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Fort Kearny Outdoor Expo

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

2024 Outdoor Expo dates

School days

8 a.m.-3 p.m. on Thurs., May 9 and Fri., May 10

Register before Feb. 28 by emailing Julia Plugge.

Public day

9 a.m.-2 p.m. on Sat., May 11

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.

Sign up to volunteer

It takes a community of outdoor enthusiasts to make the Expo happen. We’re currently seeking volunteers to help on May 9, 10 and 11. 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
  • Touch tank
  • Bowfishing
  • Teddy Roosevelt Reenactment
  • Turkey gobbling contest for kids
  • Outdoor cooking
  • Target shooting
  • Camping skills
  • S’more making
  • Snakes of Nebraska

Special thanks to our 2023 sponsors

Platinum sponsors

  • Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
  • Parker

Gold sponsors

  • Bayer
  • City of Kearney
  • Fairbury Brand
  • Grocery Cart
  • Kearney Visitors Bureau
  • United Nebraska Muzzleloaders Association

Silver sponsors

  • Best Western Plus
  • Kearney Whitewater
  • Norris and Lori Marshall
  • Rocky Geiser, Remax
  • Sayler Screenprinting
  • Whistling Edge Farm

Bronze sponsors

  • Allen Crawford
  • American Legion
  • Dority Chiropractic Office
  • Ducks Unlimited
  • HyVee
  • John G. Lowe III Trust
  • Mason Motors
  • Mid-Nebraska Aggregate, Inc.
  • Panera Bread
  • P-Town Tractor Club
  • Sandhills Oral & Facial Surgery
  • Sara Lee/Earth Grain
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife
  • Walmart
  • Valentino’s

Copper sponsors

  • Ace Irrigation & Manufacturing
  • AG Traders Inc.
  • Anderson Brothers Electric, Plumbing, & Heating, Inc.
  • Andersen Wrecking
  • Anderson Klein Swan & Brewster
  • Blessing Construction
  • Boogarts
  • Bow & Arrow Boutique
  • Brice Krohn
  • Broadfoot Sand & Gravel
  • Buffalo County Emergency Management
  • Buzz’s Marine
  • CHI Health Good Samaritan Hospital
  • City Plumbing
  • Contemporary Obstetrics & Gynecology
  • Culligan
  • Dave Waggoner Plumbing & Heating, Inc.
  • Daylight Donuts
  • DTC Construction
  • Duane Franzluebbers
  • Ed Broadfoot & Sons
  • Gail’s Funnel Cakes

Copper continued

  • Graham Tire
  • Hangries Food Truck
  • Heartland Surgery Center
  • Hellman Main Coslor & Kathol PC.
  • Jack Lederman Co.
  • Johnson Imperial Home Co.
  • Kearney Ambulatory
  • Local Kearney Boy Scout & Cub Scout Troups
  • Louie Stithem
  • Mason Lammers
  • Michelle Lewis
  • Mid-States Irrigation of Kearney
  • Parker Grossart & Bahensky, LLP
  • Pat McLaughlin
  • Pizza Hut/GIPH Restaurants LLC
  • Precision Import Repair
  • Quality Appraisers and Consulting Service
  • Roger Jasnoch
  • Richardson Concessions LLC/Tropical Snow
  • Scott Bazata
  • Tillotson Enterprises, Inc.
  • Tim Shada

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