Crane Watch Festival


Get ready for this year's Crane Watch Festival with the following activities:

  • "LEGO my Crane" competition where the Crane drop off will be this Saturday, March 16, with the winner's announced on Tuesday, March 26, at 6:00 p.m. at the Kearney Public Library.
  • Liftoff Luncheon on Friday, March 22, at the Younes Conference Center, featuring Nebraska native photographer Tom Mangelsen. More information about Tom is available from his website:
  • The Gibbon "Crane Watcher's Breakfast" is always a popular tradition. It will be Saturday, March 23, from 7:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. at the Gibbon American Legion.
  • Our newest, and perhaps most popular event, is the "Heatin' Up the Bricks" events on Saturday, March 23, from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at the Buffalo County Fairgrounds. This is a Kansas City BBQ Society sanctioned event!
  • Minden gets involved by hosting their "Lion's Club Pancake Feed" on Sunday, March 24, from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., at the Kearney County Fairgrounds in Minden
  • The "Rotary Spaghetti Spectacular" occurs on Monday, March 25, from 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at the Ramada Inn in Kearney
  • Flock the Bricks is our connection to Downtown Kearney "The Bricks". Businesses will be open and special events will happen throughout the evening, from 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. in Downtown Kearney.

Of course, there are Daily Events, and many more activities throughout the week. For the complete list of events, check out the website: