3 Reasons to Visit Logan County

This weekend, your "3 reasons to visit Logan County" can all be found at the 39th annual Sugar Beet Days Festival, Sat.-Sun., Sept., 21-22, in downtown Sterling. Food court, vendor booths and entertainment both days!

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Sugar Beet Days is a fun two-day annual festival the third week of September which celebrates the agricultural heritage of sugar beets in Logan County. Sugar beets may look like the ugly cousin of a turnip but they are a plant whose root contains a high concentration of sucrose and which is grown commercially for sugar production. The first harvested beets shipped out of Logan County in 1902, and that resulted in the building of a sugar factory in Sterling. Nearly, 9,000 acres of beets were harvested in the Sterling factory’s first year of operation in 1905. The factory processed record tonnage in 1930 when Sterling district growers in the county produced 224,000 tons of sugar beets on 16,869 acres. The Sterling factory is no longer, but the history is still celebrated every year at this fall festival with arts and crafts, entertainment and food vendors all on the Historical Logan County Courthouse Square in downtown Sterling. You can even get a taste of a real sugar beet!

3 Reasons to Visit Logan County

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1. Many Things to Do

Are you looking to plan a visit to Sterling? Find a variety of ideas to fill your itinerary. Maybe you love museums or hiking and biking? Perhaps you enjoy golf or disc golf or fishing and boating? Here you’ll discover a plethora of activities for every level of adventure. And to top it all off, you’ll rarely be caught in a traffic jam or stand in line! Ready for some free-range tourism? You’ve come to the right place to roam.

2. Numerous Places to Eat

Our culinary culture includes down home favorites at the local diners and exquisite cuisine in upscale restaurants. A gigantic scoop of hard ice cream is a favorite at the charming Simkins Parlour and the Hot Spot Smokehouse has some of the best barbecue around. Stop at the new Parts & Labor Brewery for a selection from their diverse menu and a brew made with locally grown wheat.

3. Wonderful Places to Stay

Accommodations in Sterling and Logan County range from a quaint boutique motel to modern hotels in beautiful settings. Travelers who prefer recreational vehicles or tent camping will feel right at home at our campsite facilities.

3 Reasons to Visit Logan County

…. To Beat The Heat!

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1. Sterling Recreation Center

 A place to stay cool and have fun! The outdoor pool includes a wading pool, several water features, and four slides. The indoor pool is open year round and it includes basketball hoops, canoes and kayaks, and a diving board. Dive on in!

2.  North Sterling State Park

This spacious reservoir on the high plains is a gateway to fun and relaxation! Swim beach, boat rentals, and plenty of nooks and crannies to fish or dip your feet in the water. Bring a picnic and spend the day here.

3.  Cool Places to Stay

Relax away in cool comfort at one of our lodging facilities. Several have pools! Check it out here.

3 Reasons to Visit Logan County

 

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1. Many Things to Do

Are you looking to plan a visit to Sterling? Find a variety of ideas to fill your itinerary. Maybe you love museums or hiking and biking? Perhaps you enjoy golf or disc golf or fishing and boating? Here you’ll discover a plethora of activities for every level of adventure. And to top it all off, you’ll rarely be caught in a traffic jam or stand in line! Ready for some free-range tourism? You’ve come to the right place to roam.

2.  Numerous Places to Eat

Our culinary culture includes down home favorites at the local diners and exquisite cuisine in upscale restaurants. A gigantic scoop of hard ice cream is a favorite at the charming Simkins Parlour and the Hot Spot Smokehouse has some of the best barbecue around. Stop at the new Parts & Labor Brewery for a selection from their diverse menu and a brew made with locally grown wheat.

3.  Wonderful Places to Stay

Accommodations in Sterling and Logan County range from a quaint boutique motel to modern hotels in beautiful settings. Travelers who prefer recreational vehicles or tent camping will feel right at home at our campsite facilities.

 

3 Reasons to Visit Logan County

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1. North Sterling State Park

North Sterling is a boater’s and fisherman’s paradise offering a 3,000-acre lake with a fascinating array of flats and coves to explore. An additional 2,800 acres of land support a wide variety of recreational activities, including bird-watching, wildlife viewing, hiking and more. The region is home to a diversity of wildlife and has a rich historical heritage. Learn more here.

2.  Prewitt State Wildlife Area

Prewitt is leased by Colorado Parks and Wildlife from the Morgan-Prewitt Irrigation Company with 3,047 acres which are managed primarily for fishing and hunting. Check it out here.

3.  Jumbo State Wildlife Area

Jumbo Reservoir is a 1,578-acre body of water located on the Jumbo State Wildlife Area. Anglers can expect excellent fishing for walleye and crappie, and quality fishing for channel catfish and bluegill. Find more details here.

3 Reasons to Visit Logan County This Weekend

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1. Birds, Blossoms and Butterflies

Celebrate spring at the Sterling Creatives’ First Friday Open House on May 3, from 11:30 am–6 pm. There will be plenty of spring-themed artwork available in the gallery and you will be able to meet with May’s featured artist of the month, Denise Sunderman, the brilliant mind behind Fruit Jar Studio and maker of many items that can be found in the gallery, like jewelry, birdfeeders, and hand-dyed silk scarves. There will also be lots of delicious snacks with fondue and a chocolate fountain! Denise will be offering make-and-take pendants for just $5. Click here for more details!

2.  Jazz it Up

Take a quick break down the street in Historical Downtown Sterling for First Friday @ First Presbyterian featuring the Sterling High School Jazz Band on May 3, from 12:05-12:35 pm.  This monthly musical treat takes place in the 1918 First Presbyterian Church with its unaltered exterior and original stained glass windows. Learn more about it here.

3.  Free for Kids!

You will want to enjoy Family Fun Saturday at the Overland Trail Museum, May 4, from 9 am-5 pm. Kids are admitted free of charge all day! Come and experience “A Child’s Life on the Prairie” and learn about farm chores, gathering eggs and washing clothes in a wash tub. Have fun with the potato sack races, jump rope, hopscotch and three-legged races! Find more details here.

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