The Nebraska State Fair campgrounds offers water, electricity, and safe RV parking just a short walk from the Fair. One very senior Nebraskan has made the campgrounds her home away from home while she explores the exhibits, and the Fair food feastings.
You're never too old for the Nebraska State Fair: that was the message that 103 year-old Pansy Mueller, native daughter of Broken Bow, made clear by example.
"We retired, bought an RV, sold our home to our son, and we've been on the road ever since...with Mom," explained Pansy's daughter Laura Miller.
Mrs. Mueller and her family can RV camp in comfort, thanks to expansions and upgrades at the State Fair Campgrounds.
Several dozen new concrete RV pads were poured this year, bringing the total number of spaces with both concrete parking pads and electricity to about one hundred and ten.
It's not some people's idea of luxury, but for State Fair fun, the location is hard to beat.
"This isn't a destination type campground like a K.O.A., or a private campground. This is a campground that is used for people to go to the fair and then come back, and so it's still being built. We don't have a lot of grass, and so it gets a little dusty when it gets hot and windy out here," said campground host Roy Anderson.
The campground is aiming to complete about two hundred and ten concrete, electrified spaces by 2014.
Some campers say they'd like to see trees planted, too.
"They've got to get some shade, because it does get pretty hot at this time of the year," Pansy's son-in-law, William Miller, said.
But summer's heat won't stop 103 year Pansy Mueller from getting a sweet State Fair treat.
"Tomorrow, we're going to get a funnel cake. Yep, with strawberries if they have them. That was always her favorite," Pansy's daughter Laura Miller declared.