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
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
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
ROBOCARS - some of yourr favorite Superhero-type characters in the form of Cars, Trucks, Bikes, and Tractors.
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.
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
Marching Bands - High School Bands perform throughout the fairgrounds.
4-H Culinary Challenge: Round Two
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
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
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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