Junk Jaunt Passport contest for Shoppers

HAPPY 15TH ANNIVERSARY TO NEBRASKA’S JUNK JAUNT®!

To celebrate we are sponsoring a Junk Jaunt Passport contest for Shoppers!   “Passports” will be included in the Shopper Guide, as well as with the digital download available later in September.  Order your Shopper Guide now on line or through mail so you can join the contest.  There is a link on the right column for purchasing a Shopper Guide.

As you drive the Junk Jaunt® route, shopping and enjoying the view, look for the bright colored signs with the big black asterisk.   There will be one in each town along the route.   The passport stops are also noted in the Shopper Guide with an asterisk next to the vendor number.  Stop at these sites and get your card stamped. The more stamps you gather, the bigger the prize you are eligible to win.

Following Junk Jaunt® mail your Passport to: 

Nebraska’s Junk Jaunt®
1523 M St.,  Ste 104
Ord, NE  68862

All Passports must arrive in our office by October 15, 2018 to be entered in the drawing. 

If you visit 15 or more Junk Jaunt® towns, you will be entered in the drawing for a $150.00 cash prize, visit 10 to 15 towns and you are eligible to win $100 cash and the prize for visiting 10 or fewer towns is $50.00. 

Get Ready for the 2019 Nebraska Junk Jaunt

September 27, 28 & 29, 2019

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Junk Jaunt to roll into Central Nebraska this weekend

Re-posted from the Grand Island Independent
By Kelli Rollin

Nebraskans and many others will be running for the junk around Central Nebraska Friday through Sunday.

The 13th annual Junk Jaunt, which is like a large garage sale, is happening in 36 towns along the Loup River and Sandhills Journey Scenic Byways.

The event spans nearly 500 miles of garage sales, collectibles, antiques, vintage items and quirky finds.

Dianne Wiberg, who helps coordinate Junk Jaunt every year, said the event has grown. This year, 760 vendors are selling things for Junk Jaunt, compared to the estimated 730 last year.

Nebraska's Junk Junk Always the last weekend in September

“It increases every year a little bit,” Wiberg said.

She said many people from all over the country come to Junk Jaunt. The event has a shopper guide that includes street maps, lists of lodging and restaurants, vendor addresses and historical information about the area. Many visitors order the guides ahead of time.

Wiberg said guides have been ordered from California and that more than half of the states are represented through visitors.

“That was the reason it was formed,” she said of Junk Jaunt, “to bring people to this area, to show people that Nebraska is more than a cornfield or Interstate 80.”

Since the event goes through towns on the scenic byways, visitors can experience the Sandhills and the heart of Nebraska and the United States. Wiberg said people often make a weekend trip by coming to Junk Jaunt. It’s common to see mother-daughter getaway pairs who come to enjoy the shopping and treasure hunting in the Central Nebraska area.

She said the weekend event also benefits the participating towns and the economy.

“It’s a tremendous boom to every town in this area,” Wiberg said.

As far as the variety of items, she said there’s “everything from antiques to baby clothes.”

Every town has food vendors, as well, so visitors are sure to get some hometown Nebraskan food.

Wiberg said people should go to Junk Jaunt because it’s an inexpensive trip and “it’s just a fun way to get out and enjoy a different part of Nebraska.”

Make your 2019 Lodging plans Today!

motel_listInnkeepers across NEBRASKA’S JUNK JAUNT®” extended to you a hearty “WELCOME” and appreciate your early reservations.  There are numerous Motels, Bed & Breakfasts, Guest Houses and Campgrounds in the area.

Take advantage by making your 2019 JUNK JAUNT® 
Lodging plans today using the 

2018 Sponsored Lodging List

These supporting businesses have the perfect place for a good nights’s rest after a  ”Shop ’til You Drop” day.  Accommodations fill quickly, so make your reservations early. [Read more…]

SAVE THE DATES

2019 JUNK JAUNT®

SAVE THE DATES!

Friday Sept. 27, 2019
Saturday Sept. 28, 2019
Sunday Sept. 39, 2019

Watch for important dates throughout
the year on our calendar.

Experience the “jaunt” one town – one treasure – at a time

by Tami Pistello (Omaha, NE)
original article was published in the Lyons Mirror Sun; Lyons, NE on the Decatur, NE news

When someone says, “Sand hills Journey Scenic Byway”, what comes to mind? Perhaps, sand – and lots of it – or perhaps nasty sand burrs the size of your thumb?

A three-day visit to the sand hills of central Nebraska was never at the top of my bucket list and definitely not somewhere I wanted to celebrate our 30 wedding anniversary. [Read more…]

Thedford, NE

Thedford, NE

Thedford is a thriving community of nearly 400 with a variety of businesses and entrepreneurs for the size of the population. Thedford, as the county seat, houses county. state and federal offices with four churches as well as K-12 schools. There are full service gas stations with convenience stores, a diesel repair shop, motels, lounges, a grocery store, lumber and hardware store, construction companies, a veterinary clinic, an art gallery, and newspaper office.

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Bartlett, NE

Bartlett, NE

The village of Bartlett is the Wheeler county seat, with two courthouses.

The new courthouse was built partially underground while the old one is now the historical museum. Wheeler Central High School (Broncos) were the 2003 Class D2 Volleyball and 6-Man Football Nebraska state champions.

