The Home of the Bears
Greeley is home to the University of Northern Colorado, a publicly run selective university of around 12,000 students. The university was founded in 1890 to train teachers for area public schools, but has expanded to offer over 200 different undergraduate and graduate majors. Students have over 20 sororities and fraternities to choose from, as well as around 150 student organizations to join. Historically the UNC Bears have proven to be a good starting ground for future professional athletes, especially ones in the NFL. Reed Doughty of the Washington Redskins and Aaron Smith of the Pittsburgh Steelers both started as UNC Bears.
Greeley's Utopian Pas
In 1868 Nathan Meeker, the agricultural editor of the New York Tribune, headed West to found a perfect society. His utopian vision was based on the ideas of cooperation, education, religion, temperance, and irrigation. His high ideals were never realized, but his beliefs did allow him to create Union Colony, a fertile oasis in the semi-arid plains of Northern Colorado. The town was later renamed Greeley in honor of Meeker's editor Horace Greeley, known for popularizing the apropos slogan "Go West, young man." Nathan Meeker's adobe brick house still stands in the heart of downtown Greeley. Tours from costumed guides are arranged by appointment.
OcktoBREWfest in Linc
OktoBREWfest is the perfect name for the annual German heritage and beer celebration in Greeley's Lincoln Park. It is a lot like a traditional Oktoberfest, so look for lots of lederhosen and polka bands, but with a twist. Do not be surprised to see a local rock band setting up after the polka act or receive an invitation to join the ongoing game of life-sized beer pong. Local craft brews share the spotlight with the traditional German lagers and stouts. Spring for a ticket to the VIP tasting lounge for a chance to rub steins with the brewmasters themselves.