Nebraska State Fair doing final preparations before opening day

Nebraska State Fair doing final preparations before opening day (NTV News)

With the Nebraska State Fair less than a week away, excitement is int he air but the prep team has had the fair on their minds for a long time.

"One of the things that's crazy about fair time is we're really prepping for 18 to 24 months before the fair but of course these last few weeks is when we are in the zone where we are really getting out here and getting the last few elements put together ready for 400,000 people to show up." said Lori Cox, the Nebraska State Fair executive director.

The team remains optomistic despite the down pour of Sunday's rain which slowed down some field and yard work.

"So we are a little bit stagnant in our activity and work today but for the most part we're ready to go. We're actually ahead of the curve this year."

The prep team says some of the same foods and events they had last year like the pineapple whip, the draft horse show, and livestock competitions will be returning back this year, but you'll also be able see some new things as well.

"One of the things we are always excited about is the new foods, that's always something that draws people from all over the place. We have a plethora of new foods for the gastric delights this year." Cox said.

That includes, gourmet mac and cheese, and other whip delights on top of the pineapple whip.

The first livestock scholarship will be avialbe for market champions in 4-H and FFA competitions as well.

Cox is personally excited about a particular event.

"One of the things that I get really excited about is the draft horse show. Nebraska State Fair has the most premiere draft horse shows of all state fairs across the country. We may not be the largest but we have the finest teams and of course, our draft horse hitch and competitions across the whole network of the fair days are well attended, packed house usually."

New bundles like the foodie bundle and the date night bundle will also be available this year, a way to save some money at the fair.

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