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.

Discover Activities in Valley County

  • Scratchtown Brewing Co.

    An entrepreneurial trio and their passionate families and crew brew history-making beers at Scratchtown Brewing Co. The name comes from a quote by the town’s namesake, Gen. E. ...

  • Nebraska’s Junk Jaunt

    Nebraska’s Junk Jaunt is a 300-mile garage sale linking 500 vendors with shoppers from 35 states. Nearly 50 communities participate in the central Nebraska event. Ord is Junk Jaunt central. Driveways, ...

  • Valley Fire Espresso

    Valley Fire Espresso pours lattes, shakes and other drinks by the cupful in this small corner shop complete with a drive-thru. Locally made pottery is for sale inside. Seating ...

  • Valley County Museum

    The Valley County Museum at 117 S. 16th St. keeps area pioneer, military and agricultural history alive with exhibits and events. The museum is on the northwest corner of Ord's ...

  • Auble’s Pond

    One of Nebraska’s largest flags flies over Bussell Park at Auble’s Pond. There is a campground west of the fountain, and a swimming pool to the southwest. ...

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