2017 Nebraska State Fair

The only thing the Nebraska State Fair in Grand Island fell short of was around 10,000 visitors to break a 20-year-old record for attendance numbers from when it was in Lincoln. That being said the number of state fair visitors keeps climbing now in it’s eighth year in central Nebraska. It seems like there’s something for everyone at the state fair. One of my favorite things to photograph in 2017 are nightlife scenes along the midway including a Giant Gondola Wheel.

4PP: People wait in line to take a ride on the Giant Gondola Wheel on the midway during the Nebraska State Fair.

People wait in line to take a ride on the Giant Gondola Wheel on the midway during the Nebraska State Fair. This image was taken with a 16-35mm f2.8 zoom lens mounted on a Canon 1DX camera with an exposure of two seconds at f22, 200 ISO.

Jersey and Addison Peterson of Aurora Elementary School hold a butterfly together inside Butterfly Encounter of Spring Hill, Fla. during Nebraska’s Largest Classroom day at the Nebraska State Fair.

Jersey and Addison Peterson of Aurora Elementary School hold a butterfly together inside Butterfly Encounter of Spring Hill, Fla. during Nebraska’s Largest Classroom day at the Nebraska State Fair.

Addy Skaggs a fourth-grader at Axtell Elementary School smiles as two butterflies land of her baseball cap inside Butterfly Encounter of Spring Hill, Fla. during Nebraska’s Largest Classroom day at the Nebraska State Fair.

Addy Skaggs a fourth-grader at Axtell Elementary School smiles as two butterflies land of her baseball cap inside Butterfly Encounter of Spring Hill, Fla. during Nebraska’s Largest Classroom day at the Nebraska State Fair.

Hastings College senior Jill Bax serves against Oklahoma City during The Bill Marshall Classic on opening day of the Nebraska State Fair at the Heartland Event Center Friday.

Hastings College senior Jill Bax serves against Oklahoma City during The Bill Marshall Classic on opening day of the Nebraska State Fair at the Heartland Event Center.

Hastings College volleyball players huddle together prior to playing Oklahoma City during The Bill Marshall Classic on opening day of the Nebraska State Fair at the Heartland Event Center.

Hastings College volleyball players huddle together prior to playing Oklahoma City during The Bill Marshall Classic on opening day of the Nebraska State Fair at the Heartland Event Center.

Marysa Dominquez, a Sicanju Lakota Indian from Lincoln, dances on the Family Fun Zone Stage as a member of the Many Moccasins Dance Troupe at the Nebraska State Fair Friday.

Marysa Dominquez, a Sicanju Lakota Indian from Lincoln, dances on the Family Fun Zone Stage as a member of the Many Moccasins Dance Troupe at the Nebraska State Fair.

Kaarina Dominquez of Lincoln dances with multiple hoops on the Family Fun Zone Stage as a member of the Many Moccasins Dance Troupe at the Nebraska State Fair Friday.

Kaarina Dominquez of Lincoln dances with multiple hoops on the Family Fun Zone Stage as a member of the Many Moccasins Dance Troupe at the Nebraska State Fair.

Parade goers walk along a sidewalk outside the Nebraska Cattlemen’s Beef Pit Saturday at the Nebraska State Fair.

Parade goers walk along a sidewalk outside the Nebraska Cattlemen’s Beef Pit Saturday at the Nebraska State Fair.

Linemen post flags on a pole passed up from Air Force Junior ROTC members below during prior to the singing of the National Anthem to start the 6th annual Nebraska Lineworkers Rodeo at the state fair Saturday. Pictured from top to bottom is: Tyrel Hinton. Bryan Ferguson, Rob Keeney, Adam Babl and Skyler Kalinski.

Linemen post flags on a pole passed up from Air Force Junior ROTC members below during prior to the singing of the National Anthem to start the 6th annual Nebraska Lineworkers Rodeo at the Nebraska State Fair. Pictured from top to bottom is: Tyrel Hinton. Bryan Ferguson, Rob Keeney, Adam Babl and Skyler Kalinski.

Alex Meeks gets ready to lower a mannequin while competing in the hurt man rescue during the 6th annual Nebraska Lineworkers Rodeo at the state fair Saturday.

Alex Meeks gets ready to lower a mannequin while competing in the hurt man rescue during the 6th annual Nebraska Lineworkers Rodeo at the Nebraska State Fair.

A Northern Pike, center, swims inside an aquarium with a multitude of other fish inside the Nebraska Building at the 2017 Nebraska State Fair.

A Northern Pike, center, swims inside an aquarium with a multitude of other fish inside the Nebraska Building at the 2017 Nebraska State Fair.

Taylor Penrose of Grand Island jumps to grab her fortune card from Robert Smith of Conjurer Free Fortunes at the Nebraska State Fair. Penrose’s fortune was that she would be taller one day.

Taylor Penrose of Grand Island jumps to grab her fortune card from Robert Smith of Conjurer Free Fortunes at the Nebraska State Fair. Penrose’s fortune was that she would be taller one day.

Dougie Needles, lead guitarist for Joan Jett and the Blackhearts performs at the Heartland Event Center at the 2017 Nebraska State Fair.

Dougie Needles, lead guitarist for Joan Jett and the Blackhearts performs at the Heartland Event Center at the 2017 Nebraska State Fair.

Megan Denny of Bettendorf, Iowa applies baby powder to a Shire’s hoofs after it was washed during opening day of the Nebraska State Fair.

Megan Denny of Bettendorf, Iowa applies baby powder to a Shire’s hoofs after it was washed during opening day of the Nebraska State Fair.

Jason Goodman drives a group of six Perchuron horse on his young living exhibition hitch during the Draft Horse Show.

