BROKEN BOW – The Sandhills Journey National Scenic Byway (SJNSB) annual conference is scheduled for Saturday, January 21 at the One Box Convention Center in Broken Bow.
The conference’s theme is “Sunny Days, Starry Nights,” and will last most of the 21, punctuated by a morning and afternoon of free and open-to-the-public events.
Starting at 11 a.m., the Byway will hold its annual business meeting. At 1 p.m., the Byway Showcase will open, which features 17 vendors from central and western Nebraska, the Byway’s primary turf. They include the Mullen Art Center, the Grand Island Visitors Center, and Chandler’s Honey of Anselmo, as well as businesses from Ashby, Ansley, and Bingham, to name only a handful. The showcase will be open to browsing and buying until 5 p.m.
At 2 p.m., Gerri Proctor from the Nebraska National Forest will provide an update regarding the recovery process for the Halsey Forest in the aftermath of October’s Bovee Fire, and will be followed by a presentation on Nebraska tourism from the Nebraska Tourism Commission.
The conference’s social hour will begin at 5 p.m., and dinner will be served at 6, catered by Smoken Hot of Merna. Tickets for the banquet are $25 and can be reserved by calling (308) 430-0786. Tickets for the banquet must be reserved by Monday, January 16.