Nebraska State Fair to manage Aksarben Stock Show

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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - "We felt really strongly that this brand merge between the two...has the opportunity to showcase one another's best interest," said Lori Cox, the executive director of the Nebraska Sate Fair.

The goal is to get people who come to the state fair also interested in the Aksarben Stock Show and vice versa.

"With nine thousand critters coming in entry throughout the 11 days, there's an overlap of all sorts of exhibitors who would go into Aksarben in the future. That's good for both shows," said Cox.

Not only does having the state fair manage the Aksarben Stock Show create long-term success, it also allows for the show to grow.

"Expanded the market swine show into having pure-bred barrels along with the cross-bred barrels," said Aksarben Stock Show Director Gregg Harder.

Same goes for the sheep categories.

"We added a couple of classes, as far as the white-faced, black-faced and the white breed influenced divisions, and also increased the number of animals a person can bring in," said Harder.

You can expect to see the stock show September 28th through the 30th.

Workers with both groups say the ultimate goal is to support the youth who take part in the stock show and bring people to the area.