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2023 Wade shows carnival information

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Here’s when you can expect to have a blast at the carnival at Nebraska State Fair. 

Monday – Friday: 1 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 4: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
*Closing times may vary due to weather conditions, attendance and other circumstances.


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Carnival ride prices

Here are the ride prices for the Wade Shows Carnival on the fairgrounds after Nebraska State Fair begins August 25th.


Weekday (Monday-Thursday, excluding Labor Day): $37
Weekend (Friday-Sunday, Labor Day): $42
Single tickets are 5 for $7 or 30 for $35 or 50 for $50; rides require 3-5 tickets.


Advance wristband purchases are available until close of business August 24 at all Nebraska Pump and Pantry locations or by clicking here

New Fair Pass FunTagg App

The Fair Pass Funtagg app will take purchasing wristbands and ride credits to a whole new level of convenience for our guests. Carnival fans will be able to use the Funtagg system at kiosks on the midway. You can still purchase credits using cash, but they will be loaded to a card, wristband or the app rather than using paper tickets.

If you purchased your carnival wristband before August 25, bring your ticket to one of the Wade Show Carnival kiosks for redemption. Gate admission to Nebraska State Fair is not included with your wristband purchase. 

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about wade shows

Wade Shows was founded in 1912 by Lee Wade. The show played small events in and around Detroit, Michigan. For over 100 years, Wade Shows has been the leader in bringing affordable family entertainment to our customers throughout the country.

Wade Shows now owns over 100 amusement rides and attractions and services over 15 million people each year. Wade Shows plays more State Fairs than any other carnival in history, working with great events such as the Nebraska State Fair, Oklahoma State Fair, the North Carolina State Fair, the Missouri State Fair, The South Florida Fair, the San Antonio Livestock Show and Exhibition, the Alabama State Fair, the Delaware State Fair, the Florida State Fair, and the Alabama National Fair. 


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