As plans are finalized for Old West Days and the Nebraska Cowboy Poetry Gathering and Valentine, Nebraska’s annual 1884 Days. The theme this year is Old Traditions and New beginnings and will feature some past favorite entertainers and some new talent. The committee announced that over 50 outstanding entertainers from fourteen states will be entertaining during the event. Kickoff will be the live old-time radio melodrama to be held Thursday evening, April 25, at the Valentine High School Auditorium, beginning at 7:00 p.m. This event is sponsored by the Valentine area Chamber of Commerce with a free will donation to the chamber and Old West Days. Free music and poetry sessions will be held Friday, the 26th, at the Valentine Methodist Church and Saturday, April 27, at the high school. There will also be a full art and trade show at the high school starting at 4pm on Friday and running all day Saturday. Featured sessions will be at the high school Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 and Saturday afternoon at 1:30. Concession will be available at both locations. The Vets Club will host jam session for anyone who wants to join after the events on Friday and Saturday evenings. Go to for complete line up and details.