There’s a change to the Nebraska State Fair concert series this year: no lines, no waiting and no wristbands.
Fair executive director Joseph McDermott says they’re replacing the wristband program with reserved seat ticketing. That means concertgoers will no longer need to stand in line to get wristbands — something that will help those who live outside of the Grand Island area.
McDermott says: “People had to come to the grounds about noon to get a wristband and often waited in line and then came back an hour or two before showtime and had to wait in line again to make sure they got into the events center and got a good seat.”
The change will come with a $6 “convenience fee,” though McDermott says fairgoers shouldn’t be too upset.
“Most people, when they go to concerts anymore, they’re used to paying these convenience fees,” he says. “Hopefully, that won’t be an issue with too many people. There’s quite a few benefits with this new system and hopefully the benefits outweigh that small convenience fee.”
Tickets can be purchased through the website www.etix.com or by calling or stopping by the Heartland Events Center in person.
Concert tickets will go on sale August 4th. The 145th Nebraska State Fair is scheduled for August 22nd through September 1st.
By Jeniffer Berry, KHAS, Hastings