The Nebraska State Fair kicks off its 143rd year today, the third year in Grand Island.
Nebraska State Fair Board of Directors chairwoman Jana Krueger of Arlington says the board has been ironing out wrinkles from the shift from Lincoln to Fonner Park in Grand Island. One issue the board addressed was traffic and parking problems that frustrated fairgoers last year.
“You want to happy when you get here and so if you’re frustrated just by the process of getting here, that doesn’t help,” Krueger tells Ken Anderson with Brownfield Ag News. “So, we want people to have a great experience at the Nebraska State Fair.”
A new parking lot added spaces and should ease traffic flow.
Krueger says survey results taken the past two years indicate attendees have enjoyed their time at the Fair.
“Once we get them here, they said they’re going to come back again,” Krueger says. “And, so, we just invite everybody to come out and see it.”
Concerts at the Fair begin this evening with the Charlie Daniels Band with a free concert that begins at 7:30pm. Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives perform in a free concert on Saturday evening, presented by RFD-TV and Rural TV. That concert follows the United States Senate debate between Republican Deb Fischer and Democrat Bob Kerrey. The two candidates face each other in the first debate of the campaign at the State Fair, beginning at 4pm.
Other performers at the Fair include Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers, MercyMe, The Fray, Billy Currington and the Steve Miller Band.
Click here for the concert line-up.
Ken Anderson, Brownfield Ag News, contributed to this report.
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