Nebraska State Fair tree-bomb competition opens statewide

Tree decorating competition expands to the rest of Nebraska
Published: Aug. 5, 2020 at 8:30 PM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - The Nebraska State Fair is opening their tree-bombing competition statewide. First they did it with local non-profits, and they were so pleased with the community’s engagement they decided to invite people from all over the state to join in on the fun.

“It was so successful and because the non-profits were so engaged in this activity, we thought why not open it to the whole state,” said Laura Hurley, the Sponsorship and Hospitality Director of the Nebraska State Fair. “This can be a fantastic way for everybody to have a piece of the state fair in their own hometown.”

Families, churches, non-profits and more can participate. Everyone is encouraged to decorate their trees however they want. Organizers suggest a fair theme, but it can be anything as long as it’s family-friendly. People can decorate with yarn, streamers, bottles or whatever goes with their design.

“It’s a great family activity or group activity,” said Hurley. “It taps into your inner artist, and it also leaves something behind for everybody to enjoy.”

Six winners will be chosen with the top tree designs, and each of them will receive a prize by September 30th. The awards will either be concert or meet and greet tickets for next year’s fair.

“The tree bombing allows people from all over the state to enter, and we’ve got some really fantastic prizes from our sponsors,” Hurley said.

The deadline to complete the statewide tree-bombing competition is August 31st. People can submit their pictures to Hurley’s e-mail at or by mail. You can send the photos to 501 E. Fonner Park Road #200, Grand Island, NE 68801.

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