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Nebraska State Fair seeks memorabilia and artifacts

Shaun Schlief
Nebraska State Fair Marketing Director

The Nebraska State Fair is continuing the search for memorabilia and artifacts from past State Fairs to create a historical exhibition at the 2011 State Fair. The exhibition will be housed in the foyer of the Livestock Arena at the Nebraska State Fairgrounds in Grand Island, Neb.

Jana Kruger, Nebraska State Fair board member says, “The State Fair has been a celebration of Nebraskans, both urban and rural since 1873. We’re asking people to look through their attics, junk drawers and outbuildings to uncover treasures from State Fairs past.”

Items may include photographs, ribbons, trophies, and carnival prizes. Carnival glass, Kewpie and Troll dolls, mini cameras, carnival games, dice, stuffed animals, figurines, posters and other items imprinted with Nebraska State Fair will be welcome additions to the exhibition.

Kruger says, “All Nebraskans have great memories of the Nebraska State Fair. It was and is a magical time for everyone who attends. Memories are precious, and we want to ensure that all artifacts and memorabilia are handled with the utmost care to maintain our history.”

Individuals wishing to donate Nebraska State Fair memorabilia and artifacts can do so by sending them to: Nebraska State Fair, Attn: Jessica Musil, 1043 South Locust, Grand Island, NE 68801.

Kruger says, “We also want the story behind the artifact. We know that many a young romance has blossomed when the young man won a prize for his date at the State Fair. We know that many young 4-H and FFA members will always remember when they took home the purple ribbon or trophy. These are the memories we want to not only preserve but also relay to the public through the exhibition,” Kruger said.

For more information or to make arrangements for your memorabilia, please call (308) 382-1620.

The 2011 Nebraska State Fair will be held from August 26 through September 5th in Grand Island, Neb.