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Bill Marshall Volleyball Classic Enters Last Year

The eighth and final Bill Marshall Volleyball Classic will be on Saturday, Aug. 26, during the opening weekend of the Nebraska State Fair. Nineteen high schools from around the state are expected to play, including local teams Grand Island Central Catholic and Northwest High School. Games will take place in the Heartland Events Center. The Bill Marshall Volleyball Classic attracts fans from every corner of the state to see their teams in action. Nearly 450

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Nebraska’s Largest Classroom Adds More Education

From carnival rides to treats on a stick, the Nebraska State Fair has a lot to offer any youngster. But it also has a lot to teach them, about agriculture and Nebraska. That’s why the State Fair will turn into Nebraska’s Largest Classroom on Friday, Aug. 25; Tuesday, Aug. 29; and Wednesday, Aug. 30. More than 4,500 youths from across the state are expected to attend. The fair will be open to the general public

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Veterans Day Returns to Monday at State Fair

Veterans will take center stage during the final day of the Nebraska State Fair, Monday, Sept. 4. “We moved Veteran’s Day to Labor Day after getting feedback from many vets last year,” said Karli Schulz, Entertainment and Events Director. “They told us loud and clear they wanted this event on a day most people had off and could come and take part in the celebration, as well as take advantage of the services offered to veterans this

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Cable Spools Revealed

There may be a hay shortage, but Nebraska State Fair has found a way to bring back the Hay Bale Contest for 2023. Since the State Fair has been in Grand Island, the hay bale contest had become almost a right of summer around central Nebraska. The rains in 2019, COVID in 2020, and hay shortages derailed the contest for the past few years.   Nebraska State Fair Volunteer Coordinator Haley Roush announced the return

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Nebraska State Fair and Tractor Supply Co. Form Birthing Pavilion Partnership

The Birthing Pavilion at Nebraska State Fair is one of the most unique and well attended education attractions at the fair each year. Tractor Supply Company, based in Tennessee with 25 stores across Nebraska, is a leader in animal health nationwide. Today, the two announced Tractor Supply Co. will be the new title sponsor of the Tractor Supply Birthing Pavilion. “Kids of all ages are always excited to see the newborn animals at the fair,”

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New Nebraska State Fair Mobile App Launches

Nebraska State Fair unveiled its new mobile app for the 2023 fair with a focus on safety and improved communication with guests. The new app is available in Google Play and the App Store. Outstanding features in the app include up to the minute schedule updates, the ability to personalize agendas, and an emergency push notification option. “As the State Fair Team was looking for a tool to help the Guest be aware of any

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Competes in World Championship then at Nebraska State Fair

On the box Jump in Dubai, United Arab Emirates Jacob Thiem performed with the NoWear BMX Stunt Team at State Fair several years ago as an amateur. When he takes to the box jump in August in Grand Island, it will be as a member of Team USA Worlds team and as 12th ranked BMX Freestyle performer in the world.  Theim is from Kennard, Nebraska and one of only six riders of Team USA who

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Three Dog Night Added to State Fair

The Nebraska State Fair is pleased to announce Three Dog Night in concert on Tuesday, August 29, at the Heartland Events Center.  Three Dog Night, at the peak of their career, achieved more top 10 hits, moved more records and sold more concert tickets than any other band of the day.    Nebraska State Fair executive director, Jaime Parr said, “Three Dog Night is a band that has not only crossed all borders selling records

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Summertime Jobs at Nebraska State Fair

With State Fair less than 8 weeks away there are some great part time job opportunities for you to jump on. We particularly like the marketing opportunities and if you love social and websites, this might be for you. Check it out here.  

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Hear Grand Island Partners with Nebraska State Fair

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 Nebraska, she said. The “Fairest Showdown” began with 49 bands, and the number has been whittled down to seven.  The

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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. 

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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 on a farm near Carleton, Nebraska and graduated from Davenport High School and the University of Nebraska -Kearney with a

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

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 legendary Oak Ridge Boys will kick off the concert series on Older Nebraskans Day, Monday, Aug. 28, with a 2

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Fierce animals, amazing machines highlight State Fair dirt events

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 all shows Friday, April 14, at On the fair’s opening day, riders in the Ultimate Bullriding Tour will compete at 7

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Which is Older? The State or the State Fair.

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

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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 to engage the best local bands from across the state for the Fairest Showdown,” said Karli Schulz, Nebraska State Fair

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Perform Live at the Nebraska State Fair

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 largest event in Nebraska and the best way to showcase your band, dance team, talent, or anything in between. With

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2023 Nebraska State Fair Theme

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 bites,” Executive Director Jaime Parr said. “We’ve got all that, but we’ve also got other kinds of flavors.” Whether it’s

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