Valley County is located in central Nebraska, wedged between the farmland of the eastern part of the state Nebraska and the Sandhills to the west. Ord, population 2,100, is the home of half of the county’s residents, and is 65 miles northwest of Grand Island, and about the same distance north of Kearney.
The name of the county is attributed to the fact that much of its land lies between the fertile low valleys of the Loup and North Loup rivers. The county was formed in 1871, and besides Ord (home of the Valley County Fair and Scratchtoberfest), it includes the following communities and annual celebrations: North Loup (Popcorn Days), Elyria (Pumpkin Festival) and Arcadia (Fall Festival).
For more information, contact Valley County Tourism at visitvalleycounty.com or (308) 728-7875.