GRAND ISLAND – Total attendance and tickets sold at the gate saw a slight decline during this year’s Nebraska State Fair that was largely caused by the 6.62 inches of rain that fell seven of the 11 days.
The 150th Nebraska State Fair was held in Grand Island from August 23 – September 2 where two of the heavy rains caused significant flooding on the grounds.
According to a release from State Fair officials, the 2019 results were announced last Friday, October 11. The wet weather also rendered the Fair’s grass parking lots unusable, but a pre-planned shuttle system was put into place to transport fairgoers to the gates from paved, off-site locations.
Although the total attendance dropped over 30,000, the highest attended day was again September 1 which saw an increase of nearly 7,000 and the average number of days attended went up from 2.97 to 3.0. Volunteer numbers were up again as were both 4-H and FFA livestock entries and sponsorship revenue saw an increase over 2018 with a 22% jump. Fans who attended the State Fair concerts also saw a spike of 68% over 2018.
Results will be audited by an independent firm following the close of the 2019 fiscal year.
Dates for the 2020 Nebraska State Fair were also announced which will run from August 28 – September 7 next year.