Last State Fair in Lincoln Winds Down

For many fair-goers, it will be their last time at the Nebraska State Fair as it makes the move to Grand Island.  Others say the fair will continue on for them.

Sue King says it's bittersweet.  “It's really emotional.  We're sad to see it go.”

What started with an electric skillet under the grandstand in Lincoln 32 years ago grew into King's Funnel Cakes.

Their cakes and their famous fried peach-on-a-stick has become a staple at Nebraska's State Fair.

King says, “we've seen people holding funnel cakes in front of the old stand and taking pictures.

The parade, which has marched down the streets of State Fair Park since 1901, showcasing tractors, big horses, beauty queens and bands, makes the last state fair in Loncoln a reality.

There's mixed emotion about the fair's move.

Some won't follow the fair to Grand Island.  Others, like Shirley John, say they won't go every year.  “I don't know if we'll be able to go as often as we have in the past 25 years but we certainly will make an effort to go.”

Then there are those w, like Sandy Reid, are excited to see what a new fair will bring.  “We're anxious to see what new things are going to be in Grand Island.”

Even though Sue King says she's apprehensive to move, her funnel cakes and peaches will follow the fair anyway.

“We're going to go to Grand Island and try to get a big stand so everyone can look for us.”