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Nebraska State Fair

The 2016 Nebraska State Fair is Aug. 26 – Sept. 5.

The Nebraska State Fair is a longstanding Nebraska tradition that the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission has been a part of for decades. Our home in the Nebraska Building draws crowds each year who come to see our 6,000-gallon aquarium filled with fish found in Nebraska waters, indoor archery and pellet gun ranges, kids’ Nerf gun range and a huge diorama of the Niobrara River Valley, as well as information on conservation and research efforts across the state. Outside, a meandering stream, covered picnic area, playground, mock campsite and beautifully landscaped grounds give fair visitors a place to relax.
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New for 2016

Visitors will enjoy a new sky fort just outside of the Nebraska Building. The structure is designed for kids and adults of all ages to climb and have fun. Educational and interpretative signage throughout the fort will help people learn about nature and outdoor recreational activities.

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Construction of the sky fort will be completed just in time for the 2016 Nebraska State Fair.

 

2016 presentation schedule

Join us for the following educational presentations:

Sat., Aug. 27

  • Fish Cleaning & Cooking Methods; 2 p.m.

Sun., Aug. 28

  • Adopt an Outdoor Buddy presented by the Central Nebraska Humane Society; 10 a.m.
  • Waterfowl Hunting & Calling; 2 p.m.

Sat., Sept. 3

  • Turkey Calling; 1 p.m.
  • Fish Cleaning & Cooking Methods; 2 p.m.

Sun., Sept. 4

  • Outdoor Cooking with Kids; 10 a.m.

Mon., Sept. 5

  • Outdoor Cooking with Kids; 10 a.m.

All presentations will take place outside of the Nebraska Building at the outdoor campground.

 

Outdoor Encounter hours

Activities at the Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Encounter are open during the following hours during the 2016 Nebraska State Fair:

  • Nebraska Game and Parks indoor and outdoor exhibit space
    9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Information booth — Hunting, fishing, park and trail information
    9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Information booth — Permits and license sales
    9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Indoor archery range
    10 a.m. – 6 p.m. (non-school days)
    9 a.m. – 6 p.m. (school days)
  • Indoor old fashion shooting gallery
    10 a.m. – 6 p.m. (non-school days)
    9 a.m. – 6 p.m. (school days)
  • Indoor kids games — Nerf gun range, bird toss and fishing game
    10 a.m. – 6 p.m. (non-school days)
    9 a.m. – 6 p.m. (school days)