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Gering Kiwanis hosts family fun at museum

October 8, 2017 GMT

GERING — Even with brisk winds, the 12th annual Gering Kiwanis Family Fun Day was a big hit for families around the area.

Kids tried launching potatoes at Wisconsin Badger targets, climbed on a haystack, tried their archery skills, took tractor rides around the Legacy of the Plains Museum campus, and a lot more.

Kiwanis member Rick Myers said the service group first teamed up with the Farm And Ranch Museum and continued the tradition after a merger with the North Platte Valley Museum that formed Legacy of the Plains Museum.

“This is the largest fundraising event for Gering Kiwanis,” he said. “It helps us support a number of youth and family projects in the area.”

The Saturday event had a number of simple, family oriented games for people to play, from the potato launcher, pedal tractor course, archery, face painting, a pumpkin patch, beanbag and more.

Also in attendance were members of the North Platte Natural Resources District and AmeriCorps Conservation volunteers doing face painting and talking about butterflies and other pollinators that help keep flowers growing.

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“The event is just to get families to come out for an afternoon of fun together,” Myers said. “I see parents, grandparents and even several generations here. People also come from eastern Nebraska. We have good crowds for the day.”

Some of the activities Kiwanis supports throughout the year are the weekend food pack program for students, the Gering High School after prom party, the Cradle Catchers reading program for new parents, the annual Easter egg hunt, plus supporting the Gering Key Club and Builders Club.

“People really like this event,” Myers said. “It’s affordable and just a nice time of getting outside and having fun with the family.”

Myers, who also volunteers at Legacy of the Plains Museum, said they have a new interactive Halloween display in the gallery, depicting what Halloween celebrations were like in the 1920s.