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Fair goers turn to State Fair campground for lodging
We all know the Nebraska State Fair is a big draw for residents of Nebraska, but it also brings in people from around the country.
This past weekend's record breaking antique tractor parade brought in people from as far away as Oregon and even Maine. But where do they all stay?
As News 5's Josh Egbert show us, a number of fair goers find refuge here at the park, in their RV's.
"Right now, we have a total of 131 electrical sites and then
the balance right now is primitive without electrical and
not a lot of rock," said Campground Host Roy Anderson.
For the past three years, State Fair officials have been working on the Fonner Park Camp grounds. A place to stay while checking out the action.
"We had 64 that came in Friday alone and we did most of that between 3:00 and 12:00 at night," said Anderson.
A lot of those staying in the park are vendors who work their operation during the day and relax in the RV or camper in the evening. The spots were also used a lot this past weekend.
"Everything in electric is full, but we had more primitive campers this past weekend because of the tractor parade," said Anderson.
There are over 130 camping spots available here at Fonner Park, all
of them will be used throughout the fair, in fact, some of them will
be used 2, 3, even 4 different times throughout the 11 days, and while a majority of these campers are from here in Nebraska there are quite a few that come from all over the country.
"We've had people all the way from Georgia, Mississippi, Kentucky,
Texas, Alabama," said Anderson.
Like Terry and Gary Phillips from Colorado, who are here visiting family during the State Fair. They used to stay at the only place they could find, Moron Island. That is until they found Fonner Park.
"A lot of the times it was all booked up and we couldn't get in there
when we come through so, this camp ground was really needed," said Gary.
And while campers like the amenities, like running water and electrical, they say the scenery can be improved on.
"I'm sure they will do that improving as time goes on," Terry said.
But one things for sure, they all say they'll be back.
"When we come back through here we'll be here again, it's a nice camp ground and I'm glad they put it in," said Gary.
"This is our third year, we consider it our family anymore, there's
a lot of people that come back every year and it's kind of
fun to see them," said Anderson.
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