Nebraska State Fair Kicks Off Next Week

By: Megan Johnson Email
By: Megan Johnson Email

With the 143rd Nebraska State Fair just over a week away, open class entries are already coming into Fonner Park.

But preparations have been underway since last year's fair ended, and the Events and Entertainment Director Chelsey Jungck says that besides their concert series, they'll have something to see and do around every corner.

"We always try to do a mix of some of the traditional favorites, so the petting zoo and the racing pigs we've invited back, Showbot and the Living Vines, but we have a lot of new too," she says. "The sea lions, they're new, we have a living statue, and there's a lot of festivals and other entertainment as well."

A lineworkers rodeo, the new Groundwater Guardian Outdoor Learning Center, and a Wine and Grape Festival will be among the fresh highlights Jungck says.

On the livestock side of the fair, officials say that cattle numbers will be down slightly thanks to the drought, but Livestock Superintendent Bill Angell says that other animals should stay steady.

He says there will be plenty of things there as well for fairgoers to see including the new Avenue of Breeds.

"You know people hear about it [but wonder] what's an Angus or what's a Hereford or what's a Charolais," says Angell. "To actually see them and know what they are and where they come from and how they fit into the overall beef industry, I think it's going to be an educational thing."

Angell says showcasing the state's number one industry is important, but letting the public get an up close look is only part of why exhibitors enter and compete at the State Fair.

"It also gets them to come out and be in competition and see what other producers are doing and so it's a great promotional tool, it's a great advertising tool for their program and for their farm and ranch," he says.

With so much to see and so, fair officials recommend going to their website where people can create their own schedules and find out what's happening.

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