Nebraska State Fair (Images of America Series)

Nebraska State Fair (Images of America Series)

by Mary L. Maas
     
 

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The Nebraska State Fair commenced in Nebraska City in 1859, long before Nebraska became a state. Agriculture was recognized as the prime industry in the region, and the promotion of land and products was a driving influence for developing an exposition to put Nebraska on display. In 1901, the state legislature passed a bill declaring Lincoln as the official…  See more details below

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The Nebraska State Fair commenced in Nebraska City in 1859, long before Nebraska became a state. Agriculture was recognized as the prime industry in the region, and the promotion of land and products was a driving influence for developing an exposition to put Nebraska on display. In 1901, the state legislature passed a bill declaring Lincoln as the official permanent site for the annual event. In the fair's 140-year history, Lincoln held 108 Nebraska State Fairs. The event was cancelled twice--in deference to the Trans-Mississippi Exposition, a world's fair held in Omaha in 1898, and when the government suspended all fair events in 1945 due to World War II. The fair offers food, entertainment, exhibits, and competitions for visitors of all ages and interests. Each year, there are bigger and better shows, midways, and performers to entice new crowds and to draw those who attend year after year. The history is preserved in precious photographs and memorabilia. Though the fair bids a sad farewell to Lincoln, new memories await as it moves to the centrally located community of Grand Island for its grand opening in late August 2010.

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Title: New Book Celebrates the History of the Nebraska State Fair

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

Date: 6/27/2011

Nebraska State Fair, a new pictorial history book detailing the history of the Nebraska State Fair through vintage photographs, will be published June 27.

A portion of the proceeds from the book sales will go toward the 1868 Nebraska State Fair Foundation, whose mission is to raise funds for the overall improvement of the Nebraska State Fair.

The book, written by local historian and author Mary L. Maas, includes more than 200 vintage images and captions to give readers who have experienced the fair a nostalgic walk down memory lane.

"I wanted the photographs to give a bird's eye view of how the fair tasted, smelled, and the wonders that filled everyone's eyes and ears as they walked through the animal barns, sat in the grandstand seats, wandered the exhibition halls, and sauntered along the rows of the vendors," says Maas.

Nebraska State Fair will be available June 27, 2011 at area bookstores, independent retailers, online retailers, and through Arcadia Publishing at (888) 313-2665 or www.arcadiapublishing.com.

It will be available for purchase at the Nebraska State Fair in Grand Island, Nebraska August 26-September 5.

Arcadia Publishing is the leading publisher of local and regional history in the United States. Our mission is to make history accessible and meaningful through the publication of books on the heritage of America's people and places. Have we done a book on your town? Visit www.arcadiapublishing.com.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780738583273
Publisher:
Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date:
06/27/2011
Series:
Images of America Series
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
930,286
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author


Author Mary L. Maas is a lifelong native of Stanton, Nebraska. She is a member of local and state historical societies, and the preservation of history is one of her major interests.

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