For the past 27 years, the Bellevue-Offutt Kiwanis has been proud to sponsor Arrows to Aerospace, Bellevue's premier community celebration. This year, the event has several new features like Native American activities, K-9 demos, FREE pony rides, and stick horse races. Returning features include a parade, pancake feed, bounce houses, crafts for children, entertainment, food, and fun in Washington Park in Olde Towne Bellevue. The club also sponsors a luncheon, music program, and bingo at the Senior Center on Friday.
The Saturday events are listed below. All take place in Washington Park near downtown Bellevue unless noted otherwise. See the printable 2017 schedule of events for all three days.
|Olde Towne Grand Parade (Mission Ave. to the Park)||10 am|
|Downhill Mile (St. Mary's School/Mission Ave.)||8 am|
|Pancake Breakfast with the Pancake Man ($6 for adults; $4 for children 10 and under)||8-11:30 am|
|Crafts & Vendors||8 am-4:30 pm|
|Great Sarpy County Quilt Exhibit (at Sarpy County Museum)||10 am-4 pm|
|Kids' Bounce Houses||10 am-4:30 pm|
|Native American crafts, stories, erecting a teepee||11 am-4:30 pm|
|Offutt K-9 Demos, Meet and Greet||11 am-4:30 pm|
|Little Taste of Bellevue||11:30 am-3 pm|
|Pedal Pull (children 4-12 years old)||Noon-2 pm|
|Bellevue Fire, Rescue & Police Display||Noon-3 pm|
|Solar Eclipse and Nebraska Sesquicentennial Crafts for Kids||Noon-3 pm|
|Log Cabin Tours||Noon-3 pm|
|History of the Old Presbyterian Church (across from the park)||Noon-3 pm|
|Visit with the Animals (Gifford Farm booth)||Noon-4 pm|
|Stick Horse Races (all ages)||Noon-4 pm|
|Papillion Area Concert Band||12:15-1:00 pm|
|Decorating Cupcakes for Nebraska's 150th Anniversary||1-3 pm|
|FREE Pony Rides||1-3 pm|
|Tangier Shrine Chanters||1-1:30 pm|
|Children Stories, Animal Stories, and Traditional Lakota Stories, by Jerome Kills Small||1:30-2:30 pm|
|History of Nebraska as told by Peter Sarpy, by Darrell Draper
(in the Old Presbyterian Church across from the park)
|Music by Kenneth Hall, Nebraska Oath Keepers||3:30-4:30 pm|
The Bellevue Bicycle Club and Midwest Cycling Community will not be holding the Twilight Criterium this year. We hope that they will return in 2018 for the fifth Arrows to Aerospace Twilight Criterium.
The parade is on Saturday, August 19, 2017. It runs from the corner of Bert Murphy and Mission Avenue to Washington Park in Olde Towne Bellevue (see a map of the parade route). Please print and complete the 2017 parade entry form or use this Word document to fill in the blanks on the computer. Entry forms must be received by mail or email by August 14.
If you have questions about the parade, contact Karen Mier at 402-990-1295 or via email.
The parade is usually aired on Bellevue TV on Cox cable channel 17 within a week of the event.
Best Overall - Bellevue Leader
Best in Church - Offutt Protestant Chapel
Best in Community - Red Hatters
Best in Business - Hike Real Estate
Best Performance - Destruction Dance Drill Team
Sponsorships are welcome and appreciated! Please complete the 2017 sponsorship form and mail it with your check. You may also contact Paul Swanson, 402-444-1248.
Arts and crafts and food vendors interested in participating should contact Dale Richter at 402-291-3546 or via email. Non-profit groups are also invited to participate.
For general questions about Arrows to Aerospace, contact Lloyd Dowding at 402-593-2187 or via email or Karen Mier at 402-990-1295.