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Fort Robinson Christmas Dinner Celebrating 20 Years

The lodge at Fort Robinson State Park shines brightly during the holidays. (NEBRASKAland/Justin Haag)
The lodge at Fort Robinson State Park shines brightly during the holidays. (NEBRASKAland/Justin Haag)

The 20th annual Historical Christmas Dinner at Fort Robinson State Park is set for Saturday, Dec. 6. To mark the special anniversary, the dinner’s theme will step back 100 years with attire and the menu from the 1914 Christmas dinner at the Fort.

Only 200 tickets will be sold for the dinner, and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 8 a.m. Monday, Nov. 3. Tickets will be available by cash or check at the Fort Robinson State Park office, the Chadron Chamber of Commerce office, and Rea’s Market in Harrison. Because of the high demand, there is a limit of four tickets per household.

It’s not required but guests are encouraged to dress in 1914 attire. The meal will be served 15 minutes after doors open at 6 p.m. Adding to the event’s festive atmosphere will be the park’s holiday lights, which will be turned on just prior to the dinner and stay lit each evening until Jan. 1, 2015.

The Christmas dinner is a cooperative project of various entities, including Fort Robinson State Park, the Nebraska Historical Museum, and the communities of Crawford, Chadron, Harrison and Whitney.

Anyone interested in volunteering to help with the Christmas dinner or sponsoring decorations for one of the historical buildings may contact the Fort Robinson State Park office at 308-665-2900.

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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