Concert Lineup Completed
Two distinctive singer/songwriters have been added to the 2015 US Cellular Summer Jam Concert Series lineup. Colt Ford will open for Florida-Georgia Line on Saturday, June 27th, while Will Hoge will serve as support for Thomas Rhett on Friday, June 26th.
Ford’s unique mix of country and hip-hop rhythms make him one of the most unique artists in the industry. He’s cut his tour teeth with the likes of Toby Keith, and has partnered with a who’s who list of artists on album tracks. “I’m just blessed to be able to play music,” he says. “Every artist who gets to do this for a living should thank their lucky stars, be humble and grateful.
“I just set out to make the best songs I can make, try to be honest and this is what comes out. I write about things I know about, things I’ve done or things someone else did while I was standing there… Like, hey, hold my beer and watch this!”
Will Hoge is a known quantity as a singer/songwriter in Nashville, but has yet to achieve the commercial success many predicted. His ninth project, Never Give In, reflects his range as an artist. “In both my career and personal life, I’ve had a million chances to walk away or quit,” says Will, a married father of two. “But with this project, there is a sense of pride and ownership that we—the band, our families and our fans—have taken, and that mentality is about never giving in. It represents where we all are, artistically and in our lifestyles.”
Tickets for the NEBRASKAland DAYS US Cellular Summer Jam Concert Series are available at www.nebraskalanddays.com. The combo price for both shows is $89. That price will be good through March 31, when prices return to their normal price of $59 for Florida-Georgia Line with Colt Ford and $39 for Thomas Rhett with Will Hoge.
Parade Route Altered for 2015
The route for one of the largest events during NEBRASKAland DAYS will be altered this year as the City of North Platte and the State of Nebraska conduct a construction project on part of the traditional route. NEBRASKAland DAYS on Parade will still head West down 4th Street, but it will turn South on Dewey for this year as crews will reconstruct Jeffers from First to Sixth Streets this Summer.
“We’ve talked about this a lot in the last 18 months because we knew the project was coming,” says Executive Director David Fudge. “We consulted with the City and the State and jointly decided that Dewey was the best option.”
The route will conclude at H Street, at which point Parade entries will be routed East. At that point the entries can disperse back to their origin.
“We understand this new route will be a bit of an adjustment for everyone involved,” says Fudge. “We’re hopeful that those impacted will understand our predicament this year.”
NEBRASKAland DAYS to Build Permanent Home
North Platte Community College Building Program Key Contributor
David Fudge, Executive Director of NEBRASKAland DAYS, announced that construction has begun on a new permanent operations offices and NLD headquarters to be located at on the west side of the Wild West Arena in the northern area of North Platte.
According to David, NEBRASKAland DAYS celebration officials have envisioned placing their offices at the Arena for decades. And now, thanks to a visionary NLD Board of Directors and a newly created partnership with North Platte Community College’s Second Year Building Construction program, the new permanent office is projected to be completed in time for the 2015 Celebration. “Having our primary office functions out at the arena will really be a huge advantage from an operations standpoint,” said Fudge. “The amount of time we spend driving back and forth from our current office to the arena is really mind boggling.”
The 3000 foot structure will be placed to the West of the Pavilion, and should serve the needs of the Celebration for decades to come.
The project would not be possible without the contributions of North Platte Community College, which will provide the labor for the construction. According to Dr. Jody Tomanek, Area VP of Academic Affairs, the partnership came at a good time. “Our second year building construction students have already completed the construction of a house and they are excited to be building yet another structure,” she said. “The college crew will basically build the walls and enclose the new office building. Then NLD’s subs will do the all the rough in work. Then the students will come back and do the interior walls, and finish work. It will be a hands-on real-world experience working with a true client.” It will be an excellent teaching and learning experience, she added.
According to David, construction footings, foundation, power, water and sewer systems have been placed and it’s now time to get the structure built and enclosed before winter sets in. “The College’s contribution to our facility is the reason we can make this project work,” he said. “Without them we simply wouldn’t be able to make this happen.”
