2020 Nebraska State Fair Still Doing 4-H, FFA Competitions; Chance For More Activities In Grand Island

GRAND ISLAND – The Nebraska State Fair Board decided that 4-H and FFA competitions and exhibitions will still be held at the 2020 Nebraska State Fair. Providing an opportunity for young people to showcase their work throughout the year is very important. Livestock competitions, contest, presentations, and other exhibits will all be permitted for the State Fair.

Ben Smith, the Board Chair for the Nebraska State Fair assured that all events will follow Directed Health Measures (DHM).

Celebrating the success of young people is important to Nebraska, this holds true with the 4-H and FFA competitions continuing to be held at this year’s state fair in Grand Island.

There’s potential for additional events to be added to the events lineup. That will all depend on the progress of Grand Island regarding the pandemic. Concessions, amusement rides, motor sports, and taverns were mentioned as possible additions.

Ben Smith announced that admission will be free for the 2020 Nebraska State Fair, according to a press release. Smith hoped this will be an opportunity for the community to come together.

There will be $30,000 added in cleaning and sanitation measures at the Nebraska State Fair. Full-time restroom attendants will be present and bathrooms will be cleaned at least once every two hours.

The Nebraska Governor, Department of Health and Human Services, Nebraska Department of Agriculture, Central District Health Department and the City of Grand Island have all worked with the fair organizers to make informed decisions about the state fair.

As a reminder the concerts have been canceled for the 2020 Nebraska State Fair. Tickets will be refunded for those that already purchased tickets. Etix will handle refunds and questions should go through them at their website, www.etix.com.

As it gets closer to the state fair dates (August 28 – September 7), more information will be released. Any questions or concerns can be directed to https://www.statefair.org. For more information about the Aksarben Stock Show, visit https://www.aksarbenstockshow.com.

Also, here is more information from the Game and Parks Commission.

“Although we have discussed options, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission has not made any final decisions on the breadth and the extent of its presence at the 2020 State Fair. We will evaluate what will be available and will provide updates as able.”

  • Christy Firestone, Communications Director

Nebraska Game and Parks Commission