Nebraska State Patrol Has a Little Fun at State Fair

Nebraska State Patrol Has a Little Fun at State Fair
Investigators with the Nebraska State Patrol inspect the carnival games at this year's 150th Nebraska State Fair.

GRAND ISLAND—There is fun for everyone at the 150th Nebraska State Fair and Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) investigators even had the chance to test their skills at the Wade Shows Carnival—but it was not all just fun and games when the fair began last week in Grand Island.

According to Sergeant Ryan Phinney, NSP investigators inspect the carnival games at the fair to make sure each game is winnable. Due to Nebraska not allowing gambling, games at the fair are required to be games of skill and not chance. Investigators examine the carnival area to verify that each game is legal.

“Part of the larger effort of the state patrol to ensure the safety of everyone who comes and enjoys the Nebraska State Fair. And the patrol has many facets that we undertake, this is just one,” Sergeant Phinney said.

NSP troopers have been at the fairgrounds all week providing security, hosting a booth, and ensuring that traffic flows smoothly, along with the help of local police and sheriff departments.

“This is just one small part that our investigators play in helping make sure that everybody has a fun, safe, enjoyable fair experience,” Sergeant Phinney added.

Labor Day weekend is a great time to enjoy the State Fair and patrons are encouraged to head out and enjoy the activities, events, food, livestock competitions, concerts and more.

Due to weather, all on grounds parking is closed.

Fair guests should use the off-site Fair Express Shuttles which are running continuously at Walmart South, ShopKo, Conestoga Mall (13th St & Webb road), Conestoga Mall (North of Sears), Sam’s Club, and Central Community College. Shuttles will start one hour before the Fair gates opening and finish at midnight. A shuttle will run beginning at 7 a.m. daily from Walmart South.

The Walmart South location continues to be very busy, especially during peak shuttle times. To avoid long wait times, Fair attendees are strongly encouraged to use one of the other shuttle locations.

The Bosselman north parking* lot off of Locust at Fonner Park is available for $10 per vehicle. Fees support the Overland Trails Council Boy Scouts of America. Tractor trams will transport attendees to the main fair entrance. This service will be available weekdays from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm and Labor Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

*Bosselman Inc. North lot only – must enter on Locust street.

The 150th “fairabration” continues until Monday, September 2.