AMERICAN BUS ASSOCIATION NAMES NEBRASKAland DAYS
ONE OF NORTH AMERICA’S 100 BEST EVENTS FOR 2015
The American Bus Association (ABA) announced today that NEBRASKAland DAYS 2015, scheduled for June 17-27, 2015, has been designated as one of the Top 100 Events in North America for 2015 by an experienced
expert tourism industry selection committee. Inclusion in the Top 100 list, published as a supplement to the September/October issue of Destinations magazine, indicates that NEBRASKAland DAYS offers excellent entertainment
value to both tour groups and individual travelers from around the world, according to ABA.
With the release of the American Bus Association’s 2015 Top 100 Events in North America, ABA celebrates 33 years of the program. What began as a way for motorcoach operators to incorporate new product into their itineraries has grown to one of the most sought-after lists by travel professionals, motorcoach operators and the general public. “The attractiveness of NEBRASKAland DAYS as a don’t-miss entertainment value is only part of why its selection this
year is such a distinction for NEBRASKAland DAYS,” said Peter J. Pantuso, CTIS, ABA’s president and CEO. “The real news here is that NEBRASKAland DAYS has been recognized as a potential magnet for tourism dollars, at a time
when reenergizing domestic tourism is so important to our spirit and our economy. The honor gives NEBRASKAland DAYS an important boost in visibility among professional tour planners.”
According to studies completed by researchers at Dunham and Associates, one overnight visit by a motorcoach group can leave up to $25,000 in a local destination’s economy. Those dollars are spent on lodging, meals, admissions, fees, shopping, souvenirs, services and local taxes. “Tour groups spend more and stay longer,” Pantuso said. “That’s why NEBRASKAland DAYS is truly a local economic asset. There is no better way to jump-start tourism than to attract motorcoach groups to a great event and convince them to extend their stay.”
ABA’s 2015 Top 100 Events Selection Committee selected NEBRASKAland DAYS from hundreds of event nominations submitted by ABA members. Judges considered the event’s broad appeal, its accessibility to motorcoaches and skill at handling large groups, and a variety of other relevant criteria.
Nebraska Tourism Wins Award with NLD Themed Ad
A print advertisement created for the Nebraska Tourism Commission has received a Professional Silver ADDY award from the American Advertising Federation – Nebraska. The ad, produced by advertising agency Bailey Lauerman, was designed to promote the 50th anniversary of NEBRASKAland Days June 18-28 in North Platte. The ad was strategically placed in collateral materials for the National Western Stock Show recently held in Denver.
“As a key sponsor of the National Western Stock Show we are provided opportunities to promote attractions and events that fit well within the targeted demographics of the NWSS,” Nebraska Tourism’s Executive Director Kathy McKillip said. “This year was a special opportunity to show and shine as we utilized additional efforts to enhance NEBRASKAland Days’ 50th Anniversary, which is a uniquely special event for Nebraska.”
McKillip presented a framed copy of the award winning ad today to NEBRASKAland Days board members and North Platte Convention and Visitors Bureau staff.
“We are just tickled that the creative partnership that we share and embrace with our Bailey Lauerman team resulted in receiving this award,” McKillip said. “But more importantly, it brings attention to Nebraska Tourism and NEBRASKAland Days.”
“We’re very fortunate to have friends like the Nebraska Tourism Commission and the Lincoln County Visitors Bureau,” said Executive Director David Fudge. “Both organizations have been exceptional as we reach our 50th Celebration. The National Western Ad was one of two that Nebraska Tourism has commissioned that highlight NEBRASKAland DAYS, and we’re honored that they’ve chosen to do so.” The other ad appeared in the January edition of Cowboy’s and Indians Magazine.
The Silver ADDY awards are presented by the AAF Lincoln and Omaha chapters to recognize professional-quality work produced in Nebraska.