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Bandana Ball funds Legacy’s education outreach
January 29, 2016 Jerry Purvis   

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Jerry Purvis/Gering Citizen Legacy of the Plains Museum volunteer Donna Considine shows a painting by local award-winning artist Mary Hunt, one of the many auction items at the upcoming Bandana Ball.

Kick up your heels cowboys and cowgirls, boots and jeans are welcome attire at the Legacy of the Plains Museum Bandana Ball, coming up on Saturday, Feb. 6, at the Gering Civic Center.

In support of the museum’s educational outreach efforts, the bidding war will begin in live and silent auctions at 7 p.m. Nebraska football tickets, two vintage pedal John Deere tractors, a vintage quilt, a charcoal grill, Stetson hats, paintings and photographs from local artists, even a drone with video camera are some of the items people can bid on.

A popular part of the evening is the “feeding frenzy,” an auction of gift certificates to local restaurants. “A lot of people say they don’t need more stuff,” said Legacy volunteer Donna Considine. “But they can always use gift certificates to go out to eat,”

The Bandana Ball started in 2002 at the Farm And Ranch Museum, before it joined with the North Platte Valley Historical Association Museum to form Legacy of the Plains Museum. The ball was first held in the small office and workshop just east of the current museum campus.

The Bandana Ball is not part of the capital campaign, but all funds are used for museum operating expenses and for educational outreach programs. Each year, the museum hosts area kindergartners for A Trip Through Time and fourth graders for the FARMhands on History, where the kids learn about and participate in some of the chores that were common during the area’s early farming days.

“It’s important for young people to know about our agricultural history,” Considine said. “It’s what made settlement of the valley possible.”

Social hour starts at 5:30 p.m. and the dinner bell rings at 6:15 for some hearty cowboy cuisine. The Green Valley Homesteaders will provide its down-home brand of bluegrass and folk music.

Tickets to the Bandana Ball are $30. They must be purchased by Feb. 1, and will not be sold at the door. Tickets are available at Main Street Market in Scottsbluff and at the museum, 2930 Old Oregon Trail in Gering. People in the Morrill area may call board member Jim Duncan for tickets at 308-247-2712.
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