Aug. 25 - Sep. 4, 2023


Aug. 25 - Sep. 4, 2023

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Hear Grand Island Partners with Nebraska State Fair

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From Grand Island Independent This summer, Hear Grand Island is partnering with the Nebraska State Fair’s “Fairest Showdown” battle of the bands. Karli Schulz of the State Fair talked about the “Fairest Showdown” at Wednesday May 10’s news conference. Hear Grand Island and the State Fair are two of the largest musical events in central […]

State Fair Volunteer Banquet Kickoff


Nebraska State Fair kicked off the run to the 2023 fair with the State Fair Volunteer banquet April 27. Sign ups for the ’23 fair are available at  Enjoy the photos from Thursday night’s event. 

McCallum Joins Nebraska State Fair


Shirley McCallum is the new Sponsorship & Hospitality Manager for the Nebraska State Fair and Aksarben Stock Show. Shirley brings over 30 years of sales experience to the fair, having owned and operated a photography studio, a interior design business as well as managing the gift shop at the Nebraska Nature Center. She grew up […]

‘Whatever Your Flavor,’ State Fair has it in concert series

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The Nebraska State Fair welcomes six acts — ranging from comedy to country, rock to Christian — to the Nebraska Lottery Concert Series. The lineup includes Oak Ridge Boys, Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias, TobyMac, Bush, Lee Brice and Banda Maguey. Tickets go on sale to the public for all shows Friday, April 14, at The […]

Fierce animals, amazing machines highlight State Fair dirt events

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Bucking bulls, ATV aerobatics, powerful tractors and crashing cars promise to deliver the thrills in this year’s Nebraska State Fair dirt events. Admission to all five events is limited, so enthusiasts will need to buy their tickets in advance at All advance tickets include gate admission. Tickets go on sale to the public for […]

Which is Older? The State or the State Fair.

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Before there was a State of Nebraska, there was a State Fair. Really. Historian Jim McKee did a great video presentation about your State Fair for the Preservation Association of Lincoln. If you love history, we captured the presentation for you to see.  Just another reason why the State Fair brand IS Nothing More Nebraskan

Fairest Showdown: Battle of the Bands ready to rock at State Fair


Now the decision is yours.  Vote for your favorite of the entries by clicking here. Grand prize is $2,000 and a chance to open at a State Fair main stage concert. The runner-up will receive $1,000 and a chance to open at a State Fair main stage concert, while third place wins $500. “We are excited […]

Perform Live at the Nebraska State Fair

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You know you have always wanted to, so now is your time to jump on stage at the Nebraska State Fair. There are many places to perform at the fair and talents are as varied as you can imagine. Applications just opened and are available until the end of April. The State Fair is the […]

2023 Nebraska State Fair Theme

Nebraska State Fair ' 23 theme Whatever Your Flavor

Whatever your flavor, you’ll find it at the 2023 Nebraska State Fair. “Whatever Your Flavor” has been officially unveiled as this year’s State Fair theme. Fair officials like to point to both the literal and figurative meanings of “flavor.” “Everyone loves fair food, whether it’s the traditional funnel cake or something more exotic, like alligator […]

’22 Nebraska State Fair Cookbook On Sale

Nebraska State Fair Cookbook

The 2022 Nebraska State Fair cookbook is on sale now at the State Fair office in the Nebraska Building on the fairgrounds. The 162 page book is filled with recipes from the best cooks in Nebraska. These instructions can make a big difference in your meals at home.  Examples like Triple Corn Quick Bread, Chicken […]

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