Fairly Good Time

August 27, 2010 at 1:00pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

Just out of curiosity, how many of you Lincolnites plan to attend the Nebraska State Fair in Grand Island this year? Naturally there is no right or wrong answer. Folks will have all kinds of different reasons for going or not going to the Fair’s first opening outside of Lincoln.

As for the Wilsons, consider us firmly planted in the “not going” category. Our reasons aren’t ideological by any stretch of the imagination. We just don’t think the experience is worth an hour-and-a-half drive plus entrance fees. The drive wouldn’t be quite so off-putting if it weren’t for the fact that we would have to do it with three boys sandwiched in our backseat. As for the entrance fees, well, I happen to prefer the Lancaster County Fair’s fee structure ($0.00). I do plan to go to the State Fair some day. We have family in the Grand Island area so there’s an opportunity for a multi-purpose trip. And frankly, I’m curious about what kind of show a brand-spankin’-new fairgrounds can put on.

If you go, please let us know what you think of the new fair experience. And if you don’t go—particularly if you normally did go while it was in Lincoln—what’s keeping you home?

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Fletch August 27, 2010 at 1:46pm

I would say it would be a cold day in Hell before I venture to the State Fair again, unless it magically moves back to Lincoln.

I never was much of a fair-goer. I think I’ve only been 3 times in the 28 years I have live in Nebraska, including 25 in Lincoln. All three times were because of a concert, including 2 out of 3 where I had free concert tickets.

I never rode a ride nor visited an exhibit. I did walk through the midway, and I did partake in some fine cuisine, but I wouldn’t be interested at all in going all the way to Grand Island to do so.

With all that said, I am probably not a good representative sample.

holy hannah August 27, 2010 at 2:50pm

The only reason I went to the State Fair is because my mother enjoyed it. It was an important family tradition for her. Unfortunately, her aging body won’t tolerate the long car ride, a full day walking around the fair and then a car ride home. We braved the heat and went to the County Fair which was enough for mom to get her Fair fix for the year.

Moses August 27, 2010 at 4:28pm

I hope they host a wonderful fair.  The fairgrounds needed to be moved and it is too bad Lincoln didn’t jump all over it and keep it in town.  But, I hope a lot of Omaha and Lincoln people visit and give the economy of Grand Island a big boost.

LNKNewsHound August 27, 2010 at 11:54pm

I plan on going to the State Fair in GI to see the difference between last years fair and this year fair, plus I originally from Western NE & lived in Hastings for three years.

Nikkidemas August 28, 2010 at 4:28pm

I won’t be going, but I liked visiting it in Lincoln.  I usually had free passes, but liked to go and support the vendors (that’s my way of saying I spent money on fried food on a stick).

It’s not a big enough deal to me to make the drive to Grand Island.  Maybe I’d change my mind if I had kids or had to be in GI for another reason.

Brian August 30, 2010 at 3:16pm

We went yesterday. It was windy and dusty, but had a good time overall. I wrote up a bit about it here: http://bfitz.me/2010/08/29/nebraska-state-fair-2010/

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