Wild West Show sign, nearly 100 years ago
The Nebraska Tourism Commission announced a $20,000 grant Thursday to Nebraskaland Days for an historic Buffalo Bill Wild West Show performance during the annual summer celebration. Nebraskaland Days Executive Director David Fudge said the show is still in the planning stages but is coming together thanks in large part to the grant.
The Nebraskaland Days grant was one of four grants in Nebraska that were awarded, totaling $109,500. The grants focus on a common goal -- to gain national exposure for the state, tourism commission spokeswoman Heather Hogue said.
The idea is to secure national caliber events, Hogue said.
The Nebraska Legislature appropriated $250,000 for the program during this fiscal year.
“We are pleased to provide this opportunity to Nebraska communities in assisting them to compete for events that bring national attention and visitors to Nebraska, said Tourism Commission Director Kathy McKillip.
Proposals came from 15 applicants requesting more than $300,000 in funding.
McKillip said several applicants had strong marketing components that would better be funded under another tourism grant program, specifically for marketing.
The recipients are:
• Nebraskaland Days in North Platte: $20,000 for the Great American Wild West Show featuring the original historic Buffalo Bill performance format.
• Omaha Equestrian Foundation: $24,500 for recruiting and promotion of Olympic caliber competition and riding events.
• City of Fullerton: $15,000 for the Communities of Distinction National Broadcasting Television Project.
• Omaha Sports Commission: $50,000 for the NORCECA Continental Volleyball Championships featuring eight international teams.