GRAND ISLAND – A year after floods hit the midwest and caused a decline in attendance to the Nebraska State Fair, officials are looking to bounce back this summer.
According to a release from the Nebraska State Fair, they plan on showcasing their full 11-day event between August 28 – September 7, 2020. Also, the Aksarben Stock Show September 24-27, 2020. State Fair staff and Board are also being mindful of and monitoring the current COVID-19 impact to events and social gatherings.
Fair officials are communicating regularly with the International Association of Fairs and Expositions, state and local authorities, entertainment booking companies, vendor and concession partners, as well as 4-H, FFA and Open Class Competition teams.
Nebraska State Fair is assessing options and ramifications should adjustments be necessary. Staff met last week to begin looking at contingency scenarios-based on best practices. They’ll continue to provide regular updates as necessary based on changing COVID-19 directives. The next State Fair board meeting is scheduled for Friday, May 15 and the board directive to continue to plan the fair follows the late June early July forecasted decisions.
Last month the announcement was made the Grand Island Chamber of Commerce will coordinate the Volunteer Program for the 151st fair celebration. The latest information is always current on www.statefair.org.