Cowboy Fast Draw in Valentine in September
Wednesday, 15 July 2015 07:31
The Sparks Spurs of the National Cowboy Fast Draw Association will host a three day event in Valentine September 18th through the 20th at the Cherry County Fairgrounds. The 18th will be the Nebraska State Championship and the Great Plains Territorial Championships will be held on September 19th and 20. The event is hoping to bring 100 shooters from across the country to compete. The public is welcome to attend and participate if they are a member of the Fast Draw Association.
CFDA has about 70 affiliated clubs across North America and several countries, with over 3,000 members.
Cowboy Fast Draw is a timed sport using single action .45 caliber western style six shooter. Cowboy Fast Draw is done with special .45 colt casings that are modified to accept 209 shotgun primers, with no powder. These alone propel the 18 grain wax bullets at approximately 650 feet per second.
For more information about the Fast Draw Association, go to cowboyfastdraw.com. For more information about how to become involved in the local chapter or the event in September, contact Dean or Nancy Storms.
Niobrara River Open For Business
Tuesday, 14 July 2015 09:34
The Niobrara River is enjoying near-perfect conditions for recreation. Known nationally as one of the best canoeing rivers in the country, the Niobrara National Scenic River (NSR) has been running at optimal water levels for floating, wading, and all around fun.
Saturdays are usually filled with people enjoying the river with friends, while the rest of the week offers a quieter and more family-friendly experience.
The Niobrara NSR Visitor Center, Valentine, is open seven days a week from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. until Labor Day. Each Saturday in the summer, children are invited to enjoy an activity in the visitor center, including making their own “dragonfly,” searching for “fossils” in a mock dig, and more.
Visitors can also join a ranger for Junior Ranger programs each Sunday through August 16th at10:00 a.m. at Smith Falls State Park. These hands-on programs are designed for kids from 6-12, but all are welcome.
For more information, call the Niobrara NSR Visitor Center at 402-376-1901