The Beemer Play Daze is held annually the fourth weekend in July. The event is sponsored by the Beemer Community Club, with help from several other organizations such as the Volunteer Fire and Rescue, the Firefighters Auxiliary, and the American Legion and its Auxiliary. Most of the activities take place along Main St. in Beemer or in the Beemer Park. Visit Beemer Nebraska's facebook page for more information! IMG_1253
 
 
West Point’s Fourth of July celebration is a fun family event that is capped with one of the top fireworks shows in the area. The day traditionally includes games for kids, horseshoe pitching contests, bingo, baseball games, a ranch rodeo or cattle penning event, and sometimes a musical act or two. It’s also the day the West Point Chamber of Commerce serves its annual BBQ, offering beef and pork sandwiches for a reasonable price. Shortly before dusk, the park fills with people anxious to watch the night sky light up. West Point’s Volunteer Fire Department, with the assistance of other volunteers, handles the annual fireworks show.
 
iStock_000035928102LargeOne of the top county fairs in Nebraska takes place in August of each year in West Point: The Cuming County Fair. It’s traditionally held Thursday-Sunday, the second week of August. It’s a 4-day shebang full of 4-H events, open class shows and a variety of entertainment. The best part is that admission prices to the fairgrounds are “family friendly,” and once inside all the shows and activities are free. The fair offers grandstand shows on at least two nights, two or three tractor pulls, a baseball tournament, horse shows, livestock shows, commercial exhibits, a midway full of rides and concessions, and local stands offering a variety of food that will leave you wanting more.
 
 
Each July for more than 10 years now, hundreds of people have gathered on the West Point-Beemer High School football field and track for the Cuming County Relay for Life. The American Cancer Society Relay For Life is an event that gives everyone in communities a chance to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease. The relay involves a Survivor’s Lap, Luminaria Ceremony and a Fight Back ceremony. It’s become an event that residents from across the county have come to embrace and support. Participants often join teams, which adopt a team name or theme, and then hold various fundraisers to raise money for cancer research.
 
iStock_000009834143MediumBilled as the largest one-day car show in the Mid-America, West Point’s “Last Fling ‘til Spring” show has been a tradition for more than 30 years. The car enthusiast’s dream come true annually attracts between 600 and 700 custom, classic, and antique cars, trucks and motorcycles. The vehicles and the thousands of people they attract fill West Point’s downtown business district for one afternoon each fall, the third Sunday of September. The event provides shopping for your whims and promises a day of fun for the entire family. There is live entertainment, a model car contest, craft show, swap meet in the park, vendors selling T-shirts, food and drink, car-related merchandise, and more.
 
 
Wisner has gone extreme in truck and tractor pulling, having hosted an annual pull since 2004. That pull has been voted “Pull of the Year” each year by the Outlaw Truck and Tractor Pulling Association. The event is titled “Thunder by the River,” which is fitting since the event is held at Wisner River Park and brings a thunderous array of pulling action. A local group of volunteers head up the Thunder by the River Executive Committee which does all the legwork to organize such a tremendous event for the City of Wisner. The event is traditionally held the third weekend in August and has been labeled as the “Bowling Green of the West” by many associated with the pulling association.
 
 
With a proud Irish heritage, the City of Wisner hosts an annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration that is in direct rivalry with neighboring O’Neill for top Irish celebration in the state. The event is held in the proximity of March 17, generally the weekend following the holiday. Events held include: a parade, fun run-walk, Irish meal and dance, king and queen coronation, and many other events for both young and old.
 
 
Held in either late June or early July, the annual Wisner Jr. Livestock Show and Wisner Lions Club Rodeo are hits in this part of Nebraska. The livestock show features plenty of 4-H competitions for kids, a hot dog eating contest, a barbecue, a road rally, a poker run, junk wars, and plenty of other activities, as well as top musical entertainment. The rodeo involves two shows that take place the Friday and Saturday of the Jr. Livestock Show. Top local and area cowboys take part in McKay Rodeo competition. The event features a Saturday drawing in which one lucky ticket-holder drives off in a new vehicle. Also featured are the famous Lions Club burgers, which are grilled and served both nights.

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