This Year's State Fair in Grand Island Reporting Improved Attendance

Sept. 2, 2021, 4 p.m. ·

A sky ride extends from the front right of the picture to the far left. Many people explore the fairgrounds below the ski lift.
People on a sky ride, giving them a bird's eye view of the 2019 Nebraska State Fair. (Becca Costello, Nebraska Public Media News)

The Nebraska State Fair continues throughout Labor Day Weekend in Grand Island. This year’s state fair looks more like an average year. Last year’s show had no carnivals or other entertainment because of the pandemic. 4-H and FFA contests and shows were the only activities at the fair last year, with limited attendance.

Gary Kubicek with the fair said vendors are feeling good about the attendance so far.

“People are so excited,” he said. “So excited to the point where we’re hearing more and more people that have been to the fair for the first time this year, which has really surprised us. People know about it. They want to get out. They want to attend the fair.”

Kubicek said there were 2,000 more people at the fairgrounds on Wednesday compared to the same day in 2019.

He said rain has forced more events to be held inside this week, including concerts.