By Governor Dave Heineman
Even though county fairs are winding down, and the new school year is gearing up, there is still some good family fun to be had this summer. The Nebraska State Fair will take place August 22 through September 1 in Grand Island and I want to encourage all Nebraskans to attend the State Fair.
This year’s theme is “A Bumper Crop of Fun.” It is the perfect family fun destination. This is the fifth year that the 145-year-old Nebraska State Fair will be held in Grand Island and fairgoers will once again notice additions around the fairgrounds as well as a great lineup of entertainment.
The most substantial physical addition is the new Nebraska Building. Located in the Family Fun Zone, the Nebraska Building will be home to both Raising Nebraska and the Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Encounter.
Raising Nebraska is an interactive museum display that will explain the steps necessary to get your food from the farm to the fork. The Raising Nebraska experience is being brought to the Nebraska State Fair by the University of Nebraska with volunteer efforts being coordinated by the Nebraska Department of Agriculture.
The Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Encounter will feature fish aquariums, archery and shooting sports. The Nebraska Tourism Commission will be present with hands on exhibits and information on Nebraska vacations.
The Nebraska Building will also feature a model railroad display, a popular attraction from when the State Fair was in Lincoln.
This new building will be a must see attraction on the fairgrounds this year, so I encourage you to spend some time exploring. I want to encourage you to visit the 4-H and FFA exhibit building. Year after year I am always impressed by the creative and hard work our youth put into their projects for the State Fair.
Fun fair foods will be served throughout the grounds including some fan favorites like pineapple whip, corn dogs and funnel cakes.
From high diving to extreme pogo, from horse shows to wolf shows, there is something for everyone this year with free entertainment featured all across the fair grounds.
The Nebraska State Fair allows us an opportunity to join together to celebrate the accomplishments of our fellow Nebraskans. It gives us an opportunity to learn and share, and provides us with some great entertainment and food options.
I look forward to seeing you at the State Fair.