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2008 State Fair

2008 State Fair

2008 State Fair

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2009 Workshops

The workshops below will require pre-registration. All workshops are all day, $80 a person. Oilseed workshops are $150/person. NeREA members are half price. To register, please complete the form and instructions here.
Oilseed workshops are located at Nebraska Screw Press, 202 State Street, Lyons, NE 68038. All others are located at the Energy Farm.

July Workshops

July 7, 8
7th - Solar Heating Systems
8th - Small Wind/Solar Systems

July 14, 15
- Biodiesel Production, Oilseed Process
15th - Solar Cooker, Food Dryer

July 21, 22
- Oilseed Pressing

August Workshops

August 4, 5
- Farm Energy Systems
5th - Methane Digesters

August 11-13
- Thermal Solar Construction
12th - Oilseed Pressing
13th - Vegetable Oil Refining and Processing

August 18, 19
- Methane Digesters
19th - Farm Wind Electric Systems


Events NRES will be attending to provide renewable energy info to visitors.

July 3-5
Lyons, Burt County
Q125 and Bluegrass Festival

Downtown and city park Enjoy music, parade, fireworks, food and contests.
Allen Steinmeyer
(402) 687-2710 www.cityoflyons.net

July 5-8
Fullerton, Nance County
Nance County Fair

Fairgrounds Carnival rides, rodeo events and 4-H exhibits.
Deb Bittner
(308) 536-2500 www.fullerton-ne.com

July 10-12
Dodge, Dodge County
Dodge Daze

City-wide Family entertainment, sporting events, outdoor movie, street dance and more.
(402) 693-2415

July 10-12
Fremont, Dodge County
John C. Fremont Days

City-wide Celebration of the town's history with something for everyone including living history encampments, rodeo, car show and continuous entertainment. Most events are free.
Jeff Hoffman
(402) 727-9428 www.johncfremontdays.com

July 11-12
Steele City, Jefferson County
Living History Weekend

City-wide Learn about local history and how the pioneers lived. Demonstrations by local crafters and museum tours. Sat, 10am-5pm; Sun, 1-5pm

July 11-15
Albion, Boone County
Boone County Fair - 125 Years of Fun

Fairgrounds Free
Dee Schriver
(402) 395-9979 www.boonecountyfair.net

July 7-12
Madison, Madison County
Madison County Fair and Rodeo

Fairgrounds Enjoy 3 nights of rodeo, concerts, carnival, exhibits, food and fun for the entire family. Free
Linda Haack
(402) 454-2144 www.madisoncountyfair.com

July 17-19
Pilger, Stanton County
Pilger Days

City-wide Ball tournaments, tractor pull, quilt show, parade, children's games and other family activities.
(402) 396-3422

July 17-19
Walthill, Thurston County
35th Annual Walthill Memorial Rodeo

Main St Three days of fun including rodeos, dances, parades and activities for all ages. Rodeo 7pm nightly, $8 adults, $4 children for rodeo admission

July 18-19
Waverly, Lancaster County
Camp Creek Antique Machinery and Threshing Show

17550 Bluff Rd Experience the way life used to be. Steam engines, antique tractors, steam crane, summer kitchen and country store. Demonstrations of corn shelling, butter making, plowing and more. Daily, 6am-6pm, $6
Jeremy Steele
(402) 786-3003 www.ccthreshers.org

July 22-26
Wayne, Wayne County
Wayne County Fair

Fairgrounds, W. on Hwy 35 Louis Lutt
(402) 375- 3462 www.thewaynecountyfair.com

July 24-25
Springview, Keya Paha County
Wind Turbine Days

101 Airport Rd Children's games, fun run/walk, parade, tractor pull, rodeo events, BBQ, vendors, beer garden, art show, car show and more. $5
Randy Painter
(402) 497-2086 www.springview-ne.com

July 29-Aug 2
Springfield, Sarpy County
Sarpy County Fair

100 Main St Tractor and pickup pulls, Mid-States Rodeo, demolition derby, entertainment and more. Free
Rich Jansen
(402) 253-2453 www.sarpyfair.com

July 31-Aug 2
Comstock Rock

Contact: Pat service@comstockmusic.net 816-930-2034

Aug 4-8
Weeping Water, Cass County
Cass County Fair

Fairgrounds, 144th St & NE Hwy 1 Celebration of 4- H and accomplishments. Free
Steve Wehrbein
(402) 504-2678 www.casscountyfair.org

