Nebraska State Fair through the years

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Nebraska State Fair: September 1978. Staff cleans up after the fair. (LJS file)

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Nebraska State Fair: September 1914. State Fair auto races in 1914. (NEBRASKA STATE HISTORICAL SOCIETY) 8/24/2008 pg 1K Sunday A.M. Autos race at the Nebraska State Fair in September 1914. NEBRASKA STATE HISTORICAL SOCIETY

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Nebraska State Fair: September 1948. 4H Baby Beef Show. (LJS file)

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Nebraska State Fair: September 1973

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Built in 1913 and anchoring the fairgrounds, the Industrial Arts Building (left) was where band concerts, car races and tumbling acts were featured in 1921. A special train brough people from Omaha on the designated Omaha Day that year. (LJS file)

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Nebraska State Fair: Circa 1950s. Inside industrial Arts building. The picture of the man in hat and woman with umbrella is made from apples. (LJS file)

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Nebraska State Fair: September 1988 -- Commercial exhibits at the state fair. (LJS file)

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Nebraska State Fair: September 1965. Lincoln Fire Department snorkel apparatus removes stranded riders from thr Sky Pile ride. (LJS file)

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Nebraska State Fair: 1925. The entrance to the midway area of the State Fair looked in 1925. The two highest peaks were taken down in 1937 and today none of the building stands. (LJS file)

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September 1954 Nebraska State Fair aerial view. (LJS file)

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Nebraska State Fair: September 1971. The entrance to the fairgrounds in 1970s. (LJS file)

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Nebraska State Fair: September 1912. Fashionable fairgoers are gathered on the midway at an early 1900s (believed to be 1910) Nebraska State Fair. The merry-go-round was doing a brisk business. Other midway attractions included games and slideshows, one billed as "The Biggest Horse in the W…

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Entrance to the State Fair, 1914. (LJS file)

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Nebraska State Fair: September 6, 1965. Moments after the Sky Ride accident, the Midway was the scene of stunned confusion. At right, partially hidden, is Tony Anzaldo, son of Mrs. Marie Anzaldo. She is bending over injured man in foreground. Anzaldo leaped 25 feet to the ground. His brother…

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Nebraska State Fair: September 1968. (LJS file)

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Nebraska State Fair: September 1973 (LJS file)

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Race track and grandstand, 1920. (LJS file) 8/24/2008 pg 1K Sunday A.M. An airplane flies over the racetrack and grandstand of the State Fair in 1920. JOURNAL STAR FILE PHOTO

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The pursuit of thighs of steel is nothing new, but building them in public was a show-stopper 65 years ago. (LJS file)

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Nebraska State Fair: September 1988 -- Commercial exhibits at the state fair. (LJS file)

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1st District Congressional Candidate Matt Connealy (right) and Jeff Fortenberry took part in a debate at the Nebraska State Fair. (LJS file) 9/6/2004 pg 1A First District congressional candidates Republican Jeff Fortenberry (left) and Democrat Matt Connealy got to ask each other qu…

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Jim Gregory's prize-winning entry is on display in the Expo Building at the Nebraska State Fair. (LJS file)

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An unidentified woman in Omaha walks Wednesday, past a billboard advertising the Nebraska State Fair. In an effort to boost attendance, the State Fair has set up billboards with zany messages. (AP file)

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"Rowdy", a creation of the Riverview Jr. Stockmen 4-H Club and part of the Bovine Babies exhibit, gets the attention of Tara Hestermann, 6, of Sterling. (LJS file)

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State Fair's Agriculture Hall, date unknown. (LJS file)

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Industrial Arts building at State Fair Park. (LJS file) 3/1/2008 pg 4M Directions Northwest The Industrial Arts building at State Fair Park will be among the buildings acquired by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln on Jan. 1. UNL already has requested bids from companies that want …

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July 27 1977: Participating in ribbon-cutting ceremonies were (from left to right) Lancaster County Commissioner Bruce Hamilton, Lincoln Mayor Helen Boosalis, County Commissioner Bob Colin and Gov. J. James Exon. (LJS file)

