
All other Expo activities listed above will take place from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

2024 sponsors

Platinum sponsors

  • Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

Gold sponsors

  • Fairbury Brand
  • Grocery Cart

Silver sponsors

  • City of Kearney
  • Kearney Visitors Bureau
  • Whistling Edge Farm

Bronze sponsors

  • Anderson Wrecking
  • Best Western Plus
  • Lowe Investments – John G. Lowe III Trust
  • Mason Motors
  • Valentino’s
  • Walmart

Copper sponsors

  • Apple Market
  • American Legion Post #52
  • Bazata, Scott
  • Beerbohm, Gene & Jan
  • Boogarts
  • Bow & Arrow Boutique
  • Culligan
  • Daylight Donuts
  • Family Fresh

  • Gail’s Funnel Cakes
  • Jasnoch, Roger
  • Johnson, Stuart
  • Lammers, Mason
  • Mid-States Irrigation of Kearney
  • Panera Bread
  • Sayler Screenprinting
  • Shada, Tim
  • Target
  • Tropical Sno

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