Downsized Nebraska State Fair kicks off Friday amid pandemic

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska State Fair has kicked off under scaled-down conditions as organizers seek to provide a safe venue during a global pandemic.

The annual fair began Friday at Fonner Park in Grand Island, focusing on 4-H and FFA events, where young people from across the state will take part in livestock exhibitions.

While there will be a handful of food vendors and some other displays and events, some of the usual offerings won’t be around this year. That includes music concerts, rodeos and the midway with its carnival rides.

On the plus-side, there is no cost to be admitted this year, and parking is free. The only ticketed event is the ultimate bull fighting event Friday and Saturday, at $20 per ticket.

The fair will run through Labor Day.