BEATRICE - It’s Homestead Days week in Beatrice, with activities from Wednesday through Sunday.  “Make Ideas Happen” is the theme of this year’s celebration. One idea happening is creating of a playhouse in the form of a space capsule.  That is o mark the 50th anniversary of man's walk on the moon.

That spaceship is on the lawn outside the office of Beatrice Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Angie Bruna.   Tickets for the spaceship drawing are $10 each.

Other drawing prizes include an airplane ride over Beatrice on the Fourth of July, or a ride in the pace car at Beatrice Speedway.

Activities will be held throughout the community and at the Homestead National Monument of America.  Bruna says one goal is to have activities for all ages.

Main Street Beatrice has their ribfest on Saturday, downtown, and displays and activities will be held at the Beatrice Public Library.   Monday night, the city council approved an alternate location for the Jayhusker swap meet, if flooding should make that necessary.  The regular site is Chautauqua Park, but could be moved to 4th Street between Court and High Street, if necessary.

Bruna says entries have been coming in for the annual Homestead Days Parade, on Saturday.   As of Tuesday, about 75 entries had been received for the parade which starts at 10 a.m., Saturday, through the downtown area.

A Homestead Days brochure is available at the chamber office which lists all of the activities and performances going on throughout the celebration.