Competitive Exhibits

The rich heritage of State Fair exhibition and competition for the purple ribbon, all right here!

Agricultural Products

Concourse

On display, with best of show and ribbon winners celebrated: Vegetables; largest pumpkins, squash and watermelon; Mr. Potato Head characters; farm products in bushel baskets; scarecrows of the future; cornucopia displays; threshed grains; etc.

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Bee Culture

Concourse

On display, with best of show and ribbon winners celebrated: Creamed and chunk honey; beeswax molded art; beeswax candles; gift baskets; photography; etc.

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Education

Concourse, Bosselman's Conference Center

Live competitions for grades 3-12 Aug. 24-25; on display: brick art; essays; poetry; slide presentations; wall art; class science projects; computer graphics; etc.

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Fine Arts

Concourse

On display, with best of show and ribbon winners celebrated: painting (oil, acrylic, water-based); drawings; pastels; comic book art; clay; glass; beading and jewelry; leather; woodworking; etc.

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Foods

Concourse

On display, with best of show and ribbon winners celebrated: canned goods like vegetables, jams, relishes and dried foods; baking such as yeast breads, cakes, cookies, pies, farm to fork, ethnic baking and gluten free; etc.

Live contests: Hiland Dairy Cheesecakes & Cream Puffs Aug. 26; and Wauneta Roller Mills Carrot & Coconut Cakes Aug. 28.

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Horticulture

Concourse

On display, with the best of show and ribbon winners celebrated: apples, grapes, pears, berries, nuts and other fruits; potted plants like foliage and flowering; mini fairy gardens; artificial arrangements; cut flowers like glads, dahlias and roses; themed arrangements; etc.

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Photography

Concourse

On display, with the best of show and ribbon winners celebrated: advanced amateur color and black & white; landscapes; animals; plants; people; best in county; etc.

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Quilts

Bath Planet Quilt Room

On display, with the best of show and ribbon winners celebrated: Bed, small and wall quilts; pride of Nebraska; crazy and special occasion; logo-item; reclaimed material; two- and multi-person quilts; commercial quilting; etc.

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Senior Living

Concourse

On display, with the best of show and ribbon winners celebrated: beading, ceramics, crocheted items, vases, ornaments, quilts, sun catchers, woodwork; etc.

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Textile Arts

Concourse

On display, with the best of show and ribbon winners celebrated: dresses, jackets and garments for special occasion; hats; bags and purses; table runners; tree skirts; machine embroidery; pillowcases; fabric baskets; etc.

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Sustainability Pavilion

There's so much to experience here with interactive learning, workshops and stage presentations. Yet the exhibits are just as popular in this ever-expanding green mecca. See how you can become a part of conservation!


Invitational Car Show

Sept. 2 - All Day - Sam's Club Stomping Grounds



Serving Hands Traveling Exhibit

Small-scale sculptures created by Nebraska artists arrive to the State Fair. This public art project features 51 sculptures created for the Serving Hands Public Art Project, a representation of the Campus Life mission: assisting and offering grace and hope to young people in Lincoln and surrounding communities.