Stop by our ‘old courthouse’ to view “Silent Leather”, a life-sized bronze sculpture donated by Bartlett native, Herb Mignery. We hope you will enjoy a small piece of “Nebraska’s Good Life” with a stop at one of our businesses or one of our two parks, complete with restrooms and camper hookups

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Westerville, NE

Westerville, NE

No information for Westerville is available. [Read more…]

Sargent, NE

Sargent, NE

“Hot Link” http://www.sargentne.com

Sargent is the Chokecherry Capital of Nebraska. Our Chokecherry Jamboree is complete with Pit Spittin’ contests and held each June in connection with the close-by Comstock Windmill Festival.

Sargent, named in 1879, is nestled along the beautiful spring-fed Middle Loup River.

Between 1927 &1974 Sargent and Oscar’s Paladium was the dancing hot-spot of central Nebraska, when it hosted such greats as Guy Lombardo, Lawrence Welk, the Dorsey Brothers and other, world -famous, ‘big bands’. It’s still the place to be during Nebraska’s JUNK JAUNT®.

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Loup City, NE

Loup City, NE

Built near the banks of the Middle Loup River, a sign reads, “Welcome to the ‘Polish Capital’ of Nebraska”.

“Polish Days” is celebrated the first weekend in June.

Sherman County Reservoir is 5 miles east of town and Bowman State Park is 1 mile west. Newly renovated Jenner’s Park, near downtown, is the site of historical Jenner House and Kuszak’s Log Cabin … a peaceful break in a busy day.

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Comstock, NE

Comstock, NE

Comstock is a quiet and friendly community with school bus access to three schools, low taxes, all utilities available, best water with low arsenic, fresh air, paved roads to larger shopping centers, health care available in neighboring communities of Broken Bow, Ord and Sargent, scenic Middle Loup River with constant flow and public hunting and fishing grounds.

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Boelus, NE

Boelus, NE

No information for Boelus is available. [Read more…]

Arcadia, NE

Arcadia, NE
“A Home to Come Home To”

Arcadia, population 359, is located on Hwy 70, near the Middle Loup River Established in 1885 and named by Postmaster Mrs. Samuel Hawthorne, Arcadia is a Greek word meaning “a region or scene of simple pleasure and quiet”

. We are a town of dedicated people. In 2005, we raised enough money to erect a Veteran’s Memorial Wall using engraved bricks, each honoring a veteran. This year we successfully undertook another large project, that of purchasing new playground equipment for the Arcadia Public School.

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Arcadia, Nebraska: “A Home To Come Home To.”

Wolbach, NE

Wolbach, NE
“The Small Town with 7 Exits”

Welcome to Wolbach!

Known nationally for its 7 exits, this quaint little town of 300 is nestled in the Spring Creek Valley on the Greeley-Howard county line. Citizens and visitors alike enjoy all that the town has to offer–numerous businesses, a volunteer fire and rescue department, a swimming pool and tennis court, a campground with electrical hookups, picnic areas, a fishing pond, two churches, a post office, playgrounds, a school, and a beautiful athletic field.

The annual Memorial Day Bull Ride and Wolbach Days Celebration and Rodeo are special big events attended by people from across the state.

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“The Small Town with 7 Exits”

St. Paul, NE

St. Paul, NE

Raise your sights and watch for the big red balloon floating over St. Paul to mark the center of all the great sales of antiques, junk, jewelry, and more. Flowers, baseball museum & mural, Historical Village, good food and fun. Join us! [Read more…]

St. Libory, NE

St. Libory, NE

St. Libory was founded in 1878 by German settlers from St. Libory, Illinois, seeking a better fortune. At $4 per acre, ten acres was purchased from the Union Pacific Railroad for a Catholic parish, to be named Saint Libory after the home church.

In 1880 the town had 29 businesses and 2 churches. A few original buildings still stand today, and the population has grown to 300.

We are known far and wide for our “St. Libory Melons” plus the home grown fruits, veggies & pumpkins available at roadside stands throughout the season.a population of 30. By the early 1900’s.

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St. Libory is known in the region for its fresh melon market.

Greeley, NE

Greeley, NE

Welcome to Greeley, where our courthouse is on the Nebraska Historical Building Registry.

The beautiful Veteran Memorial wall, dedicated in 2003, has been placed in front of the Greeley Co. Courthouse. This quiet community is located at the junction of U.S. Hwy 281 and Neb. Hwy 56, just 25 miles north of St. Paul, Nebr. Greeley is centrally located among many recreational areas, including the Calamus Reservoir, Davis Creek and the Cedar River.

The Greeley area is also rich with many historic buildings, artifacts and beautiful scenery. Hope to see you in Greeley during the JUNK JAUNT®.

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Callaway, NE

Callaway, NE

Callaway is situated in the scenic Seven Valleys region of central Nebraska. Located about an hours drive northwest of Kearney or northeast of North Platte, the Village of Callaway boasts the smallest hospital in the state, recreational opportunities galore, a diverse agricultural economy, a healthy K-12 school system as well as a great preschool, and welcoming, friendly people

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Visit Callaway Kite Flight website, held Labor Day weekend.