NEBRASKA CITY – The Steamboat Trace Festival and Gran Fondo is full of activities in three of Nebraska’s most historic communities, Nebraska City, Peru and Brownville.
The Gran Fondo is a bicycle ride from Arbor Lodge to Brownville and back on Saturday, Oct. 14.
Events in Nebraska City includ living history days at Arbor Lodge, creepy crawling days at Arbor Day Farm, Horn T Zoo, climbing wall and Pearly Bubbles at Memorial Way and The Oasis Band at Memorial Way.
A photo station is planned at the Peru trailhead. Bill Clemente will present on trail information and facts. Peru City Hall will host a craft fair and Peru State College will host a taco buffet. Live music includes Dan Holtz and Thermodudes.
Brownville has an all-day beer garden, farmers market, riverfront carriage rides, riverboat rides and Historic Nebraska concert by Dan Holtz.
The Brownville Village Theater will present an original adaptation of Willa Cather’s work, The Resurrection.
The 21-mile trail, which follows the railroad path established in the 1870s, features the sandstone sculptures of Roland Sherman. The Steamboat Trace Festival is a signature event of the Nebraska sesquicentennial.
Bus transportation is available for $10.