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The annual ice cream social, sponsored by the Champion Women’s Club, is open to the public at the Chase County Museum in Champion Sunday from 1-4 p.m.
In addition, information will be presented by Ted Tietjen of Grant concerning the Great Western Cattle Trail of Nebraska.
The mission of the organization is to preserve and promote the unique heritage and culture of the cattle drives up the Western Trail in the late 1800s.
After the Civil War, herds of cattle were driven north to marketing points in eastern Nebraska, but settlement by homesteaders forced the trail farther west each year.
Beginning in 1875 Union Pacific Railroad chose Ogallala as its main shipping point. In 1876 over 60,000 cattle were driven over the trail.
Between six and 10 million head of cattle traveled the trail from 1874-88.
Live entertainment will also be on tap during the afternoon.