The Nebraska State Fair is underway! Grand Island’s Fonner Park, location of the state fair, makes for a nice day trip. The layout of the fair is easier to park and get around than the more cramped space in Lincoln a couple years ago.
There are large barns that host a variety of things. One barn has booths of food vendors, crafts, jewelry, home decoration items. Another barn has animals that are being shown through the week. Visitors can walk through and look at the animals but remember it will be like a barn so boots would be a good idea.
Outside there are a number of places to get funnel cakes, ice cream, candied or caramel apples, t-shirts, airbrushed license plates, and more. Be sure to walk towards the edge of the grounds to see all of the participants. It wasn’t until almost time to leave that some people found the specific treat they’d been looking for because they didn’t walk quite far enough.
The barn/building containing artwork, 4-H entries among other things had the most accessible bathroom last year. Not that we’ve said that it won’t be the case this year but being off the beaten path it may be a good place to check for a shorter line.
The Beer Garden has entertainment every day, 7pm weekdays/1:30pm weekends. There is still a great line up for concerts: Crystal Gale- Wednesday, Jeremy Camp – Thursday, LeAnn Rimes – Friday, Willie Nelson and Family – Sunday, Cheap Trick – Monday.
Saturday at the events center will be the Miss Nebraska State Fair & Miss Heartland Pageant.
There is a petting zoo, camel and pony rides, Dr. Lori’s Antique Appraisal Comedy Tour (Tues-Thurs – sounds like a hoot), racing pigs, living vines, and a movie stunt adventure. Sure sounds like a lot of fun. Also, not to be missed the Stuhr Museum, Showbot rolling around the marketplace, and Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show.
Building and Marketplace Hours are 9am – 9pm every day but September 5thwhen it’s 9am -7pm. Over 21 type areas look to be open until around 1am.
More information on hours can be found here: http://www.statefair.org/fair/geninfo/hours.asp.
Gate admission prices can be found here: http://www.statefair.org/fair/ticketinfo/gate_admission.asp.
Parking is $10.
Don’t miss out on the fun through September 5th.