Ash Hollow Pageant June 17th and 18th

Ash Hollow Historical Pageant (Summer) The Ash Hollow Historical Pageant began in 1993 with the celebration of 150 years since the first pioneers headed to Oregon. Pioneers were looking for land, religious freedom and wealth in the years of 1843 to 1864 on the Oregon to California and Mormon Trails. All trails converged along the Platte River. Pioneers generally followed the south side, crossed the South Platte near Big Springs and then headed north to the North Platte River dropping down into the valley at the best place to descend the bluffs. Looking at the trail ruts in Ash Hollow it is hard to imagine it was the best location! The pageant has an idyllic site on the very ground where pioneers stopped to rest at a fresh water spring on the Trail. With the deepening shadows of the evening and the backdrop of the limestone cliffs, the music starts and the performance begins. The Ash Hollow Pageant is our biggest fundraising event. The funds raised during this event help support the various services and programs provided by Volunteers of America Western Nebraska, including the food pantry, health promotion, wellness activities, assistance with basic needs and services, as well as meeting children's early learning experience needs. This musical performance is held outdoors at Ash Hollow State Historical Park, south of Lewellen, Nebraska. The live band and 35 member cast tell the stories of pioneers through their diaries and song. In addition to the performance there is a chuck wagon supper of roast beef, beans cooked over an open fire, corn salad, and fry bread is served before the performance. - See more at:

This year's theme is "Mormon Trail". It's an outdoor performance told from the diaries of pioneers on the trail. Bring your folding chairs or blankets. Handicap accessible and golf cart rides to site.

Saturday's 5K run.
We are bringing the 5K run back to Ash Hollow. It's on Saturday morning with check in at 8:30 and the run beginning at 9am through beautiful Ash Hollow. The run will begin at the Visitor Center. This is a good will donation. It will be kicking off our monthly Will Run for Bling 5Ks. Look for information to follow in the near future.

Schedule for both days are:
10:00-1:00 Visit Garden County and take in the area's rich history with a self-drive tour.

5pm-6:30pm- Chuck Wagon Supper. Roast beef, fry bread made over a campfire, baked beans from a cast iron kettle. Enjoy the wood smoke drifting around the campfire, reminiscent of an evening on the trail.

6:30pm-Outdoor performance of "Mormon Trail"


For more information or if you are interested in volunteering to be a part of the cast or crew, please contact our office at (308) 778-5548.