Fair Won't Change Much

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Continued financial difficulties at the Nebraska State Fair make it difficult to radically change the annual event to attract more people.

That is what fair manager Pat Lloyd told the fair board at its meeting Friday.

Some board members expressed frustration that the 2004 fair apparently is shaping up a lot like last year's.

Jo Kinsey of Lincoln wondered what message that is sending people who are considering whether to attend the fair.

Lloyd says his staff continues to search for new, exciting and fun events to attract people. He says there should be an emphasis on free entertainment so people feel like they are getting their money's worth out of admission.

The fair's budget is projected to be about $300,000 short for 2004. That is an improvement over 2003 when the budget was $566,000 in the red.