Carnival and Talent Festival

An new annual tradition after the Super Fair! Come out to support 4-H/FFA use of fairground and two 4-H/FFA $500 scholarships!! The Super Fair may end Aug 5th, but the Heart of America Shows Carnival will remain up through Aug 11th as a fair fundraiser. The Galaxy of Stars® Talent Search will bring local talent and bands to the festival stage while performers and jugglers entertain the carnival.

A benefit for: 

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Sponsored by:

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Aug 6 – 11, 2018

Monday - Thursday, 6–11pm
Friday - Saturday, 1–11pm

Multi-Purpose Arena - Daily Entertainment

The MPA will be open just behind the carnival with fun for all ages, including nightly live entertainment (see Talent Festival below) starting Tuesday, plus these attractions:

Stage of Stars 

Direct any questions about Galaxy of Stars® Talent Search (Aug 7-11) to:

Wynne Adams
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Get ready for live entertainment nightly starting Tuesday on our Stage of Stars! And if you’d like to be on stage performing, we will be looking for new stars in Lancaster County and Nebraska with over $1300 in cash prizes over the week plus chances to advance to Nebraska State Fair and/or a Nashville recording session. You’ll also get the chance to meet and enjoy the talents of recently-crowned champions from our own Lancaster County Super Fair and other local and Nebraska stars! (Pre-registration required to compete in talent contests—see below.)

Tues, Aug 7 & Wed, Aug 8


Lancaster County Talent Search

7pm nightly

  • With $800 total in cash prizes, the Lancaster County Talent Search (Aug 7 & 8) is open to singers, dancers, instrumentalists, and a variety of other talents. Six winners will qualify to advance to the Nebraska State Fair.

  • Official preliminary to the Galaxy of Stars® Talent Search. $300 in cash prizes nightly plus $100 to top Lancaster 4-H/FFA contestant. Winners advance to State Fair to compete for $9,000 in prizes & a Nashville recording session.

  • More info on Lancaster County Talent Search and how to apply!


Thurs, Aug 9


Galaxy of Stars® Battle of the Bands



Fri, Aug 10


American Strong Tribute Concert with Justin Kane

7pm – 8:30pm

  • Honoring our Veterans, U.S. Armed Forces & their families, featuring Justin Kane--Nebraska Veteran, 2013 Galaxy of Stars® Mega Star & Nashville recording artist-- with special guests.


Live Band: Red Line Velocity

9pm – 11pm
Modern & Classic Rock

  • Derived from the blue-collar existence of North Central Kansas emerges the power rock trio, Red Line Velocity. Influenced heavily by classic and modern rock, Red Line Velocity harkens back to the days of exciting, fun, live music! If one would ask the members of the band what type of music it is they play, they would simply answer, “Music we truly love.”


Sat, Aug 11


Be a Star Social Media Studio


  • Create your social media promotional package or electronic press kit. Get a star makeover with professional photo & performance video shoot & more.

   be a star

Evening with the Stars


  • Meet & Greet the Stars


  • Special entertainment & recognition of Lancaster County Stars including 4-H/FFA Super Fair champions, Lancaster County Talent Search, & Galaxy of Stars® Battle of the Bands winners.


  • Galaxy of Stars® Spectacular featuring past Galaxy of Stars® Talent Search Mega Stars, State Finalists, Regional Winners & Lancaster County’s own Talent Search winners.


Click here for more information on the Lancaster County Talent Search and how to apply!


Heart of America Shows Carnival & Midway

SUPER MONDAY Wristband Special

Mon, Aug 6

Save $5 off at-carnival price — one day only!!
Buy wristband for $20 at carnival until 10pm day of or save time in line at through Aug 6

WEEKDAY SESSION (evening only)

Tues, Aug 7 – Thu, Aug 9

Buy wristband for $25 at carnival until 10pm day of
Buy before fair for $20 at through Aug 1

WEEKEND MEGA SESSION (use all day & night):

Fri, Aug 10–Sat, Aug 11

Buy wristband for $30 at carnival until 10pm day of
Buy before fair for $25 at through Aug 1

Ticket Info

Save time and money--Carnival wristband pre-sales through Aug 1 at Lancaster Event Center office, M-F 8-4 or save gas too and click the link below to buy online!



MPA Daily Entrance Ticket

Comes with chance to enter free raffle to win tickets to Nebraska State Fair, an iPad, and other prizes from our sponsors!

    $2 Admission (13 years old & up)

    $1 Child (5-12 years old)

    FREE (4 years old & under)

Comes with re-entry privileges for same day so you can enjoy the carnival, just get your hand stamped before you leave the MPA.


$5 per car per day
Enter Gate 1 off 84th Street for closest parking