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For Immediate Release
September 19, 2016

Julie Naughton, Public Information Officer, Communications and Legislative Services, (office) 402-471-1695 or (cell) 402-405-7202,

Beatrice State Developmental Center to Hold Annual Fun Day Event


BEATRICE- Fun and games are coming to the Department of Health and Human Services’ (DHHS) Beatrice State Developmental Center (BSDC) on Sept. 25.

That’s when BSDC’s annual Fun Day will be held. Open to the public from 1-4, the event features a ¼ mile and 1-mile “fun trek,” as well as games, entertainment and more.
“Fun Day is a longtime tradition at BSDC,” said Courtney Miller, director of the Division of Developmental Disabilities for DHHS. “It’s an opportunity for residents, their friends and family, and the community to come together to celebrate the great work done at the BSDC.”
The signature event of the day, the Roll-Walk-Run Trek, begins at 2 pm and is open to people of all levels of mobility, who will walk, run or roll a wheelchair to navigate the course. Finishing ribbons will be awarded to the first 100 participants. The Trek requires pre-registration; for questions, please contact

From 1 to 4, the Entertainment Tent will feature a photo booth, a DJ, airbrush face painting, recreation Olympics and a Name that Tune game. Nearby, the Show & Shine exhibit will feature law enforcement vehicles, an ambulance, a fire truck, the Nebraska State Patrol, trucks, motorcycles and lawnmowers. At the end of the day, a People’s Choice Award, given to the vehicle with the most votes, will be presented.

On the grounds, many other games and activities will be operating from 1 to 4. Bear Creek Gifts – which sells artwork and gift items crafted by individuals living at the Center – will be open and shoppers are welcome to stop by.  A refreshment stand will be selling snow cones, cotton candy and popcorn; Dog Sled Hot Dog vendor will be selling hot dogs nearby. 

BSDC has served people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities and related conditions since 1887. The Center is an integral part of the continuum of services provided by the Division of Developmental Disabilities. The facility currently serves 113 people.