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NE State Fair kicking off Friday with some changes due to pandemic

Posted at 12:29 PM, Aug 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-24 15:57:32-04

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KMTV) — Nebraska State Fair begins this Friday with no entry fee.

All of the Nebraska State Fair indoor, star-studded concerts are canceled. The food, music/live bands and livestock competitions as well as many other NE State Fair traditions will still take place

"We will have an assortment of equine events, we have cutters and the quarter-horse show, mounted shooters etc. It's going to be really fun and. all of the animals that you look forward to seeing each year, they'll be there," said Laura Hurley, Director, Sponsorships & Hospitality, Nebraska State Fair.

The fair will also have lots of education exhibits. Kids from Nebraska schools have been working the past year to enter the various competitions. The entries celebrate Nebraska and agriculture.

"They have been working on paintings, poetry, essays. There is a wide variety of things you will get to see in the education arena. Also, we will of course have hot dogs, corn dogs so come on out. We will have live music. It's going to be just a bit different this year and we are all getting use to what different is," said Gretchen Kirchmann, Media Lead, Nebraska State Fair.

The NE State Fair kicks off with the Ultimate Bullfighter Performances. It lasts 11 days, starting Friday, August 28 - Monday, September 7. Admission and parking is free. Private vendors may charge a fee for their exhibits. Masks are required to enter the buildings.