The fun, food and music continues at the Nebraska State Fair in Grand Island.
Marketing Director Shaun Schleif says, “It was really good. I’m not sure of the official attendance. I know Friday was huge, much more than what we would typically see on the first Friday. We had three concerts outdoors – Thomas Rhett on Friday, we had Lady A on Saturday and last nigh Train. It has just gone very well.”
Today is one of three Nebraska’s largest classrooms day where children from Omaha to Scottsbluff and Valentine to Superior to come out and enjoy the fair. Today is one of three days that will host children from across the state. Along with enjoying the food, the midway and shows, the focus will be on agriculture and the importance of field to fork food production.
Schleif says it is also turning out to be an education opportunity for adults. The birthing center has been busy with piglets born yesterday. Schleif says, “People are actually coming up to folks in the birthing center wanting to adopt the baby pigs because that is the big thing of Facebook right now. Everybody’s got baby pigs running around the living room. And they are serious about it.” Schleif says the person in charge of the birthing center provides a bit of education and shows those wanting baby pigs the mother, who is huge. He says people do not comprehend that pigs do not make good house pets.
The fair food has also been a big hit. Some of the more unusual items include eggs and bacon on a stick, hamburgers with a donut bun and stuffed cucumbers. The fair is also features a variety of entertainment including acrobats, loggers, pig racing, a white tiger show, medieval warfare to a petting zoo and pony rides.
The Nebraska State Fair runs through Labor Day at Fonner Park.