Dobby’s Fall Festival set for Sept. 15-16

September 12, 2018

ALLIANCE — Join the crew at Dobby’s Frontier Town for a funfilled weekend. Dobby’s Fall Festival is Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 15-16, beginning at 10 a.m., and there is no charge to attend.

The two days of fun and mostly free activities include Cowboy Fast Draw, old-time photos, a fireman’s bucket brigade, ponies and bike taxi rides, wool spinning, dutch oven cooking, Cowboy Church, and kids crafts and games. Wild Woman BBQ will sell lunch both days, and produce, baked goods, arts and crafts will also be for sale. Saturday afternoon will include a Humanities Nebraska program: “The Heart’s Compass: Women on the Trails” with Lyn Messersmith and Deb Carpenter-Nolting.

Local musicians will share their talents both days, so bring your lawn chairs and enjoy Sandhills String Band, Ruth Campbell and Larry Holub, Crossbell, Native American dancers, Kelley Dickerson and Shon Townsend, Ed and Kathleen Jesse, and St. John’s Brass.

Williams Jewelers is hosting the first ever Diamond Dig on Sunday. The Alliance jewelry store has donated 1,000 carats of gems. Participants can purchase a plastic digging cup to scoop up some sand. Any gemstones they find are theirs to keep.

Dobby’s Frontier Town is an early 1900s community started by Dobby Lee in 1987 as a retirement hobby. Dobby’s Frontier Towners have continued his dream, and the village boasts more than twenty buildings that would have been found in the town of Dobby’s childhood. Buildings are filled with donated items, many that were well used and loved. Guides will be available to tell about the buildings and many of the antiques.

Hitch up your wagon, load up your family and come out to experience a moment in time at Dobby’s Frontier Town. See hands-on what life was like in a small frontier town nestled in the gently rolling grasslands of the Nebraska Sandhills. Dobby’s Frontier Town is located at 320 E. 25th St./Nance Road in Alliance..

Dobby’s Frontier Town will host a Humanities Nebraska program as part of Dobby’s Fall Festival. Deb Carpenter-Nolting and Lyn Messersmith will present “The Heart’s Compass: Women on the Trails” on Saturday, Sept. 15, at 1 p.m. in the church building at Dobby’s Frontier Town.

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