Press Releases

  • The Official 2017 Spring/Summer Nebraska Travel Guide is now available to those looking to explore the state. This year the publication includes a 12-page insert dedicated to Nebraska’s 150th Birthday celebration, which will take place all year.

  • The Nebraska State Fair collected seven first place awards at the recent convention in Las Vegas of the International Association of Fairs and Expositions (IAFE).

  • You won’t need a secret password to get into Stuhr Museum’s “Pub Night” event, filled with games of chance, drinks that have stood the test of time and the greatest atmosphere in the area. The event runs from 6:00 – 9 p.m. on Friday, January 27th.

  • From the warmth of a stove in a beautiful, historic home to the live music carried on a cold wind outside the Rural Church, Christmas Past and Present at Stuhr Museum invokes all the best feelings of the holiday season. This year’s event will run December 3, 9, 10 & 11 with a “Member’s Only” night on Friday, December 2.

  • If you're not in the holiday spirit yet, join us at Stuhr for the "Holiday Preview" this Sunday from 1-4 pm. This laid back, fun afternoon is the perfect way to get your season started. During the Holiday Preview visitors can get into the spirit of the season with a first look at the "Fantasy of Trees" exhibit, shop for specials and see what the season has brought to the Prairie Treasures Gift Shop, enjoy holiday cider and treats and watch holiday cartoons with the kids. It all takes place in the newly refurbished Stuhr Building.

  • The lineup has been announced for the 10th Annual Heartland Hoops Classic, which will take place February 11, 2017. The event will once again include eight exciting high school basketball match-ups, including the headliner game of Papillion-La Vista vs. Sunrise Christian Academy, a nationally known team out of Wichita, KS.

  • The Indoor Football League (IFL) is proud to announce its 2017 regular season schedule. The 18-week, 80-game schedule kicks off on Thursday, February 16 and concludes on Saturday, June 17.

  • Nebraska’s tourism industry professionals honored their peers at the Celebrate Nebraska Awards Luncheon Thursday afternoon at the Gering Civic Center in Gering, Nebraska. The event capped the annual Nebraska Tourism Conference organized by the Nebraska Tourism Commission and hosted by the Gering Convention and Visitors Bureau. Congressman Adrian Smith of Gering and Nebraska Tourism Commission Chair Deb Loseke announced the following 2016 Nebraska Travel Industry Award winners.

  • A fun, spooky Haunted Field, ghost stories, treats galore and many more adventures await during Stuhr Museum’s annual “All Hallows Evening” October 14 & 15. The festivities run from 6-9 p.m. each night with the new “Haunted Field” opening at 7 p.m.

  • All aboard! The North Pole Express, Stuhr Museum's popular holiday event for kids age 4 and up, returns for six sessions on November 19 & 26. Sign up begins today and spots will up fast.

  • With the quickening pace of redevelopment of Grand Island’s downtown “Railside,” leaders in the district have invited the public to visit several new and completed buildings on a self-guided walking tour on Oct. 9.

  • Stuhr Museum is proud to once again be taking part in the annual “Museum Day” event sponsored by Smithsonian Magazine that allows subscribers a chance to visit the museum free of charge. This year’s “Museum Day” will take place from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. this Saturday, September 24.

  • The Nebraska State Fair and Vision Productions, Inc. presented the 12th Annual Galaxy of Stars® Talent Search two day competition at Fonner Park, the Semi-Finals on Saturday, September 3rd and the Finals on Sunday, September 4th. Since its beginning in 1993, the Galaxy of Stars® Talent Search has grown to be the biggest talent search in Nebraska, featuring singers, dancers, instrumentalists, variety acts and songwriters.

  • At a news conference this morning (Tuesday) The State Fair attendance was released seeing a 2.5% increase over last year with 361,107 visitors in 2016. Since 2010, The Nebraska State Fair has been visited by 2,345,429 fairgoers.

  • At a news conference this morning (Tuesday) the State Fair attendance was released after the first four days. This year’s attendance was 129,174, which is 7% higher than a year ago.

  • Drive a train simulator, be an astronaut or snap a selfie while tanking in the Wide Open Imagination Zone at the 2016 Nebraska State Fair.

