NewsLocal News

Actions

Nebraska State Fair off to good start

Posted at 9:55 AM, Sep 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-01 10:55:26-04

The opening weekend of the Nebraska State Fair got off to a good start

Along with all of the 4-H competitions, food is an important part of the Nebraska State Fair. More than 1,500 specialty corn dogs were eaten, 537 brisket sandwiches and 1,725 burgers were eaten.

The Nebraska State Fair is always a draw and crowd pleaser. The food lines were long and the portions hearty. Some people were just happy to be outdoors.

"It's a good thing to get everyone out of the house and do something different," said fair attendee Jay Hahn.

The big draw this past weekend was bullfighting. The stands were full and the fighting intense. Not only are bullfighters scored, but the bulls as well.

"The bull is scored on his aggression, how hot he is, how much time he stays engaged with the bullfighter and the bullfighter is judged on how close he can come into contact with the bull and not get hit," said Luke Kaufman, Ultimate Bull Fighter.

Although it is free to get in, some competition charges a fee. To keep everyone safe, 100 sanitizing stations are positioned throughout the fair grounds

"We got a really nice crowd out here enjoying the fair, eating fair food a taking in the events and the 4-H live stock shows," said Gretchen Kirchmann, Media Lead, NE State Fair.

Getting a lot of attention is their upcoming Derby Day party. If you can't make it out to the fair you can catch the action live streamed on the state fair's website.

Gate admission is free but they are asking you to bring a canned food item and drop it inside the Hy-Vee grocery carts to be donated to four local food banks.