Petition filed to repeal law moving N...

Petition filed to repeal law moving Nebraska state Fair

There are 12 comments on the KRVN-AM Lexington story from Jun 2, 2008, titled Petition filed to repeal law moving Nebraska state Fair. In it, KRVN-AM Lexington reports that:

A referendum petition to repeal a new state law authorizing the move was filed Monday with the Secretary of State's office.

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Joyce Woodbury

Chicago, IL

#1 Jun 3, 2008
I would sign a petition in favor of leaving the state fair in Lincoln. It doesn't make any sense to move it to Grand Island.
Atley Wedemeyer

Omaha, NE

#2 Jun 3, 2008
Great idea. The legislature voted to move the State Fair for the wrong reasons. Especially the Governor was doing it for political reasons. They had the advice of a consultant to keep the fair within 30 miles of a population base of 300,000 but they ignored it. It was a case of out state senators banning together to get somethin for out state and the Omaha-Lincoln senators giving them what they wanted because they didn't value the State Fair - didn't think it was worth fighting over. What a mistake! It will be nothing but a glorified County Fair in Grand Island. They won't be able to afford it.

“Prevention & Resources”

Since: Jul 07

Papillion, NE

#3 Jun 9, 2008
I think it would be a great loss to move the State Fair away from our State's capitol city, Lincoln.

1. People are used to attending there...with gas prices rising, they are not going to want to venture farther and so many Omahans go to this fair every year. It is more cost effective to keep it in Lincoln, NE. For those traveling in from western Nebraska, could special buses be set up or gas cards to reimburse them for extra mileage?

2. Vendors know where to set up and how to find everything. We ask much of these people who go to great expense to come here each year; do not make it harder on them!

3. The students in the 4-H competitions and their schools have full understanding of how to handle everything in Lincoln, NE. It will cost a lot to reorient them to another city.

4. we have to rip everything away from our State? It is tough enough that the Rosenblatt Stadium for the College World Series is being taken away and talk about demolishing it just adds insult to injury. Do we really need to take "our" State Fair location away, also?

I tend to agree with the other writer that Grand Island cannot support having the State Fair there.

Or is that the scale it down in size for economic reasons?

United States

#4 Jun 16, 2008
I'm from hastings and they said that if the state fair moves to grand island it would benefits the surounding area but but its not going to benefits any other towns except grand island. But who would like to go to a town that has a water plaque problem.. Tradition is a tradition and i would rather drive an hour to lincoln and go to the state fair then drive 30 mins to go to grand island
bill from Lincoln

Columbus, NE

#5 Jun 21, 2008
The State Fair should not be moved.

Its a sad day for all Nebraskans when our elected officials and the large gorilla(unl) try to pull something like this off in front of the voters eyes...To bad we can't get rid of the Gomer in the Governors Mansion for crap like this...

First of all the State Fair belongs to all Nebraskans, and a change of this magnitude should be voted on by the people..

As for the Gorilla wanting to create a technology park with all these hi-tech jobs..They already have a one..

Maybe they don't remember..The area is marked by some big signs that say Technology Park..

Its located in Lincoln between Superior Street and NW 12th Street just south of Highlands Blvd,and the number of available acres is about three times the size of the State Fair Grounds..I'd like to hear a response from the Gorilla about this..

This idea from the Gorilla is not new..As in many instances Lincoln is trying to again copy what has been done in Omaha.

The Omaha Gorilla(UNO) created a campus like this one some twenty years ago...The land was the home of Aksarben, the sixth largest thoughbred racing facility in the country. They moved in, created the campus and broke the back of the Nebraska Horse Racing Industry. An industry, that at the time was a 300 million dollar a year industry for the state.

That Omaha Technology Park is now going out of business, and have a bunch of vacant buildings, as First Data is moving all these great paying hi-tech jobs outside the United States..If Omaha can't sustain the high-tech jobs how does Gorilla #2 in Lincoln expect to sustain them..Again, nobody is talking about this issue.

Those of us who are paying attention see that the Gorilla has know plan..They just want to be the Gorilla..

Besides losing the State Fair, The city of Lincoln and the State would be losing a tradition that is priceless. After watching Steve Petersen and Coach
Bill pee all over the same kind of tradition for the last five years, you'd think the Gorilla and Gomer would understand you can't mess with the tradition..

Enough Said...


Lincoln, NE

#6 Jun 23, 2008
Can you tell us where we can find the petition to sign?

Rockwall, TX

#7 Jun 24, 2008
Buffoons. Use your unlimited wealth and build a new fair facility next to your new ballpark!!!!!

Let's create unmanageable gridlock in downtown Omyhaw.
A friend of the fair

Lincoln, NE

#8 Jun 30, 2008
Folks, the option of keeping the State Fair at its current site is not available regardless of the petition. The Fair can't afford it. It's looking at $30 million of deferred maintenance. Even after the lottery proceeds, it has about $500,000 a year to invest. That's 60 years! And while its attendance has increased since the lottery proceeds let it fix some of the visible spaces, the revenue from attendance has declined each year. Grand Island is now its only chance of survival

Omaha, NE

#9 Jul 7, 2008
Obbop wrote:
Buffoons. Use your unlimited wealth and build a new fair facility next to your new ballpark!!!!!
Let's create unmanageable gridlock in downtown Omyhaw.
More fodder from a mental eunuch.

Lincoln, NE

#10 Sep 2, 2008
The NE state fair is THE NE FAIR. NOT where the old legislators want to move it fair. LET THE PEOPLE DECIDE.
Some from 'greater', less populated NE may feel left out but the people that PAY to go to the BIG fair reside in the populated areas of the state. Check for NE population. This website does not even show population west of Lancaster Co. The displayers WANT to go to the city to show off their acheivements of their local Co. Granted the location now c/should better serve UNL but now again what about UNK & smaller UNO? Who cries for them for a BIG research facility? Research or whatever Business does NOT need be near UNL population but the fair does. Population pays for EVERYTHING at the fair, admittion to events, the vender's services, the quality of acts... Do you suppose big name acts will fly into OMA then drive to GIs for their performance then drive back to OMA to fly to their next show? They will not spend the night in GI because most BIG acts will have a show the next day. Moving the state fair is VERY costly also. From money to planning hours this ALL costs ALOT of people. Read the Aug.28 Journal star Sec.B, about ALL the people invouled that need change their lives to accomadate this move, the planners of dates, the fish display, the bands, the vendors that bring the root beer, funnel cakes, stuff on a stick, etc...This is amazing our legislture can't see what a difficult thing this is to do for a short term new location. The NE state fair will NOT survive without people from populated areas spending money to participate in it. And just when the fair was moving from red into profit, this hits the fan. Let the people decide, wake your legislator! If UNL wants the land so much, move the fair but keep it close to the people. Wahoo is close to Lincoln, Omaha, Fremont, Columbus, Norfolk...Plus it has a great name, WAHOO!
Really we need to keep the fair near the people.

Lincoln, NE

#11 Sep 2, 2008
Omahans at this years NE fair stated they would rather go to IA state fair than GI. IA is just getting better than NE all the time. Lower taxes dues our NE revunue spent there. NE gets NO IA tax benefits. NE might as well turn to dust if we do not WAKE UP !

“Tin Foil Hat applied to lower ”

Since: Jul 08


#12 Sep 2, 2008
Tell you one thing, it is a far cry for my family and myself to gang up in the car and drive from one end of the state to the other for a fair, so they just lost our yearly attendance and financial support. Would cost too much time and fuel to get there for a daily event. or even to stay over a night would be outside the limits for us as a family to enjoy the fair.

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