Re-enactor John Mitchell portrays Pvt. Patrick Gass, member of Lewis and Clark expedition of 1804. Photo: Mary E. Reynolds, July 1999
John C. Fremont Days in Fremont
This three-day festival, as well as the town of
Fremont where it is held, is named after "the Pathfinder," John C.
Fremont, who ran as the first Republican candidate for President of
the United States in 1856. More than 140 historical, educational,
and fun events take place throughout the city. History-based
attractions include a number of re-enactments, from an Omaha Indian
encampment to fur trappers to Civil War soldiers. The re-enactors
participate in a historic parade that also includes floats with
historic themes. Chautauqua performances featuring local performing
artists are held continuously under an open-sided tent in the city
park. Other attractions include a display of John C. Fremont
artifacts, a Wild West show, street dances, and a Strategic Air
Command Band concert. New events in 1999 included a Spam cooking
contest and a vast display of working antique tractors and farm
equipment. Held since 1987, the festival is documented in text, 12
photographs, 2 videotapes, promotional publications, and news
Originally submitted by: J. Robert Kerrey, Senator.
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