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Nebraska State Fair 2016 Schedule
    August 26 - September 5, 2016
    Fonner Park, Grand Island, Nebraska
147th Nebraska State Fair

Saturday, August 27, 2016

• Bill Marshall Volleyball Classic
• Timber Tina's World Champion Lumberjills Show
• State Fair Marathon and 1/2 Marathon
• State Fair 5K
• Antique Tractor & Machinery Display

• Hay Bale Decorating Contest
• Model Planes and Boats Display
Model Railroad Train Exhibit
• Public Power Zone Hands-on Energy Activities
• Recycled Garden Display & Contest



• S.T.E.M.-ing into the Future (9am - 5pm)
Nebraska Lineworker's Rodeo
Lady Antebellum will be celebrating a decade together in 2016
• Umbrella ship Entertainment - The adventures of the flying Umbrella ship
• AirCare Sky Tram

Banana Derby - dog riding Capuchin monkeys to the 2016 Nebraska State Fair.
• Bobbie the Barker - official mascot of the Nebraska State Fair.
• Competitive Exhibits (Open Class)
• County Fair Day
• County Quilt Blocks

• Dark Knights
• Department of Agriculture
• Family Fun Activity Center - free family fun games, contests, and creative crafts EVERY day of the Fair
• Flippin' - A Steam Punk Theme Aerial & Acrobatic Spectactular
• Food Eating Contests - take place daily on the Family Fun Zone Stage.

• Grounds-wide Scavenger Hunt
• Hedrick's Racing Pigs
• Matt's Family Jam
Midway with Wade Shows
• National Anthem



• Nowear BMX Freestyle Stunt Team
• Omaha Children's Museum - The Big Dig - interactive prehistoric world.
• Ozzy the Rockin Toucan and Dancing Diego the Ringtail Lemur
• Page's White Tiger Show
• Procrastinators

ROBOCARS - some of yourr favorite Superhero-type characters in the form of Cars, Trucks, Bikes, and Tractors.
• Street Breakz
• The Amazing Arthur Show
• The Fiber Glass Milking Cow presented by Midwest Dairy Association - three dimensional cow that allows a realistic hands on milking experience.
• What's Stem Got To Do With It? Posters

• Foundation Quarter Horse Show
• Draft Horse Farm Team Show
• Open Class Sheep Show - feature the following breeds: Border Cheviot, Natural Colored, Dorset, Hampshire, Suffolk and Southdown breeds.
• Alpaca Composite Halter Show - in the Swine Barn Arena.
Appaloosa Horse Show

• Dairy Goat Showmanship
• 4-H Culinary Challenge: Round One
• 4-H Exhibits- Learn about and explore 4-H projects from across Nebraska.
4-H Video Wall - 12 televisions that showcase videos taken from the view of Nebraska 4-H’ers from across the state.
• Ag Equipment Display - with new combines, cattle chutes, pens, panels, waterers and more.



• Agricultural Products - Competitive Exhibits
• Agriculture Educational Trading Cards
• AG-venture Farm presented by Dickey's Barbeque - educational experience to teach families about where their food comes from.
• Bee Culture - Competitive Exhibits - see live bees behind glass doing what they do - making honey. Sample the delicious honey ice cream
Beer - Competitive Exhibits - Beer competitions include Ales, Lager and Mixed style beer.

• Cattle Avenue of Breeds
• CNH Case and New Holland Simulators, Pedal Combines and Tractors
• Education - Competitive Exhibits - art competition, essay/poetry competition, graphic design, website design, social studies and many more.
• Foods - Competitive Exhibits - Canned fruits, vegetables, preserves, marmalades, jams, syrups, pickles, jellies, relishes
• Grand Island Groundwater Guardians Outdoor Learning Area

• GROW Nebraska Buy Local Store - featuring over 120 different Nebraska made and designed products. Stop by for free samples
• Hay Bale Decorating Contest Photo Collage
Hedrick's "Around The World In One Display" Petting Zoo and Camel and Pony Rides
• Horticulture - Competitive Exhibits - including potted foliage plants, artificial arrangements, cut flowers and foliage, potted flowering plants, gladiolus, dahlias, roses.
• Livestock Birthing Pavilion - a large-animal birthing area, a farrowing area, and a poultry hatching area.


