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Ash Hollow pageant

A regional cast delivers performances that give visitors to the Ash Hollow Pageant a glimpse to the past. (NEBRASKAland Magazine/Julie Geiser)

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. –  The 26 annual Ash Hollow Historical Pageant at Ash Hollow State Historical Park (SHP) will be on stage Friday, June 15 and Saturday, June 16, giving park visitors a glimpse back in time with live performances of The Great Cowboy Race; Chadron to Chicago a celebration of the pioneer spirit.

The event has a regional cast and band of lively volunteers that will tell a panhandle story of endurance, horses, horsemanship, and the great western cowboy, which is different than past performances of the Oregon, Mormon and California trail journey.

Start the evening off with a Chuck Wagon Supper of roast beef sandwiches, beans, cabbage salad and fry bread at 5 p.m. MT followed by the pageant performance outside at the base of the Ash Hollow bluffs at 6:30 p.m. MT. Supper is $10 for adults and $6 for children. The performances are free. Visitors should bring blankets or folding chairs to enjoy the evening on the Mormon Trail.

Plan to come early to Ash Hollow SHP and check out the visitor’s center, open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. MT. Visit the Ash Hollow cave, the rock school house, Windlass Hill, the sod house and the Rachel Pattison Grave at Ash Hollow Cemetery.

The park is located south of Lewellen on Highway 26. For more information contact the Ash Hollow SHP at 308-778-5651. The area is handicap-accessible and a Park Entry Permit is required.

About julie geiser

Julie Geiser is a Public Information Officer and NEBRASKAland Regional Editor based out of North Platte, where she was born and still happily resides. Geiser worked for the commission previously for over 10 years as an outdoor education instructor – teaching people of all ages about Nebraska’s outdoor offerings. She also coordinates the Becoming an Outdoors Woman program for Nebraska Game and Parks Commission (NGPC). Geiser went on to work in marketing and writing an outdoor column for the North Platte Telegraph before returning to NGPC in her current position. She loves spending time outdoors with her family and getting others involved in her passions of hunting, fishing, camping, boating, hiking and enjoying Nebraska’s great outdoors.

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