GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - The Nebraska State Fair has closed all ground parking due to weather on Saturday. The Nebraska State Fair parade scheduled for Saturday at 1:30 p.m. has been canceled due to weather. All indoor events are taking place as scheduled.
Fair guests will have to use off-site Fair Express Shuttles for the remainder of the fair which are running continuously at:
-Conestoga Mall, 2 Pick Ups: 13th Ave. & Webb Rd. and North of Sears
-Shopko: 2208 N Webb Rd.
-Sam's Club: 1510 N Diers Ave.
-Central Community College: 3134 Hwy 34
-Walmart South: 3501 S. Locust Street
The Walmart south location is seeing a high volume of people and there are longer waits and less parking available. Fair officials urge people to shuttle from those other locations.
Shuttles will start one hour before the Fair gates opening and finish at midnight. Shuttles are provided by Holiday Express and are air conditioned.
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. This service will be available weekdays from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Saturdays / Sundays from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Labor Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The fairgrounds have also seen other issues related to the heavy rain in Grand Island.
"It's not just paving it's storm water drainage. So this water doesn't have anywhere to go and we tend to be a low spot here so it's not just the paving we have here on the ground which is also a problem for our barns. We've got water in the swine barn, we've got water in the 4-H barn," Fair Executive Director Lori Cox said.
The fairgrounds do not have a good drainage system leaving there nowhere for the storm water to go. They are looking at what to do for next year in hopes to avoid this issue.
For updates, go to statefair.org.