Nebraska State Fair 1868 Foundation To Host Annual Blue Ribbon Roll Out

Grand Island, NE – 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.

Guests will enjoy an evening filled with fabulous fair food and live entertainment all the while raising proceeds to benefit the Nebraska State Fair 1868 Foundation whose mission is to raise private funds and resources for improvements for the State Fair. 

“From cotton candy to corndogs, hot beef sundaes to fudge nut sundaes, there will certainly be something for everyone to enjoy,” said Lindsey Koepke, executive director. 

Attendees will also have a chance to bid on live and silent auction items showcasing the upcoming state fair: Auction items include VIP Passes to each of the State Fair concerts, unlimited midway rides and the second annual, Collector’s Edition State Fair Rifle.

“The Blue Ribbon Roll Out gives our guests the opportunity to get a firsthand look at what they will see and experience at the upcoming state fair,” said Jim Reed, Chairman of the Blue Ribbon Roll Out Committee. “And since the state fair is a true statewide celebration of its people and commerce, we also like to feature items that are distinctly Nebraskan,” said Koepke.

“In addition to our traditional fundraising efforts, this one of a kind event also generates much-needed funds for renovations and improvements for the state fair. It gives folks from all across the state another opportunity to get involved and show they really do care for the future of their state fair,” said Koepke.

The 1868 Foundation’s current fundraising efforts are directed toward the renovation of the Open Air Equine Arena located at Fonner Park and used heavily by the state fair. “Renovation of the outdoor arena is a top priority. As the fair continues to grow – and it will – we must make sure we can continue to provide amenities and facilities to our guests that are nothing short of superior.”

Tickets to this year’s event will go on sale in July. To find out how you can get involved by featuring an auction package or sponsoring the Twelfth annual Blue Ribbon Roll Out, please visit HYPERLINK ""