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A look at the work behind booking State Fair acts
One of the things that attract people to the Nebraska State Fair is the acts - from big stars to up and comers. And it's not just the concerts.
Dozens of shows are put on all across the fair grounds on any given day.
It takes some time to get all these acts booked.
In fact, as soon as the 2012 fair is over, work begins pretty quickly to fill the 2013 entertainment line up.
And it's not just acts like The Fray or Billy Currington who are set to preform, but it's all acts like the lions and the Nerveless Nocks.
'It is a long process," said Event and Entertainment Coordinator Chelsey Jungck.
They are the events that draw thousands of people to the Nebraska State Fair. From the concerts to the side acts, there are shows for all ages.
'We always try and have a good variety of acts, something that appeals to everybody, both from age and then in genres of music," Yungck said.
Booking those acts takes time as well.
"It's a long process, we take a few months right after a state fair to kind of wrap up that state fair and then we make a turn toward the next state fair," Jungck said.
And while that process is long, so is the process of deciding what kind of acts to bring in.
"We begin our planning right away this fall in looking for acts, looking for national acts to bring in, looking for strolling acts to bring in," said Jungck.
Finding artists to come to the State Fair can also be a daunting task. They have to make sure the artist is touring that year and that they're going to be in the area at the time of the State Fair.
Concert goers this year have enjoyed the sounds of The Charlie Daniels Band, Marty Stuart and just Wednesday, The Gatlin Brothers. The Fray and The Steve Miller Band are still to come.
But where do organizers find acts like The Bengal Tiger Encounter or The Nerveless Nocks Thrill Show?
"There's agencies that represent some of the grounds attractions and the strolling attractions. We attend a fair conference every year at the end of November and that gives us an opportunity to kind of shop around at whats new and what's available," said Jungck.
With the Nebraska State Fair getting bigger and better each year, it's anyones guess on who they'll get for 2013.
"It does spread between artists, I think they do hear about our great fair," said Jungck.
Besides those concerts, you may see the Living Vines, the living statues, or Jen's favorite the Showboat roaming around Fonner Park.
Also over at the family fun zone, along with the tigers, there are the Wolves of the World and Sandscapes. We'll show you a time lapse and the final sand sculpture on Friday.
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