State Fair

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It may be the last best chance for the Nebraska State Fair.

A constitutional amendment to divert $2 million a year in state lottery proceeds to the fair drew support Thursday from Gov. Mike Johanns, Lincoln Mayor Colleen Seng and former Gov. Charlie Thone.

Thone will serve as chairman of the committee to pass the amendment, which will appear on the Nov. 2 ballot as Amendment Four.

The Legislature this year voted to put the amendment on the ballot. The diverted lottery proceeds would be used by the fair to issue bonds to address building and maintenance needs.

The amendment also constitutionally guarantees that funds benefiting the environment and education always get money from the lottery.

It also was announced Thursday that a fund-raising campaign co-chaired by Johanns and his wife, Stephanie, raised $185,000. The goal was $135,000.