The State Fair made the move from Lincoln to Grand Island a year ago. Attendance topped 300,000.
State Fair Executive Director Joseph McDermott says the move has helped the Fair return to its rural roots.
“I think if you come out to Grand Island you’re going to see considerably more agriculture than you would have back in Lincoln,” McDermott says.
McDermott says he doesn’t like to predict attendance, but believes the Fair can build off last year.
“We took surveys last year in the Fair and those showed that over 91% of those people who attended last year planned on attending this year,” according to McDermott. “So, I think we’ve got a pretty good insurance policy for this year.”
McDermott says the new, more central location is attractive to many rural Nebraska residents. Still, McDermott says he believes the Fair remains attractive to Omaha and Lincoln residents, many of whom have rural ties.