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(Neb)-Nebraska Passport Program Begins 2017 Season  Listen

By: John Axtell Posted at: 05/01/2017 12:05 PM
CHADRON - The 2017 Nebraska Passport campaign, which encourages travelers to explore the state while gathering stamps and earning great prizes, starts today and runs through the end of September.

       This summer's program features 80 attractions on 10 themed tours, including one specifically tied to Nebraska 150 - the state's year-long sesquicentennial celebration of statehood.

      This is the 8th year for the Passport program and new state tourism director John Ricks expects this year's total to surpass last year's record of more than 87,000.

    There are 11 Panhandle sites with Dawes and Sioux County Tourism Director Kristina Harter excited to have 3 in Dawes County, especially one of the area's newest and least-known attractions: Gibbons Honey Farms near Crawford. The others are Fort Robinson State Park and the Mari Sandoz High Plains Heritage Center at Chadron State College.

     Harter says some past favorites are not included in this year's Passport program, including the most popular one in the state - Chadron's Museum of the Fur Trade.

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Harter says there are both hard copy and digital forms of the Passport and stamps. The hard copy passports can be found at all 80 stamp site while the app for the passport is available at
nebraskapassport.com

For each completed Passport tour, participants win 15 Nebraska Lottery $1 Scratch tickets with other prizes for 10 stamp milestones capped by a jacket and car decal for all 80 stamps.

     Several prizes will also be awarded through drawings held in October. The grand prize is an Omaha Steaks Butcher's Share Quarter of Beef and free chest freezer with other prizes include four Nebraska weekend trips valued at $500 each, and 300 Nebraska Lottery $1 Scratch Tickets.

     A full list of the stops can be found at nebraskapassport.com and anyone looking for more summer vacation ideas in the state should go to VisitNebraska.com.

 Panhandle Sites Selected For the 2017 Nebraska Passport Program:

THRILLS & CHILLS
Arrow Hotel (Broken Bow)
Fort Cody Trading Post (North Platte)
Fort Sidney Museum and Post Commander’s Home (Sidney)          
Historic Argo Hotel (Crofton)
Klown Doll Museum (Plainview)
Museum of Shadows (Elmwood)
The Speakeasy (Holdrege)
Trails and Rails Museum/BCHS (Kearney)

HIDDEN TREASURE
Brownville Historic District (Brownville, Stamps at Flatwater Folk Art Museum & Whiskey Run Creek Vineyard & Winery)
Chez Bubba Café (Goehner)
Chili Dawg’s Foods of Fire (Blair)
Clayton Museum of Ancient History at York College (York)
Gibbons Honey Farms (Crawford)                                                
G.W. Frank Museum of History and Culture (Kearney)                 
Pawnee City Historical Society & Museum (Pawnee City)
Speedway Motors Museum of American Speed (Lincoln)

ART FOR THE HEART
Artists’ Cooperative Gallery (Omaha)
Cedar Creek Pottery (Beatrice)
Main Street Studios & Gallery (Elkhorn)
Pender Quilt Tour (Pender, Stamp at Main Street Thriftique)
Postscript (Ashland)                   
Prairie Arts Center (North Platte)
Robin’s Nest (Springfield)
Studio K Art Gallery (Grand Island)

HELLO SUNSHINE
Ash Hollow State Historical Park  (Lewellen)    
Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center (Wood River)
Fort Robinson State Park (Crawford)  
Niobrara State Park (Niobrara)
North Fork Outfitting, LLC (Norfolk)                   
Ponderosa Cyclery + Tour (Omaha)                     
Red Willow State Recreation Area (McCook)
Wildcat Hills State Recreation Area (Gering)

A WARM WELCOME    
Aurora Downtown Square (Aurora, Stamps at The Renaissance Fine Art and Photography Studio & Aurora Floral)
Fairbury Downtown Square (Fairbury, Stamp at Stagecoach Mall Antiques/Main Street Coffee House)
Ord Downtown Square (Ord, Stamp at The Golden Husk Theater)
Our Corner Cottage Gifts (Wahoo)                     
Polish Heritage Center (Ashton)
Rustic & Red (Cozad)
Seward Downtown Square (Seward, Stamps at Red Path Gallery & Tasting Room & Chapters Books & Gifts)
Tecumseh Downtown Square (Tecumseh, Stamp at Johnson Country Museum)

CELEBRATE NEBRASKA 150       
Legacy of the Plains Museum (Gering)
Mari Sandoz High Plains Heritage Center (Chadron) 
National Willa Cather Center (Red Cloud)
NE 150 Mobile Museum  (Various Locations)
Nebraska History Museum (Lincoln)                   
Nebraska National Forest, Bessey Ranger District (Halsey)
Nebraska State Capital (Lincoln)
Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer (Grand Island)

A LITTLE ME TIME
A Little Inspiration (Geneva)
Chapman Swifts Coffee House (Kearney)
Citta’ Deli (McCook)
Double L Country Store and Café (Harrisburg)     
Lauritzen Gardens (Omaha)
Positively You Boutique (Central City)
Smith Falls State Park (Valentine)
Something Special by Marilyn (Atkinson)

GOOD PEOPLE, GOOD TIMES   
17 Ranch Winery (Lewellen)
The Chocolate Bar (Grand Island)
Glacial Till Tasting Room (Ashland)                   
Infusion Brewing Company (Omaha)
Junto Wine (Seward)
Legends of Clatonia (Clatonia)
Odyssey (Hastings)
The Tangled Tumbleweed (Scottsbluff)  

UNIQUELY NEBRASKA 
Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park (Royal)
Bakers Candies Inc (Greenwood)
Carhenge (Alliance)                  
Father Flanagan’s Historic Home (Boys Town)
Happy Jack Chalk Mine (Scotia)
University of Nebraska State Museum – Morrill Hall (Lincoln)                   
Ole’s Big Game Steakhouse (Paxton)                    
Runza Restaurant (Lincoln)

BE A KID AGAIN
Dusty Trails, LLC (North Platte)
eCreamery Ice Cream & Gelato (Omaha)
Edgerton Explorit Center (Aurora)                    
Front Street Steakhouse and Crystal Palace Saloon (Ogallala)
Horn T Zoo (Monroe)
Kimmel Orchard & Vineyard (Nebraska City)
TTM Toys (Nebraska City)
UNL Dairy Store (Lincoln)


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