Jason Goodman drives a group of six Perchuron horse on his young living exhibition hitch during the Draft Horse Show.

Adam Altmaier of Kearney drives his Altmaier Hitch one Percheron mules during the Draft Feed Team Race on opening day of the Nebraska State Fair.

Adam Altmaier of Kearney drives his Altmaier Hitch one Percheron mules during the Draft Feed Team Race on opening day of the Nebraska State Fair.

 Joel Cerny, fire chief of the Linwood Rural Fire Protection District, cleans the windshield of a 1964 Ford 4x4 grass rig at the Nebraska State Fair.

Joel Cerny, fire chief of the Linwood Rural Fire Protection District, cleans the windshield of a 1964 Ford 4×4 grass rig at the Nebraska State Fair.

Holding an axe, Travis Mitchell, a Grand Island firefighter and Honor Guard member, faces the American flag during the National Anthem at the Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge Saturday at the Nebraska State Fair.

Holding an axe, Travis Mitchell, a Grand Island firefighter and Honor Guard member, faces the American flag during the National Anthem at the Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge Saturday at the Nebraska State Fair.

Grand Island firefighter Fred Benzel sprays water at a target with a fire hose over his shoulder while competing in the Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge Saturday at the Nebraska State Fair.

Grand Island firefighter Fred Benzel sprays water at a target with a fire hose over his shoulder while competing in the Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge Saturday at the Nebraska State Fair.

Aaron Armstrong, a Grand Island firefighter, left, lifts a 175-pound rescue mannequin alongside Edgardo Rodriguez, a firefighter with the United States Air Force Academy to drag backwards to the finish line during the Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge Saturday at the Nebraska State Fair.

Aaron Armstrong, a Grand Island firefighter, left, lifts a 175-pound rescue mannequin alongside Edgardo Rodriguez, a firefighter with the United States Air Force Academy to drag backwards to the finish line during the Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge Saturday at the Nebraska State Fair.

Tricia Faimon, a volunteer firefighter with the Hadar, Neb. Fire Department, pulls a 42-pound donut up a 40-ft. stair tower during the Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge Saturday at the Nebraska State Fair. Faimon was the only female firefighter in the competition.

Tricia Faimon, a volunteer firefighter with the Hadar, Neb. Fire Department, pulls a 42-pound donut up a 40-ft. stair tower during the Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge Saturday at the Nebraska State Fair. Faimon was the only female firefighter in the competition.

Brooklyn Reynolds of Dodge County watches intermediate swine showmanship inside the Swine Barn at the Nebraska State Fair.

Brooklyn Reynolds of Dodge County watches intermediate swine showmanship inside the Swine Barn at the Nebraska State Fair.

Kevin Killinger loads corn stalks into a silage cutter during an antique tractor show demonstration in the East Entertainment Area at the Nebraska State Fair.

Kevin Killinger loads corn stalks into a silage cutter during an antique tractor show demonstration in the East Entertainment Area at the Nebraska State Fair.

Joseph Liscom of Omaha raises his hands in the air upon winning the Rodney and Lisa’s candy apple eating contest at the 2017 Nebraska State Fair.

Joseph Liscom of Omaha raises his hands in the air upon winning the Rodney and Lisa’s candy apple eating contest at the 2017 Nebraska State Fair.

Brayden Greenwald dives into a ten foot pool of water after being lit of fire during a Sinbad High Dive Show in the East Entertainment Area at the 2017 Nebraska State Fair.

Brayden Greenwald dives into a ten foot pool of water after being lit of fire during a Sinbad High Dive Show in the East Entertainment Area at the 2017 Nebraska State Fair.

James Lichtenstein bowls over Alex Yurchyk off a diving board during a Sinbad High Dive Show in the East Entertainment Area at the 2017 Nebraska State Fair.

James Lichtenstein bowls over Alex Yurchyk off a diving board during a Sinbad High Dive Show in the East Entertainment Area at the 2017 Nebraska State Fair.

Josie Eichholz of Pleasanton, Neb. rides a pony named Pedro as she and other children go on a pony ride Saturday at the Nebraska State Fair.

Josie Eichholz of Pleasanton, Neb. rides a pony named Pedro as she and other children go on a pony ride Saturday at the Nebraska State Fair.

The Moto Maniacs perform in the Family Fun Zone during the 2017 Nebraska State Fair.

The Moto Maniacs perform in the Family Fun Zone during the 2017 Nebraska State Fair.

People wait in line to take a ride on the Giant Gondola Wheel on the midway during the Nebraska State Fair.

People wait in line to take a ride on the Giant Gondola Wheel on the midway during the Nebraska State Fair.

People wait in line to take a ride on the Giant Gondola Wheel on the midway during the Nebraska State Fair.

People wait in line to take a ride on the Giant Gondola Wheel on the midway during the Nebraska State Fair.

People wait in line to take a ride on the Giant Gondola Wheel on the midway during the Nebraska State Fair.

People wait in line to take a ride on the Giant Gondola Wheel on the midway during the Nebraska State Fair.

People wait in line to take a ride on the Giant Gondola Wheel on the midway during the Nebraska State Fair.

People wait in line to take a ride on the Giant Gondola Wheel on the midway during the Nebraska State Fair.

People wait in line to take a ride on the Giant Gondola Wheel on the midway during the Nebraska State Fair. (Independent/Photos by Andrew Carpenean, Illustration by Barrett Stinson)

People wait in line to take a ride on the Giant Gondola Wheel on the midway during the Nebraska State Fair. (Independent/Photos by Andrew Carpenean, Illustration by Barrett Stinson)

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