Homestead Days® 2012

Date: June 12 - 17, 2012

Homestead Days® 2012
June 12 - 17

"150 Years...Pursuing American Dreams"

Join us community-wide as we celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Homestead Act!  

Homestead Days® has seen many changes as it has evolved into the celebration we know and love today.  The event started 27 years ago at Homestead National Monument of America with a budget of only $200 and an idea for a gathering of craft demonstrators and activities.  The celebration was planned as part of The National Park Service’s “Year of the Visitor” program.  When the celebration had outgrown the confines of Homestead National Monument of America’s site in 1984, the Beatrice Area Chamber of Commerce offered their resources to help.  The Chamber began organizing Homestead Days events at Chautauqua Park that would coincide with events at the Monument.  This new partnership between Homestead National Monument of America and Beatrice Area Chamber of Commerce marked a new beginning for Homestead Days.  In the first year of joining forces, 1984, over 17,000 people visited the Beatrice Area and Homestead National Monument of America.


Homestead Days® didn’t stop growing in 1984.  The Homestead Days® celebration continues to grow in Chautauqua Park, at the Monument, and all through Beatrice.  It is now an event spanning six fun-filled days involving Homestead National Monument of America, East Beatrice Business Association, Beatrice Public Library, Gage County Historical Society Museum, Main Street Beatrice, and MORE!  In 2009, more than 29,000 people attended the activities in and around our Beatrice community.


This year’s schedule features many of the same activities and events we have had in the past, along with fun and fresh activities! Thursday evening kid-centered events are at Beatrice High School, sponsored by EBBA and Teen Night at the Water Park. Friday evening events will include an All Schools Reunion & Hypnotist at Risky’s, Beatrice Speedway Races, and bicycle rides, family friendly shows, entertainment, and FIREWORKS at Chautauqua Park. (Don’t forget your lawn chairs and blankets!) Saturday morning starts with exciting new Bed Races and Kids’ Big Blue Fun Run, which mark the start of the Parade in downtown Beatrice. Then you can head down for more fun, vendors, games and entertainment at Chautauqua Park. The evening wraps up with the Main Street Ribfest in Downtown Beatrice. On Sunday morning, attend a community church service and Classic & Street Rod Car Show at Chautauqua Park. Or, you can get your running gear ready for the 2 mi/10k run, or the “Bow ’N Go” Triathlon and Kids Adventure Race!


 If you have any questions about Homestead Days® or the events please give us a call at the Beatrice Area Chamber of Commerce, 402-223-2338 or email us at 




Parade Entry Forms:

Parade - Saturday, June 16, 2012 at 9 a.m. 


Parade Entry Form

Grand Marshal Nomination Form



Would you like to participate in

Homestead Days® by sponsoring an event?


Sponsorship Form



Contact the Chamber Office to Purchase Tickets 402-223-2338


Complete Raffle Listing



2 Mile - 10K & Bow 'N Go TRIATHLON:


"Bow 'N Go Triathlon" Registration Form 


 2 Mile/10K Registration Form 


All Schools Reunion


Reservation Form


All Schools reunion Alumni Brochure


Bicycle Rendezvous


Reservation Form


2012 Horseshoe Tourney:

Partners Horseshoe Tourney - Trophies for top three teams!


Team Registration Form


Vendor Applications:

Commercial (Non-food) Vendor Application

Food Vendor Application

Non-Profit, Non-Food Vendor Application

Parade Vendor Form



Would you like to volunteer at an event during Homestead Days®? 


Volunteer Sign-Up! 


Brochure Listing:

Publish your Homestead Days® event/activityin our Complete Event Brochure!


Event Listing Form



Kids Big Blue Fun Run:

Lead the way at the Parade with this fun activity!

Kids 6th Grade & Younger are Eligible! 


Kids Big Blue Fun Run Registration Form

Homestead Days Bed Races! 

Be one of the nine teams who compete before the Parade! 


Bed Races Registration Form

Bed Races - Official Rules

T-Shirt Logo Contest:

Will your design be the logo used for this year's Homestead Days® event t-shirts? 


T-shirt Logo Contest Rules & Form


Main Street Beatrice's Ribfest

Saturday, June 16, 2012 at Security First Bank Parking Lot



Mud Volleyball Tourney:

Let's have some fun in the mud & get your volleyball grove on!


Mud VB Registration Form

Classic & Street Rod Car Show:

Rain or Shine - let's have a car show at Chautauqua Park!  Sunday, June 17, Noon - 4 pm


Car Show Registration Form

Slow-Pitch Softball Tournament

1st annual Homestead Hit-off


Softball Tournament Registration Form

Kids Adventure Race

Participants will work their way through a minimum of six obstacles on approximately a 2 mile course!


Kids Adventure Race Registration Form

Husker Luncheon