  • Do you have a great image from Stuhr Museum like a photo of weather playing with the trees or an image that really captures the spirit of Railroad Town? Your time to shine is now, as Stuhr presents the fourth annual “Through The Visitor’s Eyes” photo exhibit and contest, running September 19 - November 11. We are now accepting photos for the exhibit.

  • Stuhr Museum is honored to be part of the 2016 Nebraska State Fair in Grand Island and we will be bringing games, exhibits and, of course, “CoJack” the License Plate Buffalo with us. The Nebraska State Fair runs Aug. 26 – Sept. 5 and we will be there all 11 days.

  • Organizations in and around Grand Island are working out details for Gem Over the Prairie, the local event featuring the August 21, 2017 total eclipse that will pass directly over the city. Partners include the Grand Island Convention and Visitors Bureau, Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer, Edgerton Explorit Center of Aurora, and the NASA Space Grant Program out of Omaha.

  • Wade Shows, the carnival midway provider for the Nebraska State Fair is bringing new rides this year to complement what many describe as an amusement park on wheels.

  • Stuhr Museum is proud to offer a slate of "Living History Classes" this fall, perfect for adults, children, families or anyone wanting to learn a historic trade from Railroad Town's interpretive staff.
    Classes offered include:

  • Two local breweries will premiere their beers to the public at the Aug. 20 Grand Island Liederkranz’ second annual Craft Brew & Sausage Fest. Grand Island’s Prairie Pride Brewery and Hastings’ First Street Brewing Co. will make their anticipated concoctions available for the public for the first time in Grand Island’s newly rechristened “Railside” downtown district.

  • The newly constructed Thompson Foods Open Air Arena in the East Entertainment Area is one of the highlights of the 2016 Nebraska State Fair. With a new grandstand which will seat 750 and premier lighting, events such as the Foundation Quarter Horse Show August 26 & 27, Appaloosa Show August 27 & 28, Reining Cow Horse Show August 29-31, Women’s and Men’s Ranch Rodeo September 2 & 3, Carriage Driving Show September 3 & 4, the Cowboy Mounted Shooters Competition September 2 and the High School Rodeo September 5 will be featured in this new modern arena.

  • Stuhr Museum is proud to welcome the Studio Art Quilt Associate's traveling exhibit "Architexture" to the Stuhr Building August 15 - September 29.

  • When The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra hits the stage of the Grand Island Liederkranz ballroom on Monday, Aug. 15, Nebraskans will have the unique opportunity to swing around the dance floor to the orchestra’s iconic Big Band sound.

  • The Nebraska State Fair Cares program has selected Compass from Kearney, Nebraska and SkillsUSA Nebraska of Lincoln as first and second place entries, respectively.

  • Grand Island native, Hannah Huston will be appearing at the Nebraska State Fair on Friday, September 2 in the Heartland Events Center. Tickets are $6 plus gate for reserved seats with her performance beginning at 7:30pm.
    State Fair events and entertainment director, Chelsey Jungck said, “We would simply not have been complete, without Hannah Huston gracing our stage. She captured the hearts of America and made all Nebraskan’s proud with her tenacious performance on NBC TV’s “The Voice.”

  • The Nebraska Rod and Custom Association and Stuhr Museum are proud to offer an afternoon of classic cars in a one of a kind setting during the “Afternoon in Railroad Town” car show from Noon - 4 p.m. Sunday, August 7.

  • The Bill Marshall Volleyball Classic at the Nebraska State Fair has filled and the tournament is set for August 26 and 27 at the Heartland Events Center.

  • Moonshell Arts and Humanities Council is bringing Jackie Allen to perform “on the green” at Stuhr Museum on Friday, July 29, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $20 each in advance, $25 at the gate/day of show.

  • Financial Services website, has ranked the Nebraska State Fair the 10th best in the nation.
    According to Nebraska State Fair executive director, Joseph McDermott, “We were surprised to learn of the ranking from someone outside the fair industry. They based their ranking on adult and youth admission prices, attendance, daily precipitation averages and the length of each state fair.”

  • For the third year in a row, Stuhr Museum has been awarded the “Certificate of Excellence” from, one of the web’s leading travel sites. The award is based on the quality of reviews and opinions earned over the past year. Over 90 percent of Stuhr Museum’s reviews on the site are “Above Average” or “Excellent" giving us an average star rating of over 4.5 stars.

