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Main Topic: Our State
Topic: Nebraska Industry

Speaker: Jim McKee


History of the Nebraska State Fair

Before Nebraska was even a state there was a Nebraska Territorial Fair, which was not only the first territory of the U. S. to have an official fair but it was the only territory to ever have a fair. This program shows the development of the Nebraska fair from territorial days through the Omaha-based 1898 Transmississippi Exposition which replaced the state fair that year and the various cities which hosted the event before its “permanent” move to Lincoln and ends as the state fair moved to Grand Island.


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