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A very great State Fair

Attendance in Grand Island this year for the 11-day event was 379,108 - an increase of 18,001, or almost 5 percent, over 2016.

The State Fair Board is reporting a almost 5% year-over-year increase.

The fair's agricultural and creative competitions drew more than 35,000 entries this year.

The fair set three daily attendance records, on Monday, Aug. 28, with 144,504 visitors; Friday, Sept. 1, with 187,066 visitors; and Sunday, Sept. 3, with 242,759 visitors. The fair was moved to Grand Island in 2010 and has been held in the south-central Nebraska city since.

Fairgoers were generally pleased with the State Fair with 88% of them saying they are likely or very likely to recommend the Nebraska State Fair to others.

"We think there are some measures to get people in and out faster, " Kircher said of the concerts. Pentatonix drew 12,843 fans, he said.



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