By: Jenn Schanz
With live entertainment, 40 new rides, plenty of deep fried favorites, and a million different slushy combinations, it's no wonder Grand Island is the place to be at the end of summer.
But the 11–day show, that takes 400 employees and 800 volunteers to pull off, is coming to a close.
For fair organizers, it's a bittersweet goodbye.
"People really put their heart and soul into the Nebraska State Fair. So it's exciting once it's here, but after 11 days I think most people are ready for the fair to close down," says Executive Director of Nebraska State Fair, Joseph McDermott.
Last minute fair goers say there's a lot to love.
But with a climbing heat index and temperatures reaching the triple digits, the weather was a concern for some.
Bayne Sieck of Crete has been showing his goats for five years, and was relieved they handled the heat so well.
"The animals have taken it really well. I thought it would be kind of stressful for them but it actually wasn't," he says.
Whether it's new entertainment, thrilling rides, or classic state fair food, officials say despite the heat, attendance is strong
It's estimated that this year's attendance is as high as it was for the last decade the fair was in Lincoln.
With 45 million dollars invested in infrastructure, fair officials say they'll be back in Grand Island for many years to come.