The Nebraska State Fair is open, its second year at Grand Island.
Gov. Heineman tells fairgoers on opening day that the Fair will try to top the 300,000-plus attendance of a year ago.
“What I really appreciate is the renewed emphasis on families, agriculture and our young people in particular,” Heineman says.
The State Fair moved from Lincoln to Fonner Park in Grand Island last year. Heineman says the move has proven successful and has proven that events don’t have to move east in Nebraska to be successful.
Heineman says the State Fair shines the spotlight directly on the state’s number one industry.
“This is an opportunity to showcase agriculture, to showcase 4-H and other programs involving our young people and, again, I just want to emphasize we are showcasing the number one industry in this state,” according to Heineman. “And it’s one of the key reasons why Nebraska is in much better shape than the rest of the country.”
The State Fair runs through next Monday.