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Goats, gourds and good times

October 22, 2011

The weather is supposed to be fantastic for a late October day tomorrow. Here’s hoping it doesn’t result in people getting tied up in yard work and not heading out to special activities. There’s plenty going on tomorrow (because it’s not in conflict with today’s Husker-Gopher game). Here are two events in particular, involving goats, gourds and good times.

Victory Hill Farm goat dairy and cheese production facility is having its first Victoberfest fall celebration. The site tours, animal viewing, farmers market, penny carnival and music begin at 11 a.m. (Head north on Highway 71 out of Scottsbluff until you get to Victory Hill School on your left, turn left and go about a half-mile. The farm is on your right.) I recommend heading out there right at 11 so you can spend a couple of hours there and leave before the goats get tired.

I don’t know if the goats will actually get tired. That’s just an excuse so you’ll go to my museum’s event later in the day.

At 1 p.m., you can head over to the North Platte Valley Museum in Gering for the museum’s birthday party.

To get there from Victory Hill, head back south on Highway 71, and keep heading south, all the way down Avenue I in Scottsbluff and Five Rocks Road in Gering. Turn left at the four-way stop at M Street. Just across from the Civic Center, turn right on 11th Street (there’s a small green sign) and continue a few blocks until you see the museum on your left. (If you’re coming from downtown Gering, keep heading south in the right lane of 10th Street. When you find yourself in a right turn lane – you’re there!)

There will be rare tours of the museum archive, “living mannequins” in the exhibits to tell small pieces of the story of history, kids’ party games, 1960s memorabilia and classic cars on display, and “Rowena cake.”

There will also be opportunities to purchase gourd art at auction to benefit the museum (Christmas is coming – need a unique gift?).

From 1 to 3 p.m., each museum visitor will get a ticket to vote on their favorite gourd decorated by area high school students, and those gourds will be for sale via silent auction.

Here are a couple of those high school gourds

At 3 p.m., Garry Alkire will be live auctioning the community artist gourds (should be entertaining – Garry is a great auctioneer). Be ready to react quickly – there are 27 gourds to auction in an hour, so it’ll go fast.) Here are a couple of the community gourds.

(Make sure to bring your checkbook or a good wad of cash if you plan to bid. The museum cannot accept credit cards.)

Good times!

UPDATE: North Platte Valley Museum permanently closed in 2013 to join forces with the former Farm And Ranch Museum to become Legacy of the Plains Museum at 2930 Old Oregon Trail in Gering. See the Legacy of the Plains Museum website for the most recent updates.

Copyright 2011 by Katie Bradshaw

One Comment leave one →
  1. October 23, 2011 10:41 am

    I’ll be there–living & sharing!

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