Events and Results!
Information about our events may be found below. If you do not find the information you need, please contact our office by phone at 402-727-9428 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Information is also available on our Facebook page at John C Fremont Days.
The 2016 Schedule of Events may be found here.
Main Stage Entertainment
Live music begins on Friday night and continues throughout Saturday and Saturday night! Located on 3rd and Park Streets. No minors are allowed after 7:00 p.m. The feature bands for 2016 can be found by clicking here!
Cruisers on Main Car & Bike Show
The “Cruisers on Main” car, truck and bike show is one of the largest in the area! Hundreds of entries (432 in 2016) fill downtown Fremont. 187 trophies were awarded in 2016. Stop downtown during the festival and take in the show, have a cold beer in the Beer Garden, and browse downtown Fremont’s unique shops.
“Best of” trophies awarded in 2016 were:
Mayor’s Choice – sponsored by John C. Fremont Days – Wilma Updike, Fremont, NE – 1946 Chevy Panel
Salute to Our Troops – sponsored by Daul Auto Service – Brad Tuttle, Louisville, NE – 1929 Ford Pickup
Firefighters Choice – sponsored by Gary Morris – Al Peters, Omaha, NE – 1957 Chevy Nomad
Policeman’s Choice – Brad & Sally Muhs, Fremont, NE – 1937 Chevy Impala
Volunteer’s Choice – Kirby Drake, Avoca, IA – 1969 Plymouth Roadrunner
Best Interior – Sponsored by Fremont Area Businesses – Gary Wilbishuser, Omaha, NE 1961 Chevy Impala
Best Engineered – sponsored by CT Engine & Chasis Builders – Terry Greer, Omaha, NE – 1967 Ford Fairlane
Best Engine – sponsored by Fremont Area Businesses – Colleen Hubbaro South Bend, NE – 1934 Ford 5 Window Coupe
Best Paint – Carole Enfield, North Bend, NE – 1950 Mercury Coupe
Mopar Dealer Choice – sponsored by Gene Steffy Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram – Greg Hoge, Fremont, NE – 1937 Plymouth 2 Door Sedan
Ford Dealer Choice – sponsored by Charlie Diers Ford Lincoln – Rita Cernin Goree, Fremont, NE- 1966 Ford Mustang
GM Dealer Choice – sponsored by Sid Dillon Auto Dealerships – Rod Sherman, Fremont, NE – 1937 Chevy Coupe
Best of Show – Truck – sponsored by Fremont Area Businesses – Sue Miller, Council Bluffs, IA – 1981 Chevy Pickup
Best of Show – Car – sponsored by The Trophy Case – Greg & Deb Allen, Omaha, NE – 1935 Ford Coupe
Dunbar Street Cruisers Monster Trophy – sponsored by Dunbar Street Cruisers – Barry Caughlin, Elkhorn, NE – 1951 Ford Custom
Structural Components Monster Trophy – sponsored by Structural Components Systems – Dave Underwood, Omaha, NE – 1950 Oldsmobile 88 Convertible
Goree Excavating Monster Trophy – sponsored by Goree Excavating – Roger Kuhn, Louisville, NE – 1947 Ford Super Deluxe Coupe
Steenblock Erectors Monster Trophy – Sponsored by Steenblock Erectors – Steve Peck, Elkhorn, NE – 1932 Ford HiBoy
Best of Show Motorcycle – Sponsored by Dillon Brothers Harley-Davidson, Dillon Brothers MotorSports and Johnson Cycle – David Peterson, Council Bluffs, IA – 2012 Harley Davidson Street Glide
Historic Encampments Clemmons Park is the highlight of the festival! Union and Confederate Camps, Buckskinner and Trader Camps, 1800′s era working Blacksmith, Indian Camp with 18 foot tepee, Indian Fry Bread Taco and Food Stand, Viking Encampment, WWII Camp, Medieval and Renaissance Society Encampment and much more!
Historic tours of Nye Avenue and Barnard Park are also available. The Shadows of Fremont” Haunted Sites Tours will make a comeback in 2016. Check the Schedule of Events for times. Tickets are required for the tours. You may obtain them by stopping by our offices beginning July 1.
Arts, Crafts and Vendor Fair
Arts, crafts, face painters, and a wide variety of Vendors fill John C. Fremont City Park. The vendor spaces are sold out for 2016.
Join us for homemade root beer, kettle corn, and a variety of events in the park throughout the weekend!
The parade is a big hit on Sunday! Thousands line Main Street as local dignitaries, armed services, community groups and businesses share candy, water and their message with the community! Arrive early to secure a spot! The parade beings at 1:30.
