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Events and Results

2017 Events

Updated 6/15/17

Check back regularly, new events to be added as details are confirmed! Application forms for events can be found here!

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Thursday Kickoff Lunch

Thursday, 11a.m.–1p.m., Great Western Bank (23rd & Lincoln)
Free Firehouse Subs sample sandwiches, chips and cookies provided by Outer Limits Bar & Grill in Valley and No Where Special in Linwood.


Chautauqua Tent Events

Link to full Chautauqua Tent Schedule

Little Miss Fremont Pageant

Little Miss Fremont Winner and Runner-upRegistration 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. 2017 Entry Form

The 2016 winner and runner-up are pictured.

Battle of the Bands

Friday, July 14 – 7:30 p.m. at the Chautauqua Tent – Winner will receive a free day of recording at Archetype Recording. ($350 value)

Antique Fremont Show

Saturday, July 15 – 4 p.m. at the Chautauqua Tent – Jared Aberico, antique assessor and David Sullivan, host


Cruisers on Main Car & Bike Show

Saturday, 8a.m.-4p.m. Downtown Fremont
Trophy presentation to follow show. Entry fee $20.00, Contact John Kennedy 402-941-1254 by July first for pre-registration or sign up day of show at show central which will be well marked. Don’t miss this event over 400 entries each year. It’s a walk down memory lane.


Historical Community Events

Nye Avenue Historical Tour

Friday, 4:30, 5:30 & 6:30p.m.
Board the tram at Nye Senior Services, 655 W. 23rd Street. Free advance tickets required. ALL TOURS ARE FULL.

Barnard Park Historical Tour

Saturday, 4:30, 5:30 & 6:30p.m.
Board the tram at Barnard Park, 6th & Clarkson. Tour the historical areas of Barnard Park and the Downtown Historical District. Free advance tickets required. ALL TOURS ARE FULL.

Shadows of Fremont Tours

Friday, 8, 9, 10 & 11p.m.,
Board the tram at the John C Fremont City Park at 8th and Main. $10 advance tickets required. Available at the John C. Fremont Days office, 218 E. 4th St., Monday-Friday from 1-5p.m. beginning July 1, or at the information booth during the festival, if still available.

TICKETS: $10 – can be purchased at Premier Staffing, 415 E. 6th St., Monday thru Friday 8a.m. – 5p.m. beginning July 3rd.

Underground Railroad, Nebraska stop

Saturday, 1pm May Brothers Building (6th & Park Ave.)
Presented by Barry Jurgensen and Arlington HS History students. No ticket necessary, limited seating.

Third Party Politics, 1840-1860

Saturday, 2:30pm May Brothers Building (6th & Park Ave.)
Presented by Don Cunningham. No ticket necessary, limited seating.


Historical Community Parade

Sunday July 16, 1:30p.m. Downtown Fremont
Parade route begins at 1st & Main, north to 11th Street, then east to Clarkson Street.

Pre-Parade Entertainment

Prior to the Parade on Main St.
Omaha Street Percussion
Kokyo Taiko Japanese Drummers


John C. Fremont City Park

Covered Wagon and Sod House Display

Visit our historic covered wagon and sod house display in the center of John C. Fremont City Park. Display in honor of Nebraska’s 150th Birthday Celebration. Sod House build begins Friday at 9a.

Craft and Vendor Show

Friday 11a.m.-9p.m., Saturday 9a.m.-9p.m.,
Sunday 10a.m.-5p.m.
Outdoor exhibits and vendors throughout the park.

LaRue’s Little Horse Ranch Pony Rides

Friday 11a.m.-Close, Saturday 9a.m.-Close,
Sunday 10a.m.-Close
Rides: $5 ea.

Kid’s Inflatables

Friday 11a.m.-9p.m., Saturday 9a.m.-9p.m.,
Sunday 10a.m.-5p.m.

Fremont Antique Power

Friday 6p.m.-9p.m., Saturday 8a.m.-9p.m.,
Antique engines, tractors and more. West side of park

Spam cooking competition

Saturday, 11a.m.–1p.m., Southeast Corner, (Near 8th & Main Sts.)
Check-in at 10:30a.m., Judging at 11a.m., and Winners announced at Noon. Cash prizes! Register online at www.johncfremontdays.org.