Aug 5-9
Lincoln, Lancaster County
Lancaster County Fair

Lancaster Event Center, 84th & Havelock Ave Entertainment, livestock, strolling acts and a huge carnival for all ages. Free
Ron Snover
(402) 441- 6545 www.lancastereventcenter.com

Aug 7-11
Oakland, Burt County
Burt County Fair

Fairgrounds, 505 W. Fulton St
(402) 685-5540

Aug 9
Sterling, Johnson County
27th Annual Deer Creek Sodbusters Antique Machinery Show

72927 610 Ave, 4 1/2 mi. S. of Sterling Featuring threshing, corn shelling, field harvest demonstrations, plowing, draft horses, steam and gas engines, antique tractor displays, flea market and more. Events begin at 8am., $5 Robert Wolff
(402) 866-2122 www.deercreeksodbusters.org

Aug 12-16
Bloomfield, Knox County
Knox County Fair

Fairgrounds, 612 1/2 E. Main St Featuring big names in music, agricultural displays, carnival and more.
Jerry Nipp
(402) 373-4615 www.knoxcountyfairgrounds.com

Aug 21-23
Columbus, Platte County
Columbus Days

City-wide Ribfest, parade, car show, stage entertainment, antique tractor show and activities for the entire family. Free
Sandi Fischer
(402) 564-2769 www.thecolumbuspage.com

Aug 28-Sep 7
Lincoln, Lancaster County
Nebraska State Fair

State Fair Park, 1800 State Fair Park Dr Come celebrate Nebraska's talent and enjoy hundreds of attractions including entertainers, exhibits, midway rides and food at the Nebraska State Fair August 28- September 7.
(402) 474-5371 www.statefair.org

Sept 16-17
Pierce Threshers Bee

Elwood Meier (402-329-4245)

Sept 24-27
River City Round Up



June 1, 2008 - Omaha Biodiesel LLC presents a Free "Open Garage" live demonstration.
Bellevue, Nebraska 10 miles South of Omaha.
Sunday, 6/1/08 starting at 10:00 am.
We will have Biodiesel production underway so you can see the process from start to wash/dry.
More details and directions...

August 8-10, 2008 - Renewable Energy Fair just announced for Cedar County Fairgrounds 8-10 august 2008. Numerous exhibits, workshops and seminars focused on all aspects of renewable energy and sustainable agriculture. Camping and overnight accommodations are available. Through this 1st annual Energy Fair, Cedar County will re-emerge as a leader in renewable energy, which began decades ago with the Small Farm Energy Project of the 1970's and 80's.

2008 State Fair

March 29, 2008 - PV solar installation workshop will install 500watts of PV solar panels and integrate into wind system

April 26, 2008 - Wind turbine erection and integration into battery storage system at 24V DC

May 10, 2008 - Oilseed crush workshop will take place on the farm with training at Nebraska Screw Press

June 21, 2008 - Wind workshop will drop an 85 foot self raising tower for turbine inspections and return to service

August 9, 2008 Oilseed crush workshop will take place on the farm with training at Nebraska Screw Press. Cost is $100 per person (including members).

August 23, 2008 POSTPONED (contact NRES for dates) Anaerobic digester workshop will put into service and/or monitor gases being produced with a small farm-scale, winterized digester

September 20-21, 2008 Oilseed crush workshop will crush seeds and with a farm scale oil refining process will take place on the farm over the two day batch process. Bring your tent

February 21 - 23, 2008 - Moses organic conference, Lacross, Iowa - Seminars with Martin Kleinschmit of Center for Rural Affairs are being held focusing on Farm Energy Systems.

February 27, 2008 - Marketplace event in Columbus, Nebraska - NRES will be presenting information on small wind energy systems and conditions in Nebraska. cfra.org

March 1st, 2008 - Wind and Solar Workshop - Location: Harmon Park Activity Center Kearney, NE Time: 10:00 am Presentation will cover wind & solar systems for residential and businesses. Other topics include: Installation, backup power, incentives, buyback rates from utilities, and more. The Skystream 3.7 the latest technology in small scale wind power is making green power more affordable than ever. Registration is required. Call (308) 293-3407� or go to www.nebraskagreenenergy.com and fill out the form under the "contact us" tab.