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Old Coliseum: 1956 (LJS file)

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A new all-time attendance record was set at the fair in 1930 with a total of 439,382 for the week. Interior of Agriculture Hall, 1930, one of the most popular attractions. (LJS file)

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State Fair, 1920. (LJS file)

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Nebraska State Fair: September 4, 1929. A large group of people look up, possible at a performance or exhibit. 4-H bannners hang from the balconies. (LJS file)

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Food judges Deanna Kordik (left) and Carlene Sullivan at the 1985 fair. (LJS file)

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1956 parking for the fair. (LJS file)

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Sky ride accident, 1965. (LJS file)

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Nebraska State Fair: Circa 1950s. Lines of cars wait to enter state fairgrounds. (LJS file) 8/24/2008 pg 2K Sunday A.M. Lines of cars wait to enter the Nebraska State Fair in the 1950s. JOURNAL STAR FILE PHOTO

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Nebraska State Fair: 1925. The entrance to the midway area of the State Fair looked in 1925. The two highest peaks were taken down in 1937 and today none of the building stands. (LJS file)

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September 1954 Nebraska State Fair aerial view. (LJS file)

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Nebraska State Fair: September 1948. 4H Baby Beef Show. (LJS file)

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Nebraska State Fair: September 1965. Lincoln Fire Department's snorkel apparatus removes stranded riders from thr Sky Pile ride. (LJS file)

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Children enjoy a ride on a mini roller coaster shaped like a dragon at the 1993 fair. (LJS file)

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Ferris wheels light up the sky during the 1993 fair. (LJS file)

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Lights of the midway on the final weekend of the 1995 fair. (LJS file)

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Bridget Hespen prepares her calf for the 1996 fair. (LJS file)

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A man eats a corndog at the state fair, year unknown. (LJS file)

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Caitlin Wilkerson, 6, of Mondamin, Iowa, hugs her Butterfly Kisses before the llama show at the 1999 state fair. (LJS file)

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Austin McDonald, Wahoo, feeds an apple to a Longhorn at the 1995 state fair. (LJS file)

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(L-R) Ernest Godfrey, 12, and his sister Anna, 11, of Lincoln, have The Dream Machine all to themselves at the 2000 fair. (LJS file)

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Enjoying the Orient Express roller coaster ride are Jeanne Martin, L,(of Omaha) and her daughter Kimmy during the final day of Midway rides at the 2003 Nebraska State Fair. (LJS file)

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State fair 1989 (LJS file)

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Allen Salyers (left) and Jeremy Humphreys blow up balloons as they prepare to open the "Balloonorama" on the Nebraska State Fair midway (2007) (LJS file).

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Children at the 1994 midway. (LJS file)

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The 1986 midway (LJS file)

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The Sunday crowd at a 1972 fair. (LJS file)

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The 1978 fair. (LJS file)

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Paris Jenkins, with John Strong's Sideshow, lifts Monty Python, a 15-foot Burmeese Python, into its waiting crate under the bigtop as he gets ready for the 2000 Nebraska State Fair. (LJS file)

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Bailey Stewart, age 4, poses with NU coach Tom Osborne, Brook Berringer, and Tommie Frazier, which are life size cutout. Posing with one of these star will cost you $1 at the UNL building at the 1995 fair. (LJS file)

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State Fair 1989 (LJS file)

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The world's largest piggy bank. Al Wright, from Saprta, WI, cleans off the head of his worlds largest piggy bank in preparation for the opening of the 1995 Nebraska State Fair. (LJS file)

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Fairgoers hit the midway at night at the 1996 Nebraska State Fair. (LJS file)

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State fair midway, 1920 (LJS file)

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The midway was whirling on the last night of the 2008 State Fair. (LJS file)

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Nebraska State Fair visitors swing high next to the rollercoaster, 2007. (LJS file)

