The Nebraska State Fair is continuing to draw crowds in its third year in Grand Island.
Attendance was up slightly for the State Fair's opening weekend, fair officials said Tuesday.
From Friday through Sunday night, 94,776 people attended the fair, 120 more than during the same period in 2011.
“We're thrilled with the numbers,” said Jana Kruger, president of the Nebraska State Fair Board.
Last year's total attendance was 333,043 people.
Fair organizers didn't even mind the rain that fell Saturday.
“Rain sometimes can be not very good for fairs, but we are not going to say a disparaging thing. All of Nebraska has waited for rain all summer,” Kruger said.
The World's Largest Tractor Parade and the U.S. Senate debate helped draw crowds Saturday, said Jace Robinson, marketing and sponsorship assistant.
“The grandstands at the racetrack were full” for the parade of tractors, Robinson said.
The Sky Tram, a new feature this year, has also been a big attraction, Kruger said.
“It really does give you a different perspective on how big and how beautiful the grounds are,” she said.
Among the draws for Labor Day weekend will be three concerts: The Fray, Billy Currington and The Steve Miller Band.
“We're looking for a strong finish,” Kruger said.
The State Fair moved from Lincoln to Grand Island in 2010 to make way for the Innovation Campus, a technology and research park under development by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
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