The annual celebration held in
"It's all about education and family fun. That's what the fair is about, providing value to Nebraskans," said
A newly built
Game and Parks will have a 6,500-gallon mobile aquarium stocked with native
"It is an educational exhibit that teaches us about our food from farm to fork. It is going to be very technology driven," McDermott said.
Another new addition is the Nebraska State Fair Marathon, which is a Boston Marathon qualifying event.
"We bill ourselves as the fastest, flattest course in the nation," McDermott said.
Last year a half-marathon was held during the fair. It has been expanded to include a full marathon, half-marathon and 5K event. Hopes are to have 1,000 people register for the marathon.
The addition of new, unique events is intended to make the fair appeal to more people.
"We're looking to bring events to the state fair that will bring a different demographic to a state fair," McDermott said.
The fair has been held in
Other highlights of the fair are the Nebraska High School Rodeo Association Showcase of Champions Rodeo, draft horse shows, demolition derby, tractor pulls and various entertainment.
There will be several musical and entertainment acts taking the stage, including headliners "America's Got Talent" winner
Entrance into some of the entertainment acts that used to be free will change this year. Instead of using wristbands for entrance, there will now be a
McDermott said people often had to wait in line to get wristbands and then wait in line again to get into the shows. The new system will allow people to buy a ticket online and get a reserved seat. That will cut out the wait time.
Tickets for all the concerts can be bought by going to the Nebraska State Fair website at www.statefair.org. A full schedule of events also is available online.
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