We’re pretty proud of our traditions and customs here in Nebraska, even if they might seem a little odd to other people. If you’re from Nebraska, you’ll understand these traditions – and probably even recognize them from your own life.
9. Cow chip throwing contests.
We have a lot of cows, and we like to have fun doing unique stuff. Picking up dried cow patties and seeing who can throw them the farthest just kind of makes sense when you look at it that way, doesn't it?
8. Dedicated tailgating.
We're talking rain or shine, in the snow, shave your chest kind of dedication. Those are the lengths Huskers fans will go for an awesome pre-game party.
7. Wearing red every game day...and maybe even to work the day before.
I always think it's funny when I happen to go grocery shopping on a game day and 95% of shoppers are all dolled up in their best Huskers gear, sometimes even with face paint.
6. The Nebraska State Fair.
State fairs are popular across the country, but it's an
extra big deal here. We're even willing to trek halfway across the state to share in the annual festivities.
5. The Wilber Czech Festival.
It's technically Wilber Czech Days, but we're mostly there for the kolaches, pivo, and other amazing Czech food, right? This festival celebrates all things Czech and happens to take place in "The Nation's Czech Capital."
4. Storm Watching.
It's not the same as storm chasing. Storm watching just requires you to sit back, relax (ice cold beer is optional, but recommended), and watch the dark clouds roll in. There's nothing quite like a Nebraska storm.
3. Displaying big love for our college team.
People in Nebraska are seriously devoted to showing pride in the Huskers. This isn't even close to the most decked-out Husker house I've seen.
2. The finger wave.
This one tends to baffle out-of-staters. If you're driving along - particularly on a country road - and there's another car passing you from the other direction, you've got to raise a finger (or two or three) in greeting. It's just what you do.
1. Watching the sandhill crane migration.
Getting together for some en masse birdwatching every spring definitely sounds a little weird. But only until you witness the annual sandhill crane migration for yourself. Even people who don't usually enjoy nature find themselves gasping in awe at the massive numbers of graceful birds congregating on the Platte River.
Do you take part in these very Nebraskan traditions? What are some others that you or your family participate in? Tell us all about it in the comments.