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Nebraskaland Days people say they like to share the love.
Every year, organizers choose a Nebraska community as a sister community, where residents receive free admission to most major Nebraskaland Days events.
This year, Ainsworth is the community, and it’s a good fit, said Graig Kinze, owner of Ainsworth radio stations KBRB AM and FM.
“It’s just a two-hour drive (to North Platte). For years, we had a country music festival, so it’s nice for the folks here to still have some of the bigger shows they can go to that are fairly close.”
Ainsworth, pop. 1,800, sits at the center of the seven county region folks there call the Nebraska Outback.
This year’s acts for NLD are country music superstar Toby Keith on June 22 and rock act Daughtry on June 23.
In the past, Wahoo, West Point, Central City, and Hemingford have been Nebraskaland Days sister communities.
People with a valid Nebraska drivers license with Ainsworth as their home address are admitted free to any performance of the Buffalo Bill Rodeo (June 13-16) and the Daughtry concert on June 23.
There will be a limited number of free tickets available for the Toby Keith concert, Nebraskaland Days Executive Director David Fudge said.
“Knowing tickets are free, it’ll be a nice draw for people who haven't been there before. I think you’ll make some lifelong fans out of the folks up here,” Kinze said.