- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 30, 2020

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) - The Nebraska State Fair is still a go but will be scaled back considerably to protect people from the coronavirus, organizers said Tuesday.

The fair’s board approved a slimmed-down schedule for this year’s event, which is scheduled from Aug. 28 through Sept. 7.

Executive Director Bill Ogg said the first weekend of the fair will feature 4-H events, while the second weekend would offer FFA events. Other activities such as the Raising Nebraska Experience and Nebraska Game and Parks Display will be available during the week in between.

Fair officials said they may add other events if the fair nears. That could include the regular carnival, motor sports and other events if public health restrictions are relaxed. All large concerts have been canceled.

Fair-goers won’t have to pay an admission fee this year.

The fair is in Grand Island, one of the areas of the state hardest-hit by the coronavirus.

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