After much anticipation the turn-styles open today at the Nebraska State Fair in Grand Island. Executive Director Lori Cox says they have been hard at work putting together a fantastic fair for all Nebraskans.
Cox says, “The number one reason that folks come to any fair across the country is the animals. There are 9,000 critters coming to the Nebraska State Fair. Everything from the equestrian side, the cattle side, sheep, pigs, ducks, chickens. You name it, we’ve got it. Even some exotics at the petting zoo.”
Speaking of animals, Cox says the fair’s number one attraction is the Birthing Pavilion. She says, “Nowhere else are you going to be able to experience baby animals being born. It is just an incredible thing. We have four different species in that Birthing Pavilion that are busy being moms.”
Cox says there is entertainment galore. There are live sharks and sea lions, trapeze artists, trick dogs, pig races, music and more.
Concerts this year include Kelly Clarkson, Sugarland, Righteous Brothers and Bill Medley, Night Ranger, Old Dominion, Francesca Battistelli, and Night Ranger. There are also a number of other musical acts on the fairgrounds throughout the event.
A state fair isn’t a state fair without food. Cox says they have over 50 food stands so no one will walk away hungry. Grilled mac and cheese is new this year along with other favorites like the pineapple whip, mini donuts, corn dogs, bbq, ice cream and foods on a stick.
Cox reminds fair-goers there are plenty of chills and thrills at the midway. There are rides, games and lots of food and drink to enjoy.
The Nebraska State Fair runs through Labor Day, September 3rd.