Above Video: News Channel Nebraska's coverage of the 2021 Sidney Gold Rush Days festival. 

SIDNEY, Neb.-- Gold Rush Days is the perfect opportunity for children to learn about culture by getting to partake in different activities common in the late 1800’s.

Gold Rush Days is a non-profit corporation made by volunteers. The goal of Gold Rush Days is to coordinate a family-oriented festival with an emphasis on the 1870’s when Sidney was the starting point for the gold rush trail from Sidney, Nebraska to Deadwood, South Dakota.

Kids will have the opportunity to view and demo; blacksmithing, woodworking, spinning, and panning for gold.

The events begin Friday, June 10th at 5 p.m. with a festival kickoff that Chris Gutierrez will be singing at. The rest of the day will include; roasting marshmallows by the fire, raffle drawings, and Lakota traditional culture and dance education from Peter and Kathy Gibbs.

Saturday, June 11th will begin with 5K race and breakfast burritos from La Laguna. At 9 a.m. there will be creative educational speakers throughout the rest of the morning. 

Peter and Kathy Gibbs will share information on Lakota traditions, culture, and dances again. At 10 a.m. Dan Holtz will tell a story about Nebraska through song. Jacie McConnell will be telling “The Little Fiddler and Story Teller.” At 12:30 David Henson will be doing wagon rides.

Gutierrez will be singing again at 1 p.m. and hand churned ice cream sponsored by Wheat Belt Power will be served at 2 p.m.

The rest of the Saturday afternoon will be filled with more educational storytelling, s’mores, and singing.

Along with these activities there will be crafts, a treasure hunt, train rides by Mike’s Train Company, an opportunity to talk to Buffalo Bill, and the Frontiersmen, wagon rides, and black power cannon firings.

On Sunday June 12th, breakfast will be served by La Laguna and a church service will begin at 9 a.m. The Gibbs’ will teach Lakota traditions and Gold Rush 2022 will close with Gutierrez singing.