Nebraskaland Days will pursue an alternate format for this year’s Buffalo Bill Birthday Bash, scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 27.

The Buffalo Bill Birthday Bash will move to a drive-thru format for dinner this year, followed by an online short program and auction.

“Things seem to be improving as we’re seeing vaccinations accelerate and cases come down, but we’re just not comfortable forcing the issue in late February,” Nebraskaland Days Executive Director David Fudge said. “We see the light at the end of the tunnel, but we’re not sure we’ll be out of the tunnel in time to run a normal Bash.”

Fudge and the board of directors hope people will get together in small groups in their homes to enjoy a short online program and auction.

The annual silent auction will launch Feb. 22 and last all week. The live auction will open Saturday evening and be held throughout the program, which will start at 7 p.m.

From 5:30-7 p.m. that evening, the organization will set up a drive-thru in the Wild West Arena parking lot to hand out dinner and drinks. Fudge said the team will provide Pit BBQ meal kits with a couple meats, two side dishes with rolls and drinks for four, Fudge said. The kits will be packaged in containers for easy pick up.

“We have some folks who really know how to cook lined up to help us. Dinner’s going to be pretty dang good,” Fudge said.

Meal orders will begin on Feb. 1 and be limited in quantity.

The Bash is the only fundraiser for the Nebraskaland Days festival, providing a shot of income for June. Nebraskaland Days is scheduled for June 16-26.

The theme is “The Reboot” since all the entertainers scheduled in 2020 were successfully rescheduled for 2021, Fudge said.