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

Friday, August 26, 2016 Opening Day Schedule

• Bill Marshall Volleyball Classic - Heartland Events Center
• Timber Tina's World Champion Lumberjills Show - East Entertainment Area
• Antique Tractor & Machinery Display - Big Red Barn
• Hay Bale Decorating Contest - City-wide, Grounds-wide
• Model Planes and Boats Display - Fonner Park Grandstand Concourse

Model Railroad / Train Exhibit - Tri-City Model Railroad - Fonner Park Grandstand Concourse
• Public Power Zone Hands-on Energy Activities - Marketplace
• Recycled Garden Display & Contest - East Entertainment Area
• Opening Ceremony - 10:00 am. - Family Fun Zone Stage
• New and Unique Food Contest, Celebrity Judging - Family Fun Zone Stage



Thomas Rhett Concert with special guest Jordan Rager - 8:00 pm. - Fonner Park Race Track Infield
• Umbrella ship Entertainment - The adventures of the flying Umbrella ship - Grounds-wide
• AirCare Sky Tram - the SkyTram flies 40 feet in the air and traverses the distance of 4 football fields
• Banana Derby - dog riding Capuchin monkeys
• Bobbie the Barker - official mascot of the Nebraska State Fair.

• Competitive Exhibits (Open Class)
• County Quilt Blocks
• Dark Knights
• Department of Agriculture
• Family Fun Activity Center

• Flippin' - A Steam Punk Theme Aerial & Acrobatic Spectactular
Food Eating Contests - 4:45 pm. Family Fun Zone Stage
• Grounds-wide Scavenger Hunt
• Hedrick's Racing Pigs
• Matt's Family Jam

Midway - Wade Shows Carnival Midway
• National Anthem - 9:00 am. Katie Goesch
• Nowear BMX Freestyle Stunt Team - 11:30 am, 4:30 pm, 7:00 pm - East Entertainment Area
• Omaha Children's Museum - The Big Dig
• Ozzy the Rockin Toucan and Dancing Diego the Ringtail Lemur

• Page's White Tiger Show
• Procrastinators
• ROBOCARS
• Street Breakz
The Amazing Arthur Show - 9:30 am, Noon, 5:00 pm.



• The Fiber Glass Milking Cow presented by Midwest Dairy Association
• What's Stem Got To Do With It? Posters
• Foundation Quarter Horse Show
• Open Class Dairy Cattle Show
4-H Exhibits

• 4-H Video Wall
• Ag Equipment Display
• Agricultural Products - Competitive Exhibits
• Agriculture Educational Trading Cards
• AG-venture Farm presented by Dickey's Barbeque

• Bee Culture - Competitive Exhibits
Beer - Competitive Exhibits
• Cattle Avenue of Breeds
• CNH Case and New Holland Simulators, Pedal Combines and Tractors
• Education - Competitive Exhibits

• Foods - Competitive Exhibits
• Grand Island Groundwater Guardians Outdoor Learning Area
• GROW Nebraska Buy Local Store - over 120 different Nebraska made and designed products.
• Hay Bale Decorating Contest Photo Collage
Hedrick's "Around The World In One Display" Petting Zoo and Camel and Pony Rides

• Horticulture - Competitive Exhibits
Livestock Birthing Pavilion presented by Nebraska Cattlewomen & Nebraska Pork Producers
• Marketplace Sustainability Pavilion
• Nebraska Game and Parks Commission Outdoor Encounter - includes a 12-foot waterfall, a 5,600 gallon aquarium.
• Nebraska Operation Lifesaver



• Nebraska State Historical Society
• Nebraska State Patrol
• Nebraska Tourism's Wide Open Imagination Zone
• Nebraska's Largest Boar and Barrow
• Nebraska's Largest Steer

• 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
• Chris Sayre
Marching Bands - High School Bands
• Fremont Tritones
• Paul Siebert - Live Family Entertainment

• Mohanna with Red Shoes
• Tommy O'Keeffe
• Better Daze - The Nicolens family band.
• Modern Kowboy
• Ben's One Man Band

• Mr. Lead Your Dreams
• Superball Drop - enjoy the fun as 250 bouncy balls are dropped from the sky.
• Milking Parlor presented by Midwest Dairy - See the cows get milked and listen to an educational demonstration.
• Open Class Sheep Show - features the Shropshire and Rambouillet breeds of sheep.
The Talbott Brothers

• Alexa Kriss - Nashville recording artist
Draft Horse Hitch Show
• Percheron Thunder - presented by award winning driver, Jason Goodman.
• Spinners and Weavers - the process and art of spinning and weaving
• An Evening with the Llamas and Alpacas

• Tim Zach and Whiskey Bent
• Remembering Our Fallen
• Fine Arts - Competitive Exhibits
Honey Ice Cream by NE Beekeepers Association - 9:00 am - 9:00 pm - Fonner Park Grandstand Concourse
• Pay 2 Play Activities - Walk on water in a plastic ball like a hamster
• Open Class Wool Show
• Public Power Zone Live Power Line Safety Demonstrations 3:00 pm - 8:00pm


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