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The Midwest meets the West in Nebraska. The 100th meridian, as identified by geographers makes a claim literal, but no one needs a sign to see the divide since the cornfields of the east turn into the Great Plains in the west. Nebraskans are inventive, industrious people. It's the land of the first Arbor Day, and where Kool-Aide comes from. Nebraskans also know how to have fun and celebrate with great festivals and events all around the state.

J. Sterling Morton, a Nebraska politician, turned agriculturist founded Arbor Day in 1872, and a million trees were planted across the state. The other 50 states followed suit, but you'll find the biggest and best Arbor Day celebration on the last Friday of every April in Nebraska City. It's celebrated with festivities all around the city with parades, live entertainment, and a 5K run.

With a less serious venture, Nebraskan Edwin Perkins stirred up a batch of a fun new drink in his home town of Hastings over 80 years ago. He named it Kool-Aide, and today it's a household word. The city celebrates each year in the hot days of August with a festival that attracts thousands of visitors for parades, games, and the world’s largest Kool-Aid stand.

Nebraskans don't leave their native forefathers out of the picture when honoring the state's culture. Each year in June the Intertribal Gathering takes place at the Fort Robinson State Park. The festival celebrates Native American heritage through storytelling, singing, dance, and other art forms.

Heritage and famous Nebraskans are put aside for just plain, silly fun on the second Saturday of July in the town of Wayne. A tradition since 1981, the Wayne Chicken Show is said to be "cheep" and quirky. They hold the world’s largest chicken dance and the National Cluck-Off along with fireworks, games, and more.

Things get a little classier around early June in Omaha. The Omaha Summer Arts Festival is a three-day event that honors their own as well as more than 100 juried artists from around the nation. This festival gets serious with original art, live music, and more to be named not only the city's best annual festival but one of the Top 100 Fine Craft Fairs and Top 100 Fine Arts Festivals in the nation.

Nebraskans have been more than inventors and artists over the years. They have been hard workers as a big part of the nation's Corn Belt. Turning that fact into fun too, they celebrate each year in mid-September with Husker Harvest Days in Grand Island. Hundreds of exhibitors come to showcase products and services related to the state's agriculture. The event is huge and spreads over more than 80 acres with stands, crafts, field demonstrations and more.

Hard work, originality, and inventiveness are still a part of life in Nebraska. Residents in the Gateway to the West can now keep their property in tiptop shape with the finest lawn care technology available today. Lawn Love is a premier lawn service that lets you leave your lawn care needs to professionals. Book your lawn care with Lawn Love and start celebrating life in Nebraska today.

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