The Nebraska State Fair is underway and boy is there a lot to do. Whether your from the city or country there's an experience waiting for you at the state fair. It's a great place for folks to have their whole family experience concerts, unusual art in the form of hay bales, carnival rides, state and regional artisans, delicious food, 4-H exhibits, and animal showing.
For those that have never experienced animal showing before, the state fair is a great place to do this for a few minutes or hour and to get a better understanding of why it's important. When you sit at the cattle dog trial, sheep shearing show, goat show or any of the many others people rarely realize this is big business. It is a look into how farming and farmers in America work and treat their animals, with love and care. At a show competition, you will see some of the farmers best animals get presented (typically by children) for judging. The person showing the animal usually has them on some sort of bridle or leash and has a pole to tap them into standing at the best attention. The pole will be use to nudge them, to put their feet in a flat stance, so they will show best. Prior to the show, if you walk through the barns you will likely see the animals being bathed and shorn to perfection. Stop and chat with the showers. They, typically, will love to talk to you about what they do. You can see how much they love doing what they do and the great care they take of their animals. Ask them about their farms, about what their specialty is. Are they making goat cheese? How much milk do their cows produce? Where are they from? How big is their farm? There are so many interesting stories to here.
Check out the hay bale art. Who would have thought that hay bales could be turned into large scale sculptures. Farmers have more actively been doing this on their farms for the past few years. After they roll the hay it will sit until it's needed so why not have some fun. They've gone all out at the state fair. Some of the past creations have been flying pigs, airplanes, and boxes of popcorn.
In the exhibition hall you can find quilts, photos, wood working artisans, and more. It's a great place to see the intricate work done out of love. The quality of what can be created in the U.S. It's a place to be inspired. Get something unusual or one of a kind and give you ideas for your own home and life.
The food at the fair is delicious. The pulled pork, caramel apples, or fan favorite funnel cakes are real crowd pleasers. Turkey legs, fried twinkies, fresh local honey, and more delight children and adults alike. This year's fair has plenty of things going on that is included in the price of admission like Sandhills-Thedford Marching Band, milking parlor demonstrations, Cambridge Public School Cheerleaders Strolling Performance, working stock dog how to presentation, Hedrick's petting zoo, Wildlife Wendy and her tropical birds, Paul Siebert Pop American Music Variety Show, open class food competitions for pies-pizzas-and more.
There's something to enthuse pretty much everyone at the state fair. Whether you are from Nebraska or out of state come on out for fun at the fair.
A list of Monday's going's on can be found here http://www.statefair.org/fair/thingstodo/documents/NEWFinalMondayAugust2....
Ticket information can be found here: http://www.statefair.org/fair/ticketinfo/ticketinfo.asp.
Maps and directions to Fonner Park in Grand Island can be found here: http://www.statefair.org/fair/geninfo/maps_directions.asp.