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Royal is located in Antelope County 37 miles northwest of Norfolk in northeastern Nebraska, on Hwy 20, near the Elkhorn River.

The history of the village of Royal began at Hering's Mill, four miles north of the present town. It was first called "Savage" because a doctor from Sioux City had promised to build a school in any town along the Pacific Short Line that would be named for him. After a few years, when he failed to fulfill his promise, the town changed the name to "Royal" in honor of Royal Thayer, who had been instrumental in establishing the post office.

Local attractions in the Royal area include: Ashfall Fossil Beds, Grove Lake, Grove Trout Rearing Station, Zoo Nebraska.

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08/17 Coming to The area
Teapot Days Tea SD June13-15 Enjoy the carnival, view antique tractors and equipment, and watch the crowning of Ma and Pa Teapot.
Awesome Biker Nights Sioux City IA June13-15 Awesome Biker Nights is Northwest Iowa's premier regional motorcycle event with an attendance of over 25,000! Of course, even those who aren't traveling on two wheels are welcome at the event. The Awesome experience includes three stages of live music from National and Regional Bands, motorcycle stunt performances, a poker run through the beautiful countryside, a bike show, tattoo contest, poker tournament, bike raffle, vendors and more.
Swedish Festival Stromberg NE June14-16 Welcome to Stromsberg, the Swede capital of Nebraska. Swedish dancing, costumes, and food can be enjoyed throughout the festivities.
Turner County Fair Parker SD August12-15 South Dakota's oldest county fair. The four best days of summer.
Sidewalk Arts Festival Sioux Falls SD September7 The Sidewalk Arts Festival is the Sioux Salls region's largest one day outdoor festival. Held each year in historic downtown Sioux falls, the festival fills Phillips Avenue from 9th to 14th streets, draws 65,000 visitors and showcases 375 fine art, folk art, and craft booths.