- Associated Press - Saturday, March 12, 2016

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) - The Nebraska State Fair in Grand Island will be adding some new attractions this year.

They include a tree house and fort structure for children on the outdoor section of the main pavilion at the Nebraska Building, the Grand Island Independent reported (https://bit.ly/1SJ11sK ) Saturday.

Since returning to the State Fair two years ago, the Nebraska Game and Parks pavilion has become a popular destination. In the last two years, the attraction has drawn nearly 700,000 visitors.

Along with an indoor waterfall, a giant aquarium populated with Nebraska fish is a strong draw. Game and Parks marketing director Jane Gustafson said the agency will continue to offer free archery and air-gun shooting ranges at the pavilion, as well as free games for young kids, such as the Nerf shooting range, fish games and a giant sandbox.

The Nebraska State Fair 1868 Foundation has raised more than 60 percent of the more than $900,000 needed for a new open air horse arena, foundation director Lindsey Koepke said. The fully renovated, 60,000-square-foot outdoor arena will replace the current outdoor arena just west of Thompson Arena. It will feature holding pens and professional bucking and roping chutes for use in rodeos and horse shows.

This year’s State Fair is scheduled to run from Aug. 26 through Sept. 5.


Information from: The Grand Island Independent, https://www.theindependent.com

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