Nebraska State Fair opens with full slate of rides, concerts

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Jaba Horn 13, of Brady, Neb., runs to get on as many rides, at the Nebraska State Fair, before the early afternoon rain fall during the first day of the Nebraska State Fair at Fonner Park, Friday, Aug. 26, 2011 in Grand Island, Neb. (AP Photo/The Lincoln Journal-Star, Brynn Anderson)

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska State Fair has kicked off and will offer a full slate of attractions and music a year after the COVID-19 pandemic cancelled the annual event’s concerts, carnival and other draws.

Besides the carnival rides, gooey fried food and livestock shows, this year’s fair in Grand Island will feature a bevy of concerts, including Modern West featuring Kevin Costner on Thursday, BandaLos Sebastianes on Friday and Jon Pardi on Saturday.

Warrant and Skid Row, both wildly popular “hair bands” in the 1980s, will perform Tuesday in the Events Center.

The theme of this year’s state fair is “Nothing More Nebraskan,” and the event will run through Sept. 6.

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