Annual Community Events

Spring Wing Ding ~
The Spring Wing Ding celebrates the magnificent spring migration of millions
of geese and ducks that settle into our wonderful rain water basin in Clay
County. This festival occurs in early March  with many bus tours to
local marshes, educational seminars, an evening banquet/wildlife auction and
a noon cookout held in the midst of thousands of cackling snow, blue and
whitefront geese. In past years we have had over 500 people from all over the
country take part, and the number grows every year. Wildbird Magazine ranks
this as one of the top 15 areas to visit in the United States. The Nebraska
Game & Parks Commission calls the Clay Center Spring Wing Ding the area's
premier celebration of waterfowl migration. Contact Jennifer Fleischer at
402-762-3524 for further information. See home page at Spring Wing Ding

Fourth of July Celebration ~
Everyone takes time out for the Fourth of July. In the morning, numerous
people line the town square to watch a parade featuring fire equipment,
horses, antique cars, Shriner's activities, floats, Civic Organizations, etc. At
noon, a barbecue is served in the park complete with homemade ice cream.
Later, hundreds of people enjoy a golf tournament, three-man basketball
and softball tournaments, games, displays, and old-fashioned fun. At night,
the sky explodes with an array of fireworks to end a delightful day.

Clay County Fair ~
In midsummer, the Clay County Fair devotes four days to friendly competition
and entertainment. The best of fruits, vegetables, handmade articles, crafts,
livestock, and livestock growers are determined and awarded prizes. A
carnival and other amusements heighten family fun.

Old Trusty Antique and Collectors Show ~
Old Trusty Days, nationally known, brings life to the fairgrounds again
each September. From across the United States, people attend this two-day celebration of "the way it was" in Nebraska. An extensive flea market displays, steam engines, turn-of-the-century crafts and homespun
novelties. A parade of Grandpa's, and even Great Grandpa's, farm machinery
highlight the event.

For more information the following people can be contacted:
Wayne Davis - Engines @ 402-726-2135
Dean Godtel - Tractors & Equipment @ 402-762-3737
Bud Bunde - Horses @ 402-756-2477
Joyce Schlick - Booth Space @ 402-726-2487
Dave Wehnes - Cars & Trucks @ 402-772-5231
Dennis Fike - Tractor Pull & Races @ 402-771-2273
Clay County Fairgrounds - 402-762-3685

Old Fashion Country Christmas~
In early December the town hosts a Christmas celebration with Santa and many of his helpers.  Many local business's are open to offer activities and snacks.  The local boy scouts roast smores and horse and buggy rides are given around the city square.  The Fire and Rescue Departments have a free will soup supper at the firehall.