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Nebraska State Fair 2017 Daily Schedule
      Aug. 25 - Sept. 4, 2017
Fonner Park, Grand Island, Nebraska

Friday, August 25, 2017     Opening Day Schedule

• Bill Marshall Volleyball Classic - 9:30 AM, 10:45 AM, 11:00 AM - will be held on Friday Aug. 25 & Saturday, Aug. 26 at the Heartland Events Center, at Fonner Park.
• Omaha Children's Museum - "Adventures at Sea: A Prehistoric Nebraska"
Antique Tractor & Machinery Display - 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM, 11:30 AM, 3:00 PM - Stroll through the antique farm machinery display

• Hay Bale Decorating Contest Photo Collage - 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
• Model Planes and Boats Display - 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM - The Grand Island Modelers Club features many different and unique remote controlled model aircraft and boats
• Model Railroad / Train Exhibit - 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM - The Tri-City Model Railroad has an operating model railroad display in the Fonner Park Concourse.

• Public Power Zone - 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM, 3:00 PM - 8:00 PM - Unique and exciting presentations will reveal the power of electrical lines and show how to respect electrical safety.
• Recycled Garden Display & Contest - 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Opening Ceremony - 10:00 AM

• New & Unique Food Contest, Celebrity Judging - 11:00 AM
• Bobbi the Barker - 12:30 PM, 1:30 PM, 2:30 PM plus More Times
• Conjurer Fortune Machine - 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM, 2:30 PM - 3:00 PM, 5:00 PM - 5:30 PM plus More Times



• County Quilt Blocks - made by quilters from each of the 93 counties in Nebraska.
• Dan, Dan The Farmer Man Comedy Rainmaker Show - 1:00 PM - 1:30 PM, plus 3:30 PM - 4:00 PM, and 8:00 PM - 8:30 PM
• Department of Agriculture - seeing exhibits about the processes, products, and innovations of the agricultural industry.

• Food Eating Contests - 4:45 PM - 5:00 PM - Food eating contests take place daily on the Family Fun Zone Stage.
• Grounds-wide Scavenger Hunt presented by Schneider's Hardware
Hedrick's Racing Pigs - 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM, plus 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM, and 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM plus More Times

• Matt's Family Jam - 9:30 AM - 10:00 AM, and 1:00 PM - 1:30 PM - fun music that makes you feel good
Midway - Wade Shows, Inc.,
• Nowear BMX Freestyle Stunt Team - 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM, plus 4:30 PM - 5:00 PM, and 7:00 PM - 7:30 PM

• Panfilov's Performing Pets - 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM, plus 3:00 PM - 3:30 PM, and 6:30 PM - 7:00 PM
• Professor Farquar's Wild West Medicine Show - 1:45 PM, 2:45 PM, 6:45 PM
• Raising Nebraska: Your Food and the Families Who Grow It - 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM, plus 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM, and 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM plus More Times

• Sinbad High Dive Show - 1:30 PM - 2:00 PM, plus 5:00 PM - 5:30 PM, and 7:30 PM - 8:00 PM
• The Butterfly Encounter - interactive, walk-through exhibit, and a video of the life cycle of a butterfly.
Foundation Quarter Horse Show - 7:00 AM



• Bee Culture - Competitive Exhibits - 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM, and 8:00 AM - Sample the delicious honey ice cream Fonner Concourse.
4-H Exhibits - 9:00 AM
• 4-H Video Wall - 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM

• Ag Equipment Display - 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM - new combines, cattle chutes, pens, panels, waterers and more.
• Agricultural Products - Competitive Exhibits - 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
• Agriculture Educational Trading Cards - 9:00 AM

• AGtivity Acres - 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM - numerous free family fun games, contests, and creative crafts EVERY day of the Fair
• Cattle Avenue of Breeds - 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM - various breeds of beef cattle.
• CNH Case and New Holland Simulators, Pedal Combines and Tractors - 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM

• Education - Competitive Exhibits - 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
• Foods - Competitive Exhibits - 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
• Grand Island Groundwater Guardians Outdoor Learning Area - 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM

• GROW Nebraska Buy Local Store - 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM - Featuring over 80 different Nebraska companies Stop by for free samples
• Hay Bale Decorating Contest - 9:00 AM
• Hedrick's "Around The World In One Display" Petting Zoo and Camel & Pony Rides - 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM



• Horticulture - Competitive Exhibits - 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM, and 11:00 AM
• J-Tech Solar Sustainability Pavilion - 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM, and 4:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Livestock Birthing Pavilion presented by Nebraska Cattlewomen - 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM

