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West Point is located in Cuming County (of which it is the county seat), situated at the junction of Hwy 32, Hwy 9 and US Hwy 275, along the Elkhorn River north of Fremont.
West Point, began in March 1857 when some Omaha businessmen and a group of Easterners formed the "Nebraska Settlement Association." A committee was appointed to scout the Elkhorn Valley for a good town site. Uriah, John, and Andrew Bruner, and William Sexauer, chose a spot on the bend of the river, which they originally called "New Philadelphia."
The population estimate for July 1, 1998 was 3,340, an increase of 90 since 1990.
Westpoint is mostly a trade and manufacturing community today. Known throughout the state for its outstanding livestock exhibition, the 68th annual Cuming County Fair is held in West Point in August. Activities include: community theater productions, musicals, baseball, horse shows, and an annual city-wide garage sale. "Octoberfest" is a tribute to the town's German heritage.
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08/17 Coming to The area
Orange City Tulip Festival Orange City IA May16-18 The Orange City Tulip Festival - an entertaining celebration of the best of small-town America - showcases for 100,000 visitors this thriving community's rich Dutch heritage. Festivities include music and dancing by hundreds of children and adults in intricate authentic costumes, two daily parades featuring top area marching bands, nightly musical theatre, a carnival midway, fun ethnic food treats, plus thousands of tulips and a dozen reproduction windmills throughout a charming village.
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.
Glenn Miller Festival Clarinda IA June13-16 Hear exciting bands from around the world topped off by the World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra. Enjoy the new Glenn Miller Birthplace Museum and the Birthplace Home; stage shows; picnics; dances; historical displays; plus the fellowship of hundreds of Miller fans from around the world.