"Celebrate Lincoln" Takes Over Lincoln's Downtown

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LINCOLN, Neb. With everything from comfort food to Nebraska princesses - there's already been lots to see at this year's annual event, "Celebrate Lincoln."

One vendor is no stranger to the festival and he's been serving the community, what he calls "comfort food" for twenty five years
at this specific event. Italian sausage and BBQ chicken are just a few of his specialties.

Joe LaCoco says he has enjoyed watching the festival grow every year.

"It's a good time for Lincoln, you get to be outside, you get the joy of feeding people...you see a lot of people you know it's just something to do in downtown Lincoln."

And this year may be the biggest crowd he's served yet in Lincoln - as volunteer coordinators say the event has grown.

Nathan McKown is the volunteer chair of "Celebrate Lincoln" and he says it takes a coordinated effort to create such a successful event every year.

"We're able to bring in really good acts. As a non-profit we manage this thing so that it appeals to everyone in Lincoln - so that people can really come here and enjoy," said McKown.

While some big headliners take the stage this weekend, including country artist Davd Nail, what makes the annual event great for Lincoln? Tthe family allure. Kids can make their own snow cones, play on bounce houses and take photos in zany booths.

Even Miss Nebraska Princess was there to entertain, helping organizers sell tickets.

Something that vendors say, is really unique about the event, is how much time volunteers spend on creating a festival that comes alive.

Jo LaCoco caters festivals across the state and tells 10/11 that those often fall apart because there aren't enough people to help out.

Nathan Mckown, said, "We really bring events that bring awareness to the downtown community and Lincoln as a whole and we certainly think 'Celebrate Lincoln' has done a good job of doing that over the years."