2017 Entry Form, English      2017 Entry Form, Spanish


Food and Food Courts

Friday, 10a.m.-9p.m., Saturday, 9a.m.-9p.m., Sunday, 9a.m.-5p.m.
John C. Fremont City Park (8th and Main Sts.) Sponsored by Hormel Foods Corporation

Cosmopolitan Club Pancake Feed

Saturday, 7a.m.-Noon, Sunday, 7a.m.-Noon
$6: City Auditorium 9th & Broad St. Raffle: $1,000 or Shotgun. 727-1732 for tickets. Drawing Sunday Noon.

Pie Parlor

Friday, 11a.m.-7p.m., Saturday, 11a.m.-7p.m., Sunday, 11a.m.-5p.m.
First United Methodist Church, 815 N. Broad St.

Free Diabetes Testing

Friday, Noon-4p.m., Military and Park Aves.
Free and open to the Public in the Shaw, Hull & Navarette parking lot.
Hosted by the Fremont Cosmopolitan Service Club


Balloon Glow

Friday, Sunset, East of Splash Station
Sponsored by Dodge County Convention & Visitors Bureau & Fairfield Inn & Suites
Bring the family for a spectacular sight and one of the festival’s signature events!


Historic Encampments

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! Click for more information.



The Rodeo will be held Friday July 14th & Saturday July 15th 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’.

Advance Tickets, Adults: $13. Tickets at gate: Adults: $15, Children 12 and under, free. Muttin’ Bustin’ during intermission. Tickets available at JCF Office, 218 E. 4th St. M-F, 1-5p., or at Information Booth during the festival.


Live Music & Spirits


Friday, 8p.m.-Midnight, JCF Beer Garden, 4th & Park Ave.
$5 Cover at the door. Over 21 only.


Saturday, 3-7p.m., JCF Beer Garden, 4th & Park Ave.

Lemon Fresh Day

Saturday, 8p.m.-Midnight, JCF Beer Garden, 4th & Park Ave.
$5 Cover at the door. Over 21 only.


Just For Kids

Middle School Pool Party

Friday, 7:30-9:30p.m., Splash Station
For students who have completed 4th grade through 8th. Doors close at 7:45p.m. The pool will be open for swimming. Admission $3.00. No pool passes accepted. ( Reminder – this is a lock in. Once in, students cannot leave before 10:00pm without a parent) .
Hosted by Friends of the Family Area Parks.

Cosmic Bowling

Saturday, 7-10p.m., Thirty Bowl (1205 E 23rd St.)
FREE bowling and shoe rental for grades 9-12
Sponsored by Thirty Bowl

Free Car Seat Checks

Saturday, 9a.m.-1p.m., Midland University (10th & Clarkson Sts.)
FREE Car Seat Inspections and Installations performed by certified Car Seat Technicians. Appointments suggested, but not required. Call Three Rivers Public Health Dept. at 402-727-5396 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

Children’s Activities

Saturday, 9a.m.-1p.m., Midland University
(Campus Green, 9th & Clarkson St.)
Games for all ages, firetruck rides, dance performances, martial arts demonstrations, face painting, and much more! Most events are free! Concessions are available from Hands for Christ, First Baptist Church.

Performances at Midland University

11a.m. – Rosenbach Warriors Demonstration
Noon – Julie’s Creative Dance Movement

Youth Pedal Pull

Saturday, 10a.m., Midland University Parking Lot (9th & Clarkson St.)
Ages 4-12. Registration begins at 9a.m. Midland University Parking Lot, 9th & Clarkson Street.
Sponsored by the Fremont Kiwanis Club.


Sports For Athletes and Non-athletes

Ridge road run & corporate cup challenge

Saturday, 8a.m., Christensen Field
(16th and Ridge Road Dr., Gate 5 Entrance)
5 Mile Run – 2 Mile Run/Walk – 5 Mile Run – 2 Mile Run/Walk. 6:30-7:30a.m. check-in

Click here for more information.

Bed Races

Saturday, 3p.m., 5th & Park Sts.
Check in at 2p.m. – Races start at 3p.m., in front of Court House.
$20 per team. 5 Person Teams – 4 bed pushers and 1 rider. MUST be 18. Registration due by July 1. Teams can gather in Schweser’s Parking Lot in 6th & Park Click here for Registration Form   Click here for Bed Specs   Click here for Rules.

Sand Volleyball Tournament

Saturday, 10am, Tow Line (State Lakes) — No Parks Sticker Necessary. Click here for Registration Form
Sponsored by Getzschman Heating and Cooling

Cornhole Tournament

Saturday, 1pm, L.A. Fireproof Door Co.

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