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This annual event takes place July 13, 2013. Activities include a parade, childrens' games and activities, softball, sand volleyball, car show, a chicken barbecue sponsored by the Sterling Fire Department and street dance with live entertainment. There is something for the entire family.
The Johnson County Fair is an annual event that is held in August. Activities include parades, carnival rides, livestock shows and exhibits, horse show, arts and crafts, live entertainment, commercial exhibits, softball tournament, 4-H competition and much more.
The Deer Creek Sodbusters, a club dedicated to the preservation of America's agricultural heritage, sponsors an antique tractor and machinery show the second Sunday in August. This annual show, attended by thousands, began as a plowing bee in 1983 and has since become a complete antique show with entertainment for the entire family.
In 1999, the Deer Creek Sodubsters show received national recognition by being the only antique tractor and machinery show in the state of Nebraska to be officially designed a "Local Legacy" by the U.S. Library of Congress. To view the Sodbusters' project summary page at the Library of Congress web site, click on the following link:Project Page
Activities include antique tractor and machinery exhibits and demonstrations, antique automobile and truck exhibits and gas and steam engine exhibits. Threshing, corn shelling field harvest demonstrations, plowing, horse farming, lumber sawing and black smithing are demonstrated throughout the day. Visitors can enjoy the arts and crafts show, flea market and souvenir stand. The children's playground and barnyard as well as straw pile scavenger hunt will keep the little ones occupied. A flag raising ceremony, parade, church service, guest speakers and live musical entertainment complete the day.
Over the years the show site, 4 miles south of Sterling, has become a museum. The Sodbusters have moved in and preserved an old elevator scale house, utility barn with an antique tool collection, a chapel, a windmill, a print shop, post office, and the Smartville railroad depot building. A one-room country school is planned to be added to the exhibit. Come and enjoy this great weekend with us!
The Sterling City Park includes paved walking path, a ball diamond, sand volleyball and basketball courts, restrooms, overnight camping, picnic tables, park shelter, and playground equipment.
Located nine miles east of Sterling, this 27-acre lake has swimming, picnicking, camping and fishing areas.
The Sterling rural area is a prime place to hunt quail, pheasant, turkey and deer. Non-resident hunting permits are available from the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission in Lincoln, Nebraska. Both private and public hunting areas are available in Johnson County.