Nebraska State Fair Participates in ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. -- At the Nebraska State Fair Sunday almost 300 fair goers took part in the internet sensation Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS.

State Fair staff were challenged by the staff at the Kansas State Fair and decided to go a bit further.

They also held free will donations, and the State Fair will be making a significant donation to ALS.

Fair officials said the participation with little notice given showed the importance of the movement and the character of Nebraska.

"I think everybody realizes that this is for a good cause, it will provide much needed money for research in that area," said Fair Executive Director Joseph McDermott. "It's obviously taken off across the country. I know a lot of money has been raised and hopefully this will encourage those fairs that have yet run to do the same thing."

The public raised $437 for ALS research.

The fair sent the challenge back to the Kansas State Fair which starts next week to have even more of their fair goers take part.