New State Fair Director Lori Cox says the fair in Grand Island has gone well this year.
“We’re pretty pleased,” Cox tells Nebraska Radio Network. “It’s been a little bit of a wrestling match with the heat miser in the early part of the week, when we first started, but now we’re up and running with these great 75-degree temperatures. You couldn’t ask for a better weather pattern.”
Temperatures today are expected to push toward 80, perhaps 81, in Grand Island under cloudy skies with the possibility of thunderstorms this evening.
Cox says weather is everything to the State Fair.
“Just like it is to farming and ranching, we are a commodity almost, just like they are, so if we have a tough day with an awful lot of heat, heat is our toughest thing to deal with, then we will see that difference at the gate typically,” Cox says. “We just always remember that we have an 11-day run and what happens on one day doesn’t mean that’s what’s going to happen on the other. But, yeah, we’re conscious of it all the time.”
The 11-day run of the State Fair ends on Labor Day Monday.