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Planning for the 2018 Nebraska State Fair is currently underway. Please check back at a later date for updates, or see what happened at the 2017 Nebraska State Fair below.

Advance Gate Admission


The Advance Adult Gate Admission admits (1) one adult, for (1) one day. Reduced price advance gate admission will be available until August 24 at midnight. Beginning August 25, online purchased gate admission will be regular price ($12).

Do not purchase advance tickets if you are attending the Fair on August 28 - August 31. Reduced price adult tickets will be available AT THE GATE for August 28 - August 31. See below for the discounted pricing that is offered August 28 - August 31.
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Opening Day - Free gate admission until noon

Join us on Friday, August 25, to celebrate the opening of the 2017 Nebraska State Fair and receive free gate admission until noon!

First Saturday - $1.50 off until noon.

Join us on Saturday, August 26, to celebrate Nebraska's 150th birthday with our Sesquicentennial Celebration at the 2017 Nebraska State Fair and receive $1.50 off gate admission until noon!

Five Dollar Days (13 years & older) - $5

Monday, August 28, and Wednesday, August 30, adult gate admission will be $5. The $5 adult gate admission admits (1) one adult, who is 13 years or older, for (1) one day. This ticket may only be purchased at the gate, on the $5 day. The $5 gate admission tickets are not valid August 25 through August 27, August 29, or August 31 - September 4, 2017.

Two Dollar Tuesday - $2

On Tuesday, August 29, adult and child gate admission will be $2. The $2 gate admission admits (1) one adult or (1) one child, for (1) one day. This ticket may only be purchased at the gate, on Tuesday, August 29. The $2 gate admission tickets are not valid August 25 - 28 or August 30 - September 4.

Check back later for a list of vendors participating in $2 Tuesday.


Three Dollar Thursday - $3

On Thursday, August 31, adult and child gate admission will be $3. The $3 gate admission admits (1) one adult or (1) one child, for (1) one day. This ticket may only be purchased at the gate, on Thursday, August 31. The $3 gate admission tickets are not valid August 25 - August 30, or September 1-4.

Check back later for a list of vendors participating in $3 Thursday.

Season Pass Gate Admission - $55

The Season Admission Pass is valid from August 25 through September 4, 2017. The Season Admission Pass is (1) one ticket which will allow (1) one person (1) one entry for all (11) eleven days of the Fair.
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Special Days

County Fair Day

Saturday, August 26
County Fair Day celebrates County Fairs across the state, giving them the opportunity to be recognized and to showcase their Fair.
For more information, click here.

Nebraska's Largest Classroom Presented by Greenline Equipment

Monday, August 28, Tuesday, August 29, & Thursday, August 31
Nebraska's Largest Classroom is a self-guided field trip where students and teachers have the opportunity to enjoy hundreds of exhibits, view entertainment at every turn, and learn about Nebraska. Public, private and home schools are invited to participate in Nebraska's Largest Classroom. Pre-registration is required. Admission is FREE for K-6th grade students, teachers, sponsors, and bus drivers. (1:5 student to teacher ratio).
For more information or to register your school, click here.


Older Nebraskan's Day

Wednesday, August 30
The festival is provided for seniors 60 years and older and includes Health, Wellness and Information booths, and two concerts. Gate admission is $5.
For more information, click here.


1868 Foundation Day

Wednesday, August 30
Established in 1989, the Nebraska State Fair 1868 Foundation is dedicated to the growth and support of the Nebraska State Fair. The purpose of the Nebraska State Fair 1868 Foundation is to raise funds for the overall improvement of the Nebraska State Fair. Join the Nebraska State Fair 1868 Foundation and continue the winning tradition of education, competition and celebration. Young or old, Nebraskans have gained from their State Fair experiences and have used new knowledge, skills, talents, and creativity throughout their lives!

For more information, click here.

If you have questions or would like more information on the Nebraska State Fair 1868 Foundation, contact Lindsey Koepke, Executive Director at lkoepke@statefair.org or 402.432.1393.


Nebraska Cattlemen's Day

Thursday, August 31
The Nebraska State Fair will host the 4th annual Nebraska Cattleman’s Day in cooperation with the Nebraska Cattlemen Association and the Sandhills Cattle Association. This day celebrates the Nebraska Beef Industry. Tickets to Nebraska Cattleman’s Day barbeque are available through the Nebraska Cattlemen, The Sandhills Cattle Association or by calling the fair office at 308.384.0624.


Nebraska Lottery Presents Labor Day Weekend

Friday, September 1 - Monday, Labor Day, September 4


Veterans Day Celebration

Monday, September 4
Honoring ALL MILITARY SERVICE MEN and WOMEN who are serving and/or have served for our country.
Gate admission is FREE, all day, for personnel with appropriate identification.
(Example: Military ID, VA ID Card, VA Medical Card, Veterans Organization Membership Card, Discharge Papers, etc.)
For more information, click here.
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