All Festivals and Fairs 2016

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April, May, June

July, August, September

October, November, December



• Marketplace Sustainability Pavilion
• Nebraska Freemasons Child Identification Program - offering child identification kits available at no charge to fair guests Saturday August 27 and Sunday August 28 -- 9:00 am - 9:00 pm ONLY
• Nebraska Game and Parks Commission Outdoor Encounter - a 12-foot waterfall, a 5,600 gallon aquarium display and a meandering stream.
• Nebraska Operation Lifesaver - a non profit organization to educate the public on railroad safety around railroad tracks.
• Nebraska State Historical Society - Display of the history of WWI Food conservation and Nebraska's 150 Sesquincentennial information.

• Nebraska State Patrol - Highway safety tips, facts, demonstrations, driving simulations.
• Nebraska Tourism's Wide Open Imagination Zone
• Nebraska's Largest Boar and Barrow will be on display in the Swine Barn during the fair.
• Nebraska's Largest Steer will be on display in the Cattle Barn during the fair.

• Open Class Dairy Goat Junior Doe Show
• Photography - Competitive Exhibits
• Quilt Exhibit - Competitive Exhibits
• Rabbit Avenue of Breeds
• Raising Nebraska: Your Food and the Families Who Grow It - 25,000 sq ft exhibit
• Sheep Avenue of Breeds

• State Patrol Exhibit - interactive demonstrations and exhibits about safety.
• Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer
• Swine Avenue of Breeds
• Textile Arts - Competitive Exhibits
• UNL Food Processing Center - NE Food Manufacturer's Exhibit

• Wine - Competitive Exhibits
• Cheer and Dance Exhibition - Cheer and Dance teams stroll the grounds
• 4-H Insect ID Contest
• Country Showdown - Acts vie for the state title during America's Largest Country Music Talent Search.
• 4-H Presentation Contest - Illustrated: Nebraska Agriculture
• Chris Sayre

Marching Bands - High School Bands perform throughout the fairgrounds.
• 4-H Culinary Challenge: Round Two
• Llama Driving
• Nebraska State Treasurer's Office NEST on the Farm Scholarship Presentation
• 4-H Dairy Judging Contest

• 4-H Tree ID Contest
• Paul Siebert - live Family Entertainment
• ALSA Llama/Alpca Showmanship & Llama Halter Show
• Milligan Czech Brass Band
• Spinners and Weavers - art of spinning and weaving

TX Longhorn Show (World Qualifying) - Free Division
• 4-H Culinary Challenge: Round Three
• Sheltered Reality Drumline
• ESI Showcase
• Superball Drop

• 4-H Horticulture Contest
• TX Longhorn Trophy Steer Class
• Milking Parlor presented by Midwest Dairy
• 4-H Weed/Crops/Grass/Forbs Contest
• Llama/Alpaca Costume Class

• Draft Horse Hitch Show
• Percheron Thunder
• State Fair Celebration Parade - The Nebraska State Fair offers daily parades in celebration of Nebraska's economics, education, and entertainment.
• 4-H Awards Presentation for Contests:
• Tucker Yochim Band

• "Remembering Our Fallen" was created to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.
• American Red Cross
• Fine Arts - Competitive Exhibits
• Honey Ice Cream by NE Beekeepers Association
• Open Class Poultry/Waterfowl & Pigeon Show

• Pay 2 Play Activities - Walk on water in a plastic ball like a hamster
• State Fair Cares Award Recipient Booth
• The Nebraska State Fair 5K Awards Presented by Pump & Pantry
• Country Two Piece
• Open Class Food Competition

• Fontenelle Forest Live Raptor Viewing just outside of the Tourism Room Saturday, August 27 1pm-5pm
• Country Kickers America
• Public Power Zone Live Power Line Safety Demonstrations 3:00pm-8:00pm
• Public Power Zone Solar Viewing 3:00pm-8:00pm
• Motown, Boogie & Blues -- Doug Hyler
• Central Nebraska Youth Ballet

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