State Fair has specialty concert to celebrate veterans

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - The Nebraska State Fair is trying something new this year to honor our veterans.

The fair announced three specialty concerts on Sunday. One is for Older Nebraskans Day, one for their Christian concert and the last is a new one to celebrate veterans.

Trace Adkins, a famous country singer, will be performing at the fair on Labor Day.

For the first time, the concert will tie into the fair's Veteran's Day celebrations, which includes a parade and special program.

"It just seemed like a good fit," said Chelsey Jungck, chief of events & entertainment with the Nebraska State Fair. "We were looking for a larger expansion on our veteran's day, a larger celebration. With our new concert platform having a show each day of the fair each year, it just seemed like a great fit."

Adkins is known for his passion and support of veterans. He's involved with the Wounded Warrior Project, which is a non-profit veterans service organization.

Jungck said the fair has hosted a Veteran's Day celebration for many year, but this is the first time in the fair's history they're having a concert that'll tie into those events.

"That too has been a historical event at the state fair, but to land an artist that is supportive of that audience and advocates for our veterans on our veterans day is a good marriage of the two," Jungck.

The Drifters, Cornell Gunther’s Coasters, and the Platters will perform for Older Nebraskan's Day at 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 26.

Zach Williams will perform for the Christian concert at 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29.

All specialty tickets cost $10 and include general admission.

Specialty concerts aren't included in the State Fair’s new bundle concert series.

You can buy specialty tickets beginning this Friday at the State Fair's new box office in the Nebraska Building or at https://www.statefair.org.