"Starz the Clown" is a fixture in the parade each year. Courtesy of the Nebraska City Chamber of Commerce
Held in Nebraska City the third weekend in September each year,
this celebration of the local apple harvest includes a parade, Miss
AppleJack Pageant, an air show, an antique car show, exhibits of
quilts and other crafts, historic demonstrations and tours, a
pie-baking contest, and a college football game dubbed the Apple
Bowl. A popular event is the Go-Kart Street Race, with as many as
170 entrants from a five-state area. Local orchards are open to
visitors, and apple-based treats are sold, including pies,
fritters, caramel apples, and apple slushies. Although the festival
has been known as AppleJack since 1968, the harvest celebration
goes back to 1936, when a school holiday was declared. The festival
is documented in historical text, 23 photographs, promotional
brochures and magazines, and news articles.
Originally submitted by: Chuck Hagel, Senator.
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