Outdoor Files: Father's Day weekend


We are approaching Father’s Day weekend and the state parks calendar is full of events like a Father’s day breakfast and lunch buffet at Platte River State Park or a noon fish fry at Ponca.

The headliners this weekend include the 26th annual Ash Hollow Pageant. This is a Friday or Saturday afternoon-evening event including an outdoor cookout. Bring your blankets, lawn chairs, maybe some bug spray for the pageant which consists of skits, songs and readings based on pioneer diaries. Ash Hollow historical park is located just west of Lake McConaughy, a few miles south of Lewellen.

Moving to the central sandhills, Fort Hartsuff is a well preserved plains fort consisting of 9 lime concrete buildings authentically furnished. It is just off highway 11 a few miles about midway between Ord and Burwell. On Father’s Day afternoon of music starts at 3 PM. Smithsonian Institute historians and musicians Bob and Sheila Everhart will perform a program called How Western Music Won The West. The program is free though you’ll need that daily or annual park pass.

Saturday evening the 16th, Niobrara State Park will have a buffalo cookout followed by a National Parks Service program called ‘Steamboat on the Missouri River’. For more on these and other future events, go to and click open the calendar tab.

A volunteer program has been created to help keep landscapes litter free at Lakes McConaughy and Ogallala. It’s called the Adopt A Beach. Learn more, enroll by visiting the lake McConaughy Visitors Center.

It’s a ways off, but a Becoming An Outdoor Family weekend is planned at Ponca State Park August 3rd through 5th. It is designed for new and novice families looking to get started in camping. Fishing, hiking, horseback riding, cooking, archery, kayaking just some of the other skills taught. Learn more, register at

Until next week I’m Ralph Wall reminding you time outdoors is time well spent.

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