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State Fair information
Where: Fonner Park, Grand Island
When: Aug. 24 through Sept. 3
Opening ceremony: 4 p.m. Aug. 24
Gate admission: Adult (age 13 and older) daily gate purchase, $10; Five Dollar Days (age 13 and older), Aug. 27-29, $5; season pass, $55; child (ages 6 to 12) daily, $3.
Preferred parking: $10 daily. (Free parking available in other lots.)
Pay concerts: The Fray, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 31, $40; Billy Currington, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 1, $20; The Steve Miller Band, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 2, $30.
Free concerts (require free wristband available at fairgrounds): The Charlie Daniels Band, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 24; Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives, 7 p.m. Aug. 25; Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers, 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., Aug. 29; MercyMe, 7:30 p.m., Aug. 30.
Midway: MegaPass (all rides on any one day), purchase by midnight Friday, Aug. 24, $18; Non-Stop Fun Pass (all rides every day), $75; Kiddyland Ride Wristband (1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday); Midway Wristband (daily, except for Labor Day weekend), $22. Opening Night Sneak-A-Peak, 5 to 9 p.m. Aug. 24, $2 per ride.
Candidate debate: The World-Herald is among the sponsors of a 90-minute U.S. Senate debate between Republican Deb Fischer and Democrat Bob Kerrey at 4 p.m. Aug. 25. Get more information on the debate and watch it live here.
Nebraska State Fair app: One new feature at this year's fair is a free smart phone app.
It has a schedule of events, notices and reminders of concerts, a function to find family and friends, a food finder and other features.
The food finder's drop-down menu offers three ways — by category, vendor or name — to find favorite fair chow. No more aimless wandering to find the Beef Pit, a double-bacon corn dog or specialty funnel cakes.
“The coolest thing is that the app has a GPS feature that will help you find your car at night after you've been at the fair all day,” said Shaun Schleif, the fair's marketing director.
Download it here: iPhone / Android
— David Hendee and the Nebraska State Fair