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We’re Open
& Operating Safely for our Community

  • We'd like to reassure you that we've been open since end of June. In fact, we're as busy as ever with rescheduled events from the spring and lots of new events enjoying our low-cost, large spaces. 
  • We're happy to support many new community events in addition to the 200 events already on our calendar each year including: blood drives, food distributions, election site and more nonprofit meetings/fundraisers.
  • We're operating with health department approved modification to ensure show visitors can feel as safe as possible in our big spaces indoors and outdoors such as: 
    • Increased cleaning protocols
    • Implemented daily health checks and face coverings for all LEC team members
    • Installed plexiglass, hand-sanitizer dispensers, sanitized tables/chairs signs, 6' physical distancing and other healthy practice reminders
    • Utilizing our outdoor spaces for new, fun events like Food Truck Rodeos and drive-in concerts
    • Working with show visitors to follow the latest local DHMs which currently include face coverings indoors
  • Need a large space at a reasonable cost for a nonprofit/service event? Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., our Lead Event Planner.
  • Curious on the impact your LEC fairgrounds when operating at full speed pre-COVID? LEC was on track to have biggest year in its 20-year history in 2020 with 40% growth–until COVID arrived. This growth was due to two international events scheduled to use our new grounds improvements in its first 45 days opening July and August. We're happy for our community that these events are already congtracted to return in July 2021 (NHSFR Lincoln) and August 2022 (FMCA International Convention & RV Rally.) 
  • Check out this fun LEC Impact Report mailer,sent to all county households in 2018, illustrating new UNL Economic Impact Study results to see LEC's annual impact supporting over 500 jobs and $1.3M in local taxes paid by out-of-county visitors at 100+ of LEC's regional/national events each year. 

Ready for Winter Tradeshow Season

  • LEC fairgrounds has already received approval from the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department for its winter trade show season operating plans. 
  • Of course, we'll continue to work closely all winter with local health authorities to operate safely under the latest health directives and guidelines for our big, indoor spaces.
  • As always, keep check back on our website for more information for each event posted as soon as available. Most larger shows will now have timed-entry tickets required to ensure all visitors can enter quickly and safely–these "timed-entry tickets" will be easy to get on our website for both free and paid shows. 
  • All annual trade shows, which you can think of as "pop-up stores", are planning to go forward at this point much like retailers around the community. 

 

Counting on Your Support
so YOUR Fairgrounds Can Be Here for You!

Part of the scenarios we are planning for is how to survive a mandatory shut down for a period as happened for 3.5 months in Spring 2020.  We were fortunate to receive $550K in federal COVID support funds (PPP, EIDL) to survive this initial shutdown with our few core, expert staff.  We hope to bring back the other 90% of staff that are part-time, on call as we are able to bring more events back.  Meanwhile we are running with minimal staff, have cut all costs and asked our shows to share in the increased COVID-operating costs.

Since we aren’t subsidized to stay open outside of fair time, we are working on building up a reserve fund to keep our few core, expert staff on during another zero revenue period so we can be ready to open for our community and getting back to the impact we’ve delivered for 20 years as soon as possible, including two new contracted international events in our new grounds improvements: NHSFR in July 2021 and the FMCA International RV Convention in August 2022.  Want to help out? 

Here’s what you can do:

  1. Email local officials and let them know what LEC impact you think is important to the community & you’d like them to find ways to leverage the $40-70M spend per year by out of county visitors to support LEC without raising taxes on locals.  HINT: Use specific examples, numbers when you can!
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    • Listen in here as Dale Johnson with KFOR gets the full scoop from our Managing Director, Amy Dickerson aired August 5th
  1. Email Congressional representatives and/or copy this list below of potential support bills for fairs and fairgrounds to let Congress know you support them as they continue to consider another round of fiscal stimulus packages this Fall 
    • List of Potential Support Bills:
      • Second round of PPP loans/grants
      • Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL)
      • Agricultural Fairs Rescue Act HR 7883
      • RESTART Act
      • Save our Stages Act
      • Consider infrastructure support funding
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    • Sasse
  1. Copy any emails you send to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so we can keep your support letter on file to use when needed.

  2. Become or refer an advertiser/sponsor at LEC during: 
    • summer at the Lancaster County Super Fair
    • year-round at LEC fairgrounds during the other 300 events 
    • in July 2021, during the NHSFR Lincoln

  3. Be a Donor – easiest, fastest way to show support of your 501(c)(3) non-profit fairgrounds
    • NEW – Text-to-donate: Send LANCASTER to 44-321
    • Most county fairgrounds receive $20-30 per citizen, but YOUR Lancaster Event Center fairgrounds only receives $1.20 per citizen, which only supports the fairgrounds being open each summer for the county fair.

    • If everyone in Lancaster County pitched in just $5, we could build a reserve fund to keep your fairgrounds' core, expert staff through the pandemic no matter what happens, and to be ready to get back to attracting ~$3M in out-of-county visitor dollars PER core team member (isn’t that an amazing number at $60M planned for 2020?) Then, we can really focus on being ready to "WOW" visitors to Lincoln's first NHSFR Lincoln in July 2021!

6. Be a Volunteer for Super Fair or NHSFR Lincoln

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July 30-Aug 2, 2020

Time for some family fun! Snap some photos of your farm animals, your family baking a cake together, 4-H/FFA entries and more so YOU can be entered to win a GIVEAWAY for FREE food & beverage at Lancaster Event Center!

 

How does it work? 

Step 1: Pick an item from our list 

Step 2: Snap a pic of the item or of you finding the item

Step 3: Share on your own social media

Step 4: Be sure to tag #SuperFairLNK so we can see what you find! 

 

Find 'em all or just a few! Each post with #SuperFairLNK gets one entry to win FREE food & beverage at your fairgrounds! The more posts, the more entries. Winner announced Monday, Aug 3. 

 

HINT: #14-#50 are local 4-H/FFA exhibits being shown online! Click here to find out where you can view each of these static, livesetock and horse exhibits to snap pics of! 

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Pavilion 1

Times: TBD

This is a discovery and play area where children can learn about various aspects of farming and food production. A variety of common farm animals will also be on display.