The entry dealine for the parade is July 1. We cannot accept entries after that date.
Best Business Entry – Miller Pharmacy
Best Religious Entry – Trinity Lutheran
Best Historical Entry – Sinai Lutheran
Best Overall Entry – Archbishop Bergan High School Band
Ridge Road Run
The Ridge Road Run is one of the best events at John C. Fremont Days! Select from a 2 or 5 mile option. Entry information for 2017 will be available soon. Online registration will be available in the spring.
Complete results for the 2016 Ridge Road Run may be found here.
2 Mile – Male
- John Irwin, 11:42
- Pat Poehling 12:43
2 Mile – Female
- Kimberly VanBuskirk, 14:14
- Jillian Kiefer, 15:44
5 Mile – Male
- Alex Rolhfs, 30:52
- Riley Vitamvas, 31:57
5 Mile – Female
- Kayle Fenske, 33:30
- Stacey Buckley, 34:17
Sand Volleyball Tournament
The Co-ed Sand Volleyball Tournament is held in Clemmons Park. Register early! A limited number of teams can be accepted. Results from the 2016 tournament will be posted soon!
The Rodeo will be held Friday July 8th & Saturday July 9th at Christensen Field beginning at 7:30pm. You will see some of the top cowboys in the country matched against the top stock in the Midwest. Events will include: Bareback Riding; Saddle Bronc Riding; Comedy Acts; Barrel Racing; Bull Riding, Bull Fighting and Muttin Bustin’.
Adults $13.00 in advance or $15.00 at the gate.
Children and under may enter without charge.
Children’s Park at Midland University
Face painting, live chess, painting, balloons, concessions and much more! Join the hundreds of kids having a great time from 9:00 until 1:00 Saturday! All events are free, and the concessions, provided by First Baptist Church, are very reasonably priced.
Middle School Pool Party
7:30 – 9:30 p.m. Friday evening for students including upcoming 5th grade through 8th grade at Splash Station, Fremont’s Family Fun Pool. The pool will be open for swimming. Admission $2.00. No Pool passes accepted. (This is a lock in. Once in, students cannot leave before 9:30p.m. without a parent). Hosted by Friends of Fremont Area Parks.
Tractor Pull for Kids
Registration starts at 9:00 a.m. and Pull begins at 10:00 a.m. for ages 4-12, Midland University Parking lot 9th & Clarkson Street. Sponsored by Fremont Noon Kiwanis Club.
The 2016 winners may be found here.
8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Saturday High Schoolers bowl for FREE, including shoe rental for upcoming 9th – 12th graders at Thirty Bowl, 1205 E. 23rd Street. Sponsored by Thirty Bowl.
Little Miss Fremont Pageant
Registration begins the last day of school in May. Check back here for the official date. The entry fee is $10 and you must register in person at VW Photography. Business hours are Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. You will be given further information when you register. There is NO JUDGING for this pageant. The winner & runner-up are drawn at random. We are also seeking costume donations or costume loans. If you’ve had a child in the pageant in the past and no longer have use for your costume, please let us know. If you have any questions, please contact Diane or Vance at (402) 721-8980.
The 2016 winner and runner-up are pictured below.
The Runner-up is Audrey Keyser (on left) and the Winner is Claire Prell (on right).
Photo courtesy of VW Photography.
A variety of food vendors are located through out the festival! Our food courts are located in John C. Fremont City Park and Downtown Fremont. As we confirm vendors, we will be updating the list here.
The Food Vendor Application for 2017 will be posted in the near future.
SPAM Cooking Contest
Perfect your favorite SPAM recipe and enter. Our contest is one of the largest SPAM Cooking Contests in the country. The recipes and creative and delicious. Join us to witness the judging Saturday at 10:00 and congratulate the winners!
The SPAM Cooking Contest entry form for 2017 will be posted in the near future.
Lynn Albright, Norwalk, CT – 1st place – $100
Laura Duensing, Lincoln, NE – 2nd place – $75
Patty Hirschman, Fremont, NE – 3rd place – $50
Grant Gibson, Fremont, NE – 4th place – $25
We once again hosted a Cornhole Tournament on Saturday, July 9th at the Beer Garden in 2016! The registration for 2017 will be posted soon.
28 teams participated.
In the semifinals – Top Seed and undefeated John Bubbert & Rob Mumm were upset 2-1 by Corey Brown & Trent Winn. Kevin Barnes & David Wulf advanced 2-0 vs. Cody Warden & Matt Rayl
In the finals – Barnes & Wulf battled back in the 2nd set to even the match at 1-1, and defeated Brown & Winn 2-1 to claim their 2nd JCF title.