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Obstacle Course Making Debut at Chadron State Park

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Disc golf will be one stage of the Crooked Arrow Obstacle Course at Chadron State Park, a new event for the community’s Fur Trade Days celebration. (NEBRASKAland Magazine/Justin Haag)

Chadron State Park is introducing a new event to Chadron’s Fur Trade Days line-up. The Crooked Arrow Obstacle Course will challenge participants on a fun-filled route.

The event will be Sunday, July 13, at 1 p.m. at the baseball field west of the park’s headquarters. It is open to participants of all ages, who can choose to race individually or in teams of two to four contestants.

Gregg Galbraith, park superintendent, said each entry will be timed while dodging a variety of obstacles and showing their skills at three stations – archery, disc golf and casting. Participants will be allowed to advance to the next station after three tries, or upon hitting the respective target.

Galbraith said the obstacle course will serve as a substitute for the annual Kiwanis Fur Trade Regatta, a canoe race that has been suspended this year because the park’s pond has been drained for renovation. Similar to the regatta, the obstacle course has a goal of challenging participants while sharing some laughs, he said.

People may sign up to race the day of the event. The activity is free and open to the public and the park will provide free watermelon at the park’s Trading Post that afternoon. Vehicles must have a park entry permit, available online at outdoornebraska.org or at the park’s entrance.

About Justin Haag

Justin Haag has served the Commission as a public information officer in the Panhandle since 2013. His duties include serving as regional editor for NEBRASKAland Magazine. Haag was raised in southwestern Nebraska, where he developed a love for fishing, hunting and other outdoor pursuits. After earning a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Chadron State College in 1996, he worked four years as an editor and reporter at newspapers in Chadron and McCook. Prior to joining the Commission in 2013, he worked 12 years as a communicator at Chadron State, serving as the institution’s media and public relations coordinator the last five. He and his wife, Cricket, live in Chadron, and have two children.

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