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Re-enactor portrays member of Lewis & Clark expedition
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 clippings.

Originally submitted by: J. Robert Kerrey, Senator.

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