If you happen to hear the complaint, “There’s nothing to do in Kearney,” remind the complainer about Heritage Day on Saturday at Yanney Park and the Shrine Bowl parade and football game, also on Saturday. The park packs an entire day’s worth of fun family activities into a package that has endured for years.
The Shrine Bowl is an opportunity to enjoy wonderful music from the All-Star Masonic Band, which performs at 5:30 p.m. today at Harmon Park. At 10 a.m. Saturday, you can laugh with the Shriners as they roll through Downtown Kearney: The Bricks during the Shrine Bowl parade. Nebraska’s best high school football players clash at 2 p.m. at the University of Nebraska at Kearney’s Foster Field to help kids receiving care at Shriners hospitals.
If the complaining persists, toss out a few more suggestions. Kearney’s calendar is packed this weekend, according to this list from the Kearney Visitors Bureau:
- The Nebraska Rod and Custom Association is bringing 420 classic vehicles and their owners to Kearney for its annual 600-mile tour. NRCA members will roll out of the parking lot at 7 a.m. at Cunningham’s on the Lake Saturday and Sunday.
- The Junior Hereford Show at the Buffalo County Fairgrounds is a warm-up for folks who enjoy livestock shows and need an appetizer before county fair season begins. An estimated 500-600 people will be here for the Herefords.
- Another 2,000-3,000 are coming for the Kearney Klassic Softball Tournament set to unfold at Harvey Park and Patriot Park.
- The Mr. Basketball Slamfest will attract 1,500 participants to UNK and Kearney Catholic.
- Eighty to 90 young clay shooting enthusiasts will compete at Fort Kearny in the USAYESS State Shoot. The rapidly growing USA Youth Education in Shooting Sports organization nurtures youthful interest in shooting sports, wildlife habitat and conservation programs.
- The World Theatre is screening its 20th annual Animation Show of Shows Saturday and Sunday.
With so many people coming to town for the Shrine Bowl — attendance of 4,000 or more is anticipated — and the NRCA car tour, Slamfest, softball and other events, it’s fortunate there is an assortment of restaurants and 1,800 motel and hotel rooms in Kearney. Visitors are going to need somewhere to eat and sleep.