The Nebraska Passport Program is in its 8th year. Each fall, businesses across the state apply to be one of the 80 stops for the following summer’s program.
Jenn Gjerde, public information officer for the Nebraska Tourism Commission, says there are ten tours with eight stops each, including one with the theme: “Thrills and Chills.”
“Some of the places on there are really quirky or they’re haunted,” Gjerde says. “We have Celebrate Nebraska 150. These are places that are really taking advantage of the sesquicentennial and celebrating this year. We have a Hidden Treasures Tour, just unique places that people may not even realize are tucked away in the corners of Nebraska.”
The program was launched in 2010 and since then has grown exponentially.
“Just a couple hundred people took part that first year and now we’re in the 20,000s and we hope to see about 40,000 people participate this year,” Gjerde says. “Last year, we had over 160 people get to all 80 stops and we expect that number to be even greater this year.”
The campaign runs each year from May 1st to September 30th, and so far, Gjerde says six people have received all 80 stamps.
Gjerde says when you turn your passport in at the end of September, you’ll be eligible for some great prizes.
Passports are available on-line at NebraskaPassport.com or you can pick one up at any of the stops.
By Paul Hughes, WJAG, Norfolk