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Fairgoers ride into the evening sky as darkness tries to descend on the glowing 2006 state fair midway. (LJS file)

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Aaron West, 14, of Omaha and Blake Due, 8, of Friend get a bird's-eye view of the fairgrounds while riding the towering Big Ben in 2002. (LJS file)

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James Nelson of Omaha of the Salem Stepping Saints at the 1995 state fair. (LJS file)

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Suzy Bogguss performs at the 1992 stat fair. (LJS file)

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Scooter Engelhaupt of Ashland rides a bull for 73 points at the 1994 state fair. (LJS file)

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Country singers Merle Haggard and Janie Fricke at the 1985 state fair.

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The Statler Brothers at the 1989 state fair. (LJS file)

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Anne Murray at the 1989 state fair. (LJS file)

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The state fair's 1976 tractor pull drew a crowd of 10,250 for three days. (LJS file)

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Johnny Cash at the 1981 state fair. (LJS file)

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Entries for the Tri-State Tractor Pull at the state fair, unknown date. (LJS file)

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Grant Watermann, 10, of Elk Creek puts forth his best effor Saurday during the tractor pedal pull competition at the 1992 Nebraska State Fair. (LJS file)

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Jon Schwartz of Omaha (93) and Greg Larson of Plattsmouth (64) have the inside track during the first heat of the late-model car races at State Fair Park at the 1994 state fair. (LJS file)

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A group of men show English Sire horses at the 1888 Nebraska State Fair. (State Historical Society)

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A horserace at the State Fairgrounds Grandstand in 1940. (LJS file)

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State Fair auto races in 1914. (Nebraska State Historical Society)

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A purple "selected for State Fair" sticker is attached to entry cards of exhibits at county fairs. (SHELLY KULHANEK/Lincoln Journal Star)

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Ponies get exercised at the 1993 fair. (LJS file)

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(L-R) DaisyAnn Erks, 18, and her sisters Rebekka, 8, and RoseAnn, 15, check on 4-H results. The sisters won 14 purple first-place ribbons in vegetables and flowers on the first floor at the 1999 state fair. (LJS file)

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Sandra Myers of Lincoln points to the quilts being displayed by the Nebraska State Quilt Guild in the Industrial Arts Building at the 2003 Nebraska State Fair. (LJS file)

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Nebraska State Fair: September 1987 -- Deanna Kordik and Louise Free, two state fair judges. They tasted jams, jellies and preserves. (LJS file)

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Nebraska State Fair: September 1988 -- Angie Kruse (left) and Cami Jones, both of Grand Island, work to shear their sheep in preparation for the market lamb judging. (LJS file)

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With ribbons and rosettes awaiting, 4-h members showed their dairy goats during one of the first competitions Friday at the 1992 Nebraska State Fair. (LJS file)

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Behind a row of corn entered by Kirk and Matt Summers of Gibbon, displays are viewed by Marjorie Robertson (left), Neal and Ann Baxter, all of North Platte. (LJS file)

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State fair, date unknown. (Nebraska State Historical Society)

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1975 state fair judges. (LJS file)

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Food judge, Pat Goodrich at 1997 Nebraska State Fair, judging jelly entries. The category she is judging is "Any Not Named" which contained enteries as "Hot Pepper" and "Green Pepper." (LJS file)

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Charlotte Slaby of Murdock helps put the display of canned food entries together in Exhibition Hall as preparations for the 2005 Nebraska State Fair got underway in earnest. (LJS file)

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Wendy Stuthman, 8, leans on a 225-pound pumpkin in Ag Hall at the 1985 state fair. (LJS file)

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The state fair's first manager was William R. Mellor, 1914. (Nebrask State Historical Society)

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State Fair General Manager George Jackson, 1928. (Nebraska State Historical Society)

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State Fair General Manager Henry Brandt gives the tradition-honored "hi-ball" for the fair's steam train to start its initial run in the early 70s. (LJS file)

