Press Release 5/1/2020: NEBRASKAland DAYS has announced the postponement of the 2020 state celebration. Organizers hope to produce the Buffalo Bill Rodeo and other events later in the summer, and are working through rescheduling the concert series for 2021.
Those who have purchased tickets to this year’s events will have a couple options, including holding them for the rescheduled dates or receiving a full refund of the face value of the ticket. The refund period will be announced in the coming days as organizers finalize the process with their vendor.
“We’ve held out as long as we thought we could in hopes that we’d be in a position to get the festival produced in its normal time slot,” said Executive Director David Fudge. “But it’s unrealistic at this point to think we’ll be able to get it in.”
NEBRASKAland DAYS has been actively engaged in conversations with a number of national, state, and local representatives over the course of the last 7 weeks and has worked a number of scenarios to try and make the best decisions the group could make.
NEBRASKAland DAYS has run for 55 consecutive years since it was founded by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. It was moved to North Platte in 1968. Each year it draws visitors from all corners of Nebraska and throughout the midwest. It has an economic impact of over $21.5 million.
“Aside from the benefit to our local business community, several community organizations raise a significant amount of their yearly budgets through activities scheduled around the festival,” said Fudge. “That really weighed heavily on us. Those organizations do a lot of good work in our community.”
Over the course of next few months NEBRASKAland DAYS will continue to communicate with our ticket holders, sponsors, and affiliate event organizers to try and reconstruct as much of the 2020 Festival as possible.”We’re going to go through the process of rescheduling then hope conditions improve enough so we can get together again,” said Fudge.