This year’s Nebraska State Fair had 18,000 more visitors compared to last year.
The State Fair Board is reporting a nearly 5% year-over-year increase. Total attendance was 379,108.
“This number is just 10,000 folks shy of the all time high of 389,171 set in 1997,” executive director Joseph McDermott said in a statement. “We knew we were running steady in attendance, but it’s always great to get the final figures and to know we chalked up some very high numbers. This brings our eight-year total to 2,415,137.”
The State Fair was last held in Lincoln in 2009 before moving to new fairgrounds in Grand Island in 2010.
“One of the things will be working to resolve are the issues that concertgoers experienced this year,” State Fair Board chair Chris Kircher said, “The long lines, security and line of sight issues will be addressed and corrected for 2018.”
Fairgoers were generally pleased with the State Fair with 88% of them saying they are likely or very likely to recommend the Nebraska State Fair to others.
The 2018 Nebraska State Fair will take place from August 24 through September 3.