The Douglas County Fair has moved to its fourth location in recent years. Organizers are hoping West Omaha will have more luck in getting people to turn out.
The fair is split up between two locations. One at Village Point and the other at Chance Ridge in Elkhorn. Attendees have stated they want to see more livestock and dirt. The fair has been around for 139 years.
Opening ceremonies for the fair kicked off at Village Point Thursday with a ribbon cutting from Governor Pete Ricketts at 6 p.m. followed by live music. At the fair community members of all ages participate in dozens of different activities ranging from showing livestock to quilt making and photography. Douglas County Fair president Matt Gunderson says that it’s important for the community to hold this fair because learning about agriculture can only help the Nebraska economy in the long run.
“One third of the jobs in the Omaha community are tied to agriculture so as we look to that it's important to understand that when agriculture is the number one economy in the state of Nebraska that it impacts everything that you do,” said Gunderson. A parade is scheduled for Saturday morning at 9 a.m. and the all the festivities wrap up at 2 p.m. on Sunday.