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Justin Nathan of Hoskins shears his market lamb before showing it in the 4-H competition at the 2004 Nebraska State Fair. (LJS file)

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A display on artificial insemination was featured at the state fair in the 1940s. (LJS file)

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Livestock at the 1988 state fair. (LJS file)

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State fair, 1879. (LJS file)

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The snout of Teddy Bear, an 800-pound pure bred Spot boar, at the 2008 Nebraska State Fair. (LJS file)

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Charles Stron at work during tractor parade at 1993 State Fair. (LJS file)

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Nebraska State Fair: Circa 1950s. Farm equipment display. (LJS file)

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The 1976 Nebraska State Fair featured in USDA's Bicentennial Yearbook: Washington -- A photograph of Nebraska State Fair in Lincoln, is featured in "The Face of of Rural America," the 1976 Bicentennial Yearbook of Agriculture, designed to show urban residents what modern farming and farm li…

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Dennis Barnes takes a snooze at the 2008 Nebraska State Fair. (LJS file)

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Cory Weber reacts with elation as the 4-H market beef judge Brad Skaar picks her steer as the grand champion at the 1986 state fair. (LJS file)

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Examples of Nebraska's harvest are on display at Agriculture Hall at the 1977 state fair. (LJS file)

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Nebraska State Fair: September 3, 1924. Beatrice Simmons of Cozad shows her calf in the first 1st Heifer Calf Club. (Nebraska State Historical Society)

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4-H members line up to show their market lambs at the 2004 Nebraska State Fair. (LJS file)

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The midway and commercial vendors brought the 1899 fair to downtown Lincoln. The view is of O Street looking west from 12th Street. It is believed that the animal exhibits were at the Lancaster County Fairgrounds, site of the present State Fair Park. (LJS file)

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Fair photo, date unknown. (LJS file)

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State fair grandstand, 1934. (LJS file)

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The first front gate was built when cars were narrow, as the 1924 photo shows. It remained in place until after World War II. (LJS file)

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Liberace eating an ear of cooked corn at a booth at the Nebraska State Fair, 1970. (LJS file)

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Pete Debus, retired mail carrier, husks corn for the corn-on-the-cob stand at the 1995 fair. Debus says his job makes him a real "Cornhusker." (LJS file)

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Nebraska State Fair: 1960s. Fairgoers wait in line at King's Food Host. (LJS file)

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Turkey legs roasting on the grill at the 2002 Nebraska State Fair. (LJS file)

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Jana Maddox enjoys a double-coned Pineapple Whip at the 1996 state fair. (LJS file)

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Lisa Ewing, of Lincoln, serves up a corndog at Carmen's Cozy Corn Dogs at the 2007 Nebraska State Fair. (LJS file)

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Mmmmmm... Nothing better than a corndog at the Nebraska State Fair. (LJS file)

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Nebraska State Fair: September 1984 -- Larry Kute of Hampton grills pork chops at the Pork Chop Shop at the state fair. The event was sponsored by the Nebraska Pork Producers. (LJS file)

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Deam Somonson and his daughters, Josee, 5, Shawri, 8, Ekho, 10, and his wife Paula enjoy a turkey drumstick meal seating on a sign and watching the sights at the 1995 state fair. (LJS file)

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Bob Schmidt, left, (Lawrence, Kansas) and David Dikeman (Wichita, Kansas) search for toppings from the Potato Man menu at the 1978 state fair. (LJS file)

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Kings Topper booth at the Nebraska State Fair, date unknown. (LJS file)

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Nebraska State Fair: September 1988 -- Commercial exhibits at the state fair. (LJS file)

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Maisie League dives into a Grater Tater with cheese sauce. A Greater Tater is a potato that is spiral cut and then French fried and served plain or with cheese sauce. (LJS file)

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Rodney Borgman, of Lincoln, on the last day of the 1947 fair. Rodney, 12 at the time, was showing beef calves for 4-H. He is originally from Emerald. (Photo courtesy Rodney and Ilene Borgman)