EVENTS FOR EVERYONE
It seems like every month there is a different event going on in Arnold. Good reason for that is because there is! From Devil’s Den Motorcycle poker runs to Halloween contests, there is something for everyone. Come and enjoy any or all of these events. Check the Arnold community calendar for the latest on area events, local organization meetings, and movies. Please use the Arnold Public Schools website to check on the latest school events and sports schedule.
SANDHILLS OPEN ROAD CHALLENGE
America’s most challenging open road race is the Sandhills Open Road Challenge! SORC is a 55-mile road race held on a winding two-lane blacktop road through the steep Devil’s Den canyons and into the rolling Sandhills. This three-day annual event held the second weekend in August attracts drivers, families, and spectators from all over the U.S. and is the only race of its kind in the state of Nebraska. Over 100 cars participate in this challenging race. In addition to the road race, the three-day event includes a half-mile and one-mile shoot-out, a car parade, car show, burn-out contest, grudge match drag races, a free-will donation public barbecue, and an awards ceremony. For more information, visit the SORC website or on Facebook. You won’t want to miss this event!
The Arnold Chili Cook-Off falls on or near St. Patrick’s Day at the Arnold Community Center. Everyone has fun. Come taste various styles of chili and vote for your favorite. Support the creative teams featuring unique booth decorations and secret chili recipes. Prizes are awarded to the best-decorated booth and the best tasting chili. Entertainment varies and includes karaoke, dancing, and talent show.
All ages enjoy the annual Easter Egg Hunt held in April at the Arnold City Park. This family event is fun to watch as young children scramble to find the most Easter eggs. It’s a wonderful photo opportunity. What’s better than bands of happy children? Exact date posted in The Arnold Sentinel.
ANTIQUE TRACTOR SHOW
The annual Antique Tractor Show is held at Mills Hardware and Feed every year from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the last Saturday in May. FREE to enter, and FREE to see! Come enjoy these beautifully restored work horses up close and personal. Listen to stories from those who have driven them, own them, and restored them. Maybe you have a beauty you would like to show off; if so, bring it down, we would love to see it! Prizes are awarded in three categories. Great time for the tractor enthusiast and the entire family! To enter or for more information contact (308) 848-2515.
ARNOLD RIVER BATTLE
The South Loup River and Hidden Valley Campground is the location for the annual Arnold River Battle held in July. Open to youth and adults, this timed event will challenge those hardy, adventurous souls as the river twists and turns its way through the beautiful Nebraska countryside. Contestants must maneuver the natural habitat of the South Loup River in their kayaks, canoes, and tubes through narrow spots, downed trees, sandy spots, fences, wildlife, and anything else that nature has to offer. It’s up to you or your team how fast or slow you go! But the fun doesn’t stop there…lunch will be served at Hidden Valley Campground after your wild adventure…after all, you never know what you might encounter on the plains of Nebraska!
4TH OF JULY FIREWORKS
Everyone loves to watch fireworks. Arnold’s spectacular display of fireworks begins at dusk at the Old Mill Park while patriotic music plays throughout the display. You won’t find a show like this in any other town of this size!
The annual Fall Festival has returned! Take in the community parade, shooting events, kiddie/pet parade, miniature golf, kids’ games, contests, community barbecue, and more. Join us in September for some good old-fashioned family fun!
TOUR OF HOMES
View area homes and businesses of special interest, including new construction and recently renovated projects. Speak with owners and learn how they made their vision a reality. Share home decorating tips and gather landscaping ideas. The event kicks off with a salad luncheon and then moves into organized tour groups. Proceeds from ticket sales go to the chamber. The next Tour of Homes is scheduled for fall 2020.
KEGS, CORKS, & CRAFTS
Arnold’s wine and beer festival includes tasting Nebraska-made wines and micro-brewed beers and a variety of food vendor booths for shopping. This event is about relaxing with friends, good food, good drinks, or just an opportunity to shop for unique gift items for yourself or someone else. Enjoy a separate area to relax as you sample some of the great beverages offered, or come just to shop the vendor booths. It’s a unique event, so come join the fun!
What started as a vision of the reenactment of Christ’s life has become a large-scale performance on the Rockwell Ranch 14 miles southwest of Arnold. A group of fellow believers responded to John Rockwell’s vision, and the first performance was held in 2002. There have since been four more performances in 2003, 2005, 2008, and 2010. That is the wonder of God’s work. With a cast and support crew of well over 100 people, the entire community of Arnold churches is involved, as well as many people outside the Arnold area. The performances are usually held the Saturday of Easter weekend, and refreshments are served at the Rockwell Farm afterwards. There is no charge for the performances or refreshments. Hundreds of people have attended this very moving event in the past.
One can always find treasure at someone’s garage sale! Each year the first Saturday in June is designated as the day for Arnold’s community-wide garage sales. The hunt for bargains is part of the fun!
The Farmer’s Market began in Arnold in the summer of 2002. Vendors provide a wide variety of fresh baked goods, homemade jellies, fresh farm eggs, tomatoes, sweet corn and other homegrown vegetables, herbs, fruit, RADA cutlery, pure oils for cooking and health, Watkins products, crafts, and more. New vendors are always welcome; there is no charge. The Farmer’s Market is held downtown on South Walnut Street beginning at 7:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. every Thursday starting in June. Don’t miss out on this wonderful opportunity to buy locally grown foods and delicious homemade goodies.
DEVIL’S DEN BIKE SHOW & RALLY
Join us for Arnold’s annual Devil’s Den Bike Show and Poker Run in July. This event is packed full of activities for everyone from a show and shine, poker run, and dyna machine to a beer belly contest, arm wrestling contest, crowning of Miss Devil’s Den, and great bands. It’s a day of fun in the sun, cold drinks, good music, and great friends. This great event also serves as a fundraiser to benefit some great causes. Fantastic reason to have fun! Check them out on their Facebook page for more information.
HALLOWEEN CARNIVAL, COSTUME CONTEST AND PARADE
Join Arnold’s young ghosts, goblins, pirates, and princesses as they meet at the Arnold Community Center for a fun filled day or trick or treating, costume contests, pumpkin decorating contests, games, and more. This annual event is held late October.
CHRISTMAS AROUND TOWN
Step back in time to join our townsfolk for an old-fashioned “Christmas Around Town.” Stroll through our town while enjoying the ambiance of traditional holiday street décor and music in the air. Holiday lights and a craft show featuring holiday decor will be sure to spark that holiday spirit. Special shopping hours, sales, and drawings are featured at many downtown businesses, and a free movie is shown at the Rialto Theatre for the kids. Bring your family and dine at the soup and sandwich supper at the community center and enjoy a visit with Santa Claus too. Typically held the first Saturday of December.
As an official stop on the Junk Jaunt tour, you’ll find antiques, collectibles, and treasures you just can’t live without at Arnold’s local vendors! The Junk Jaunt is one big yard sale spread across 300+ miles and 35-40 communities in central Nebraska. Held the last weekend in September. For more information, visit www.junkjaunt.com.