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4-H ready for new State Fair site in Grand Island PDF Print E-mail

When more than a century of University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension 4-H tradition teams with a brand new Nebraska State Fair, it’s bound to make for a wonderful family time, officials say.

4-H’ers will exhibit their projects in new buildings in a new location with amenities adding comfort and convenience for them, vendors and the public.

“4-H has always been a huge part of the Nebraska State Fair,” said Kathleen Lodl, assistant dean for extension.

4-H fair exhibits are the culmination of months–even years–of learning for youth to become contributing, productive, self-directed members of society, she said. 

State Fair Board President Sallie Atkins of Halsey said the fair and 4-H make for a great partnership.

“Families will be so proud of their new Nebraska State Fair,” Atkins said. “We just want everyone to come and enjoy. It will be so worth it.”

The new fair will have climate controlled, first-class exhibit space, plenty of water, electricity and wash racks for exhibitor animals, and technology such as Facebook, blogs and big screens for live streaming.

The Grand Island fairgrounds feature six new buildings covering more than a half million square feet, including the 70,000-square foot Grand Island Youth Building for 4-H and FFA exhibitions. Ground-breaking occurred in July 2009.

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