Douglas County is mostly urban but that does not exclude it from the county fair circuit. This year’s theme is “Where Urban and Rural Meet” and they are working hard to incorporate both lifestyles into the event.
The fairgrounds in Waterloo closed in 1989 and since then the fair had been held at the CenturyLink Center and other locations in downtown Omaha. Executive Director Vernon Waldren that will change and the fair will move west again. He says it will be held at three locations – Village Pointe Shopping Center near 173rd and Dodge Street, at the Chance Ridge Event Center on Skyline Road in Elkhorn with parking available at Metro Community College’s Elkhorn Campus.
Waldren says their goal is to educate the city dwellers on how important agriculture is to the state but also teach those in agriculture production the urban component. He says, “We also have consumers so they need to be able to work together. We are also doing a lot of education on agriculture. We have displays and education going on with STEM, which is science, technology, engineering and math.”
The ribbon cutting on the new venues will be at 6 tonight at Village Pointe. Governor Pete Ricketts will be there to help get the fun started. The parade is Saturday at 9 and the fair wraps up Sunday.