Lancaster Event Center (LEC) fairgrounds is slowly adding shows back with limited capacity and working with each show to modify to be as safe as possible. In addition to basic COVID guidelines, like face coverings, 6' social distancing and hand washing, LEC has:

• built our own dispenser stands and placed hand sanitizer throughout buildings.

• hired extra cleaning staff and increased frequency of cleaning.

• installed plexiglass at contact interaction areas such as office and cafes.

• extra staff to assure DHMs are being followed.

 

WHAT WE ARE ASKING OF VISITORS:

1.  COVID Liability Waiver here - required for fair attendees and any LEC show attendees staying more than one day

2. Face coverings over nose/mouth will be required for all while indoors due to new Lincoln/Lancaster County Health directed health measure as of July 20 unless you fit in one of the exceptions outlined in the DHM here. Known common exceptions to wearing face coverings for the Super Fair will be:

a. you are mounted on a horse

b. leading a horse for a halter class while in a warmup or show horse arena only (doesn’t apply to livestock due to smaller ring size)

c.  you are seated and actively eating/drinking

d.  youth 4 and under or,

e.  you are in a set position for the show where 6’ distance can be maintained all day which will be limited show officials at this time. 

Show officials using a shared microphone over the course of the day will be asked to wear face coverings as well. 

Face coverings can be a simple bandana. Disposable masks will be available for $1 purchase at entry doors. 

Below are health rules signage you will see at the fairgrounds:

COVID Face Coverings Required Indoors                   COVID Ways You Can Help

 

BACKSTOP COVID FUNDING

We’d love to hear what you think as we look at multiple backstop funding options for your operationally unsubsidized fairgrounds, which is not funded to stay open year round outside of the annual Lancaster County fair.

The goal is to stay open with our core expert crew & keep up with critical maintenance on this $30 million asset built over the last 20 years by the community.

We hope to build a small backstop fund to help the fairgrounds survive any new health directives limiting gathering sizes in upcoming winter indoor event season as happened with no events allowed for 3 1/2 months this spring.

Listen in here as Dale Johnson with KFOR gets the full scoop from our Managing Director, Amy Dickerson aired August 5th

Here are the funding options we're looking at so far:

CAPITAL LEVY PROPOSAL

We recently asked the Lancaster County Board of Commissioners to consider a small property tax increase for a first-time-in-20-years capital levy to help us survive the pandemic. It’s a one-time-only ¾ cent tax on each county household.That’s around $25-$30 per household one time. Click the link below to see the full proposal submitted to the Lancaster County Board.

 

ADDED CONGRESS STIMULUS BILL PROPOSED

 

YOUR VOICE IS NEEDED

There was an editorial in the Lincoln Journal Star asking for input on the Capital Levy Proposal. Click here to read. Let them know the impact Lancaster Event Center fairgrounds has on you and our community by submitting a letter to the editor here.

If you are a Lancaster County citizen, the county commissioners have asked for input as well. Please let them know if you support a one-time 3/4 cent property tax to help the fairgrounds stay open during COVID. Best email for them is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (and be sure to copy us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..)

Email your Nebraska Senators: 

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We’d love to hear from you too at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Tell us how we impact you and our community.

 

OUR IMPACT

To see the full UNL Economic Impact Study for the core data or the full Impact Report Mailer sent to all of Lancaster County, click the green buttons below.

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You're behind the impact, reach and growth of the Lancaster Event Center at your Lancaster County Fairgrounds. With 69% of Lancaster County residents visiting every year and 82% loving what they see--this nationally-leading, multi-use facility we've built and are growing together over the last 18 years is something we can be proud of!

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The National High School Finals Rodeo will be held at the Lancaster Event Center in July 2020, 2021, 2026 & 2027. For more information on NHSFR Lincoln click here. 

Get Involved

Interested in being a sponsor, volunteer or trade show vendor? Click here to get involved today.     

Current event impact. LEC has grown every year since opening in 2001 to now host over 320 events for a 1/2 million visitors (see annual show attendance at a glance)!  The incremental economic impact of all the out-of-county visitors was recently measured by UNL in an economic impact report—read how LEC brings $40 million and over 500 jobs to the county each year!

New event impact. And LEC continues to grow its impact each year through existing event growth (such as Cornhusker Classic Quarter Horse show in June has nearly tripled in size over the last three years to become a top 10 show in the USA) as well as new events choosing LEC—see our latest news below about the NHSFR choosing Lincoln again as of January 2019!

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