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What’s life without a little spice? Dawson County provides plenty of excitement year-round for residents and visitors who want to enjoy their playtime.

For instance, Gothenburg hosts the annual Pony Express Rodeo each July 3rd and 4th. It includes mutton busting, barbecue and fireworks in addition to the traditional rodeo events. The Annual Harvest Festival celebration each September continues to attract crowds each year with added events. These include a parade, arts and crafts, kids’ games, food and entertainment in the park, a horseshoe-pitching tournament, pedal-tractor pull, bed races and many other special events. The Annual Nebraska Beef & Wine Tasting also takes place in the early fall. Magic on Main Street celebrates the beginning of the holiday season following Thanksgiving and mid-December through the end of the year you can drive through a wonderland of lights at the Shining Light Celebration at the KOA Campground.

Cozad festivals include an annual Bands, Brews & BBQ Festival (featuring live bands, area breweries, talent show, kids games and other activities) in July; Friday Nite Cruise-In Car Show of antique and classic vehicles in August; the annual Hay Days Celebration with a parade and carnival in September and the Taste of Cozad in December. Car buffs host a monthly cruise night from April through September.

Lexington’s annual festivals include the Lexington Area Chamber of Commerce Antique Extravaganza over the Labor Day weekend, Plum Creek Rodeo the first weekend in June and Cinco De Mayo celebrations. Area residents enjoy events like the Farmer’s Market at the Grand Generation Center, Carnival Days, antique car shows and the Dawson County Fair. The River Valley Raceway begins humming in late May, and races on the dirt track thrill audiences every Sunday night throughout the summer months.

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