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PLATTSMOUTH – Another festival is coming to Plattsmouth.

The Nebraska Forest Service is hosting the 2018 Forest Festival at Horning State Farm, 2015 Horning Road, on Oct. 27 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will celebrate Nebraska’s growers, producers, and artisans as part of National Forest Products Week.

The event is free and open to everyone.

“We had a similar event, Forestry Field Day, last year after a 10-year hiatus,” said Benjamin Bohall, spokesman for the Nebraska Forest Service. “With the Forest Festival, we’re changing things a little. Our main theme is talking about forest products.”

In 2014, more than 10 million board feet of lumber was produced in Nebraska for various products.

“For an agricultural state that is pretty good,” said Adam Smith, the forest service’s forest product program leader.

Products from forests include wood pallets, wood shavings for animal bedding, fence posts and more, Smith said.

“There will be a number of vendors showcasing their products from Nebraska wood,” he said.

Besides forest product businesses, other attractions at the festival will include local farmers markets, outdoor equipment dealers, food and microbrews, music and more. The forest service will have a booth talking about forest safety, Bohall said.

Hiking trails will be open all day.

“There will be a lot of nature activities,” Smith added.

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