Experience the Magic

The Willow Tree Festival is named for a real Willow Tree that still lives on the banks of Antelope Creek near the Sheridan County Fair Grounds in Gordon, Nebraska. The Lone Willow was for many years a meeting place for all of the early residents of the area including cowboys, settlers, fur traders and Native Americans. It is in this spirit of “A Place to Meet” that we invite you and your family to meet us at the Willow Tree Festival on the banks of Antelope Creek at Winship Park in Gordon.
The Willow Tree Festival is in its third decade as a kaleidoscope of entertainment for the whole family with simultaneous performances on three stages. Art and Craft Vendors surround the grounds and “Food Row” offers divine taste treats. There are children’s activities to entertain the young at heart and two museums that are open for your enjoyment. The festival grounds encompass two city parks and the community building. Adjacent streets are blocked off to make the grounds a large, safe area for all day family fun.

Festival Hours

Saturday: 10:00 – 5:00

Sunday: 10:00 – 4:00


One button will admit you to both days of festival activities.

Advance Purchase: Adults $10.00 Youth 5-18 $2.00

At the Gate: Adults $12.00 Youth 5-18 $3.00

Buttons may be purchased in advance at:

Gordon: First National Bank, Grocery Mart, Chamber of Commerce, Stockmen’s Drug, Gordon Memorial Hospital, Kut & Kurl, Gordon Vision Center

Other Sites: Security First Bank in Merriman, Rushville, Chadron, Martin, Cody, Hay Springs, and Crawford. Vision Center in Chadron. Chamber of Commerce in Alliance and Chadron. Sandhill Oil in Hyannis

Church Service

The annual ecumenical church service will be held at the Gazebo stage beginning at 9:00 a.m. Sunday morning. This year our service will be conducted by Pastor George Jones from the Gordon Church of God.

Support and Volunteers

The Willow Tree Festival is truly a community event made possible by many volunteers, donors and organizations. Without these people, who number more than 400, it would be impossible to experience the magic of the Willow Tree Festival.

The majority of funding comes from our area businesses and individuals whose continued support is unmeasurable.

The Nebraska Arts Council, a state agency, has supported this arts event through its matching grants program funded by the Nebraska Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts, and The Nebraska Cultural Endowment. Visit for information on how the Nebraska Arts Council can assist your organization.

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