• Nebraska By Heart - 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
• Nebraska Game and Parks Commission Outdoor Encounter - 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM, and 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM - The beautiful new exhibit includes a 12-foot waterfall.
• Nebraska Operation Lifesaver - 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM

• Nebraska State Historical Society - 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
• Nebraska State Patrol - 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM - Community Service Provider booth of State Patrol Information: Highway safety tips, facts, demonstrations, driving simulations.
• Nebraska State Patrol Vehicles - 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM

• Nebraska's Largest Boar - 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM - Nebraska's Largest Boar and Barrow will be on display in the Swine Barn during the fair.
• Nebraska's Largest Steer - 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM - Nebraska's Largest Steer will be on display in the Cattle Barn during the fair.
• One Man Band and Son - 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM, plus 1:30 PM - 2:00 PM, and 3:30 PM - 4:00 PM -

• Photography - Competitive Exhibits - 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
• Quilt Exhibit - Competitive Exhibits - 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
• Recycle Cycle and Show - 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM, plus 3:00 PM - 3:30 PM, and 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM


  Nebraska State Fair 2017 Schedule:

  • Aug. 25 - Friday     • Aug. 26 - Saturday

  • Aug. 31 - Thursday     • Sep. 1 - Friday

  • Sep. 2 - Saturday    



• Rollo - 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM, plus 9:30 AM - 10:00 AM, and 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM - Ten foot Rollo creates comedy in crowded situations.
• Sesquicentennial Celebration - 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM, plus 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, and 6:00 PM
• Sheep Avenue of Breeds - 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM - The Avenue of Breeds is a display of various breeds of sheep.

• Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer - 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM, and 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM - Stuhr Museum's 1890's Railroad town comes to the fair
• Textile Arts - Competitive Exhibits - 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
• The Great American Duck Race - 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM

• UNL Food Processing Center - NE Food Manufacturer's Exhibit - 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Marching Bands - 10:00 AM - High School Bands to perform throughout the fairgrounds.
• Ben's One Man Band - 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
• Crystal Schaecher - 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM, plus 1:30 PM - 2:00 PM, and 5:00 PM - 5:30 PM

• Nebraska State Treasurer's Office NEST on the Farm Scholarship Presentation - 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM The scholarship is open to children and teens ages 7 to 13 who live on Nebraska farms or whose parents work on Nebraska farms.
Moto Maniacs - Where Mad Motorcycle Stunts and Audacious Acrobats Collide - 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM, plus 4:30 PM - 5:00 PM, and 7:00 PM - 7:30 PM
• Tap This! - 1:00 PM - 1:30 PM, plus 4:00 PM - 4:30 PM, and 6:00 PM - 6:30 PM - 4-time national championship clogging team from Lincoln, Nebraska

• Alpaca Composite Halter Show - 2:00 PM - excitement and competition in the Swine Barn Arena.
• Milking Parlor presented by Midwest Dairy - 4:00 PM - See the cows get milked and listen to an educational demo regarding dairy cattle.
• River Road Trio - 4:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Keith Long - 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM - Open Class Stage, Fonner Park Grandstand Concourse

• Alpaca Showmanship: Class 1 - 6:00 PM
• Draft Horse Hitch Show - 6:00 PM - competitive equine event full of draft horse strength, beauty, and pageantry.
State Fair Celebration Parade - 6:00 PM - The Nebraska State Fair offers Daily Parades.

• An Evening with the Llamas and Alpacas - 7:00 PM - guests will be able to pet and lead the animals
Brad Paisley Concert with special guests Dustin Lynch, Chase Bryant and Lindsay Ell - 7:00 PM - Fonner Park Race Track Infield
• Tim Zach and Whiskey Bent - 8:00 PM - @ Nebraska Lottery Good Life Lounge Beer Garden, Ag Marketplace

• CHI Health Sky Tram
• Remembering Our Fallen
• Backyard Playworld Interactive Playset - 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM

• Fine Arts - Competitive Exhibits - 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM, and 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
• Honey Ice Cream by NE Beekeepers Association - 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
• Pay 2 Play Activities - 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM - Walk on water in a plastic ball like a hamster

• R.L. Dack Horseshoeing & Forge Blacksmith Demonstration - 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
• State Fair Historical Timeline & Exhibit - 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
• Paul Stephen Duffy - 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM, and 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
• "Sheep to Shawl" Demonstration - 7:00 PM


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