Four upcoming events will split $12,000 grants from the Adams County Convention and Visitors Bureau to help promote local tourism.

Anjanette Bonham, executive director of the Adams County Convention and Visitors Bureau, shared those awarded grants, which are funded by city hotel occupation taxes, during the Adams County Board of Supervisors Meeting Tuesday. No action was taken.

Two of the events overlap in mid June.

The Hastings Municipal Airport will play host to Fly on the Ford, June 13-16, during which a 1928 Ford Tri-Motor airplane will be on display and available for flights. During that time the airport will also play host to a Hastings Area Chamber of Commerce Business after Hours, on June 13, and a pancake breakfast and fly-in on June 15.

Bonham said the estimated attendance is 500 to 1,000 people.

The event will receive $1,500 to help offset advertising expenses.

The Adams County Fairgrounds will once again play host to the Nebraska High School Finals Rodeo, June 13-15.

“This is such a great event for this state and for our community,” Bonham said. “Many out of town visitors use our campgrounds and come visit our community. We’re just excited to have that here and support those high schoolers.”

The event will receive $4,500 to help offset expenses.

Later in the summer, a new event, Juniata Days, will take place July 12-14.

Bonham said the event will include an Adams Central golf tournament, parade, barbecue cook-off, coed softball tournament, car show and street dance.

She said she was pleased to be able to award a grant for an event in a smaller Adams County community.

The event will receive $1,000 to help offset expenses.

Next year, Hastings will play host to the 2020 Nebraska Auctioneers Association annual convention, May 15-17, at the C3 Hotel and Convention Center. The site of the 2020 conference was recently announced during the 2019 conference in Omaha.

“So they were super excited for that we’re excited to have them here,” Bonham said.

The convention will receive $5,000 to help cover venue rental expenses.

The estimated attendance is 200 to 250 people.

Bonham said the entire C3 hotel will be booked for the event. Many other local businesses will benefit from the event’s presence as well.

“We are excited to have those events and to share our community,” she said.

Also during the meeting, the Supervisors heard the SASA annual update and funding request of $12,500 from executive director Jo Springer. The amount is the same as SASA’s 2018 request.

The supervisors also voted 7-0 to approve interlocal agreements with county townships for gravel and road maintenance.


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