March 7, 2008 - ORD biofuels conference - NSP will be presenting on energy opportunities with oilseed processing of Nebraska crops. Contact is Leroy Jons, 308-728-3393.


August 21st Session focused on bio-diesel and biomass to be held in Scribner. The morning session, beginning at 10 a.m., will be a discussion outlining technology and oilseeds for bio-diesel.  Workshops and demonstrations for oilseed crushing, crude oil refining, and bio-diesel production are planned for the afternoon.  A tour of the commercial bio-diesel facility in Scribner will be included with pre-registration. 

July 28th NeREA Oilseed crushing workshop at the Energy farm. We will have a couple different units operating with different seeds. Catch the tricks of this specialized processing. Free to NeREA members, $30 non-members. All Day

July 17th Small Wind Summit will occur in Pilger, NE. The event will be focused on solar and wind energy opportunities here.  The morning session, beginning at 10 a.m., will outline happenings in Nebraska and discuss wind rights and commercial developments.  The afternoon session will be held at the farm of Dave Tobias where a 10 Kw wind turbine has been installed since fall 2005.  A number of demonstrations and hands on workshops are planned.  Another tour of an off-grid farm in Lyons or a methane digester will be conducted following the activities at the Pilger farm.

July 13th E3 Biofuels plant tour. This will be a joint tour between the Nebraska Renewable Energy Association and the Iowa Renewable Energy Association. This is a members only event, please make reservations at www.nebraskarea.org. Meet in Mead at 10AM or camp over at the energy farm the night before.

January 11 - January 12, 2008 - PFI Annual Conference - The options for using less energy and producing your own energy from wind, solar or bio-fuels can at first seem daunting and complicated, but there is currently more financial and environmental incentive than ever to jump into it. At this workshop you will have the opportunity to learn what might work best for your situation, through hearing our speakers share information about their years of practical experience. For mor details, click here.

February 9-10th Rural Advantage Conference at Divot's Conference Center, Norfolk, Nebraska. Robert will address small farm oilseed processing on the 10th at 1PM. The Nebraska Renewable Energy Association will also present at 3PM. The conference has a renewable focus and has a number of excellent speakers lined up for the two days. The public is encouraged to attend. This annual meeting is a joint effort between the University Extension and the Nebraska Sustainable Ag Society and promises to be very well done. Brochures are available as well as more info through any UNL Extension Educator or Sustainable Ag Member.

February 15th Funding the Future of Renewable Energy Conference. 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. UNL East Campus Union. Conference will integrate technical expertise with rural innovation to increase Nebraska's renewable energy portfolio. Conference will provide a panel style discussion where registered attendees will interact with various experts. Robert Byrnes, President of the Nebraska Renewable Energy Association will serve as moderator for the BIOMASS Panel discussion. For conference details/program/registration: click here.

February 28th Center for Rural Affairs annual convention. If you are not familiar with this great organization you are living in a bubble. Martin Kleinschmidt of CFRA has been working with renewable energy while I still riding a banana seat bicycle! NRES supports the CFRA and recommends you do as well.


The mobile oilseed expeller made the rounds at several festivals this summer. We opened the season in Lyons, Nebraska at the Bluegrass Festival. It is a great opportunity to see an expeller in action! We made peanut oil biodiesel on the Fourth which is another first in the state as well! Add that to the first licensed production of beef, pork, soy, sunflower, brown mustard, canola and linseed.

October 27th Nebraska Economics and Business Association Fall Conference. This conference will feature a panel discussion on Nebraska's Role in Renewable Energy Industry. Panel participants include NRES owner, Robert Byrnes. For program details and registration visit the NEBA conference site at: http://ecedweb.unomaha.edu/neba

November 1 Two events. Groundbreaking for the expanded facility at Husker Ag in Plainview (invite only) and a Power Summit being sponsored by NPPD and NDEQ. NeREA and methane pioneer Danny Kluthe will be presenting papers. It will be at the Cornhusker Hotel.

November 8th If you care about promotion of renewable energy in Nebraska you need to be in Kearney at 1PM. On the University of Lincoln/Kearney campus, hearings will be held in regards to three related renewable energy legislative resolutions. These will be held in the Ponderosa Room in the Student Union. Net metering is one of the topics (LR 386) on the docket. IF YOU CARE ABOUT RENEWABLE ENERGY PROMOTION IN NEBRASKA PLAN TO BE THERE TO SHOW SUPPORT!!

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