GRAND ISLAND — As part of the 150th Fairabration, state residents are encouraged to show off their Nebraska pride by decorating their lawns to celebrate 150 years of the Nebraska State Fair. The Fairabration Outdoor Lawn Exhibit Contest is open to any resident or business in the state.

“It’s time to show your community what the fair means to you,” said Jaime Parr, Chief of Sales and Service for Nebraska State Fair. “The contest is an opportunity for residents and business owners to have fun and be creative as we celebrate our 150th year. We know Nebraskans are passionate about the Fair, and we are excited to see these outdoor lawn exhibits come to life.”

Residents can submit their photo entries Monday through Aug. 11 at Judging will take place the week of Aug. 12 and will be based on eye appeal, construction, use of materials and creativity. Prizes will be given for first, second and third place. The public will determine the winning People’s Choice entry by online voting the week of Aug. 19. Photographs of the winners will be displayed at the Fair, Aug. 23 through Sept. 2.

Lawn exhibits should include the dates of the Fair, Aug. 23 through Sept. 2. All exhibits must be:

» Rain and wind tolerant.

» Built to last.

» Remain at your location through the end of the Fair.

The Fairabration Outdoor Lawn Exhibit Contest replaces the hay bale contest this year. Hay bales are needed to help those impacted by the spring and summer flooding.

Important Dates

» Aug. 5-11: Photo entries accepted via The entry deadline is Sunday, Aug. 11 at 5 p.m. CST.

» Aug. 12 -18: State Fair photo judging.

» Aug. 19-22: People’s Choice Award judging opens online.

» Aug. 23-Sept. 2: Winners displayed at the fair.

Contest rules and guidelines can be found at

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