  • Now in it’s seventh year, the Nebraska State Fair joins forces with the Grand Island Chamber of Commerce once again for the 2016 Hay Bale Decorating Contest.

  • Marla Calico, President and CEO of the International Association of Fairs and Expositions (IAFE) is scheduled to run in the State Fair Half Marathon presented by Pump and Pantry on Saturday, August 27, 2016.

  • ome celebrations are too good to wait for, which is why Stuhr Museum, the Edith Abbott Memorial Library and the Hall County Historical Society are celebrating Nebraska’s 150th birthday one year early during a weekend of activity July 8 & 9. During this weekend, all three institutions will be hosting a variety of programming aimed at celebrating the heritage and history of Central Nebraska in the lead up to the State’s Sesquicentennial in 2017.
    Best of all, events are all free and open to the public!

  • Before the night is lit by the rocket’s red glare, a great 4th of July starts at Stuhr Museum. Our “1890′s Independence Day Celebration” runs from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Monday, July 4th.

  • Charlie Puth, the multi-talented vocalist, musician, producer and songwriter will grace the stage on Sunday, September 4, at the Nebraska State Fair. Tickets are available at for $18 plus gate and fees.

  • There's nothing that says "summer" more than a Sunday afternoon at the "old fishing hole". Stuhr Museum aims to recreate this atmosphere, and have some old fashioned fun during our "Sunday Afternoon With Tom & Huck" fishing event on Sunday, June 26 from Noon - 4 p.m.

  • The Nebraska State Fair 1868 Foundation is making preparations to host its Twelfth annual Blue Ribbon Roll Out, Food & Fun-on-a-Stick. This year’s event, presented by Pizza Hut, is set for Saturday, August 13th at 6:30pm in the Heartland Events Center in Grand Island.

  • The Nebraska State Fair announces the Bill Marshall Volleyball Classic, to be held on Friday, August 26th and Saturday August 27 in the Heartland Events Center.

  • Statewide music-based nonprofit Hear Nebraska is excited to announce musical lineups for Hear Grand Island: a 10-week summer concert series in Grand Island, June 24-Aug. 26. Sponsored in part by Eagle Distributing, The Independent and The Grand Theatre, the "Hear GI" concert series features 20, original Nebraska musical acts performing free, all-ages, family friendly sets each Friday evening in the new Railside Plaza in downtown Grand Island.

  • Professional truck drivers working for Nebraska fleets have an extra

    incentive to spend every day on the road accident-free. Twelve months of a perfect

    driving record earns them a chance to compete in the Nebraska Truck Driving

    Championships. That translates into a weekend of friendly competition and prizes for

    them, and trucks sharing the road safely with you.

  • If you're looking for a meaningful, historic and fun way to celebrate Memorial Day, Stuhr Museum has what you're looking for. This year’s "1890's Memorial Day" will be on Monday, May 30th, runs from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and takes place primarily in our 1890’s Railroad Town.

  • Stuhr Museum is proud to be part of the Blue Star Museums program, which offers free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families Memorial Day through Labor Day.

  • Nothing shaped the state of Nebraska we know and love like the Railroad and Stuhr Museum's summer exhibit "Tracks Through Hall County" tackles the subject with artifacts, models, photos and more. The exhibit will be in the Stuhr Building and runs from May 14 - August 28.

  • Downtown Grand Island is a destination for great food and unique shops, and now live music joins the mix, with an exciting new summer concert series, that builds on the buzz in the Railside District.

  • Following the success of Keith Urban in 2015, The Nebraska State Fair is once again taking the “Sounds to the Grounds” on Friday, Saturday and Sunday of opening weekend. Thomas Rhett, Lady Antebellum and Train – Live, outside and on the grass.

  • Stuhr Museum’s summer season kicks off in a big way Saturday, May 7th with two great events for the entire family.

  • The 33rd annual National Travel and Tourism Week will take place next week, May 1-7. This yearly celebration unites communities each year to celebrate what travel means to American jobs, economic growth and personal well-being.

  • Stuhr Museum's summer season kicks off on Sunday, May 1 with our 1890's Railroad Town opening to the public! The year is 1896 and the folks in Railroad Town can't wait to show you around town, talk about their daily activities and bring the 1890s to life.