Carnival and Talent Festival

An new annual tradition after the Super Fair! Come out to support 4-H/FFA use of fairground and two 4-H/FFA $500 scholarships!! The Super Fair may end Aug 5th, but the Heart of America Shows Carnival will remain up through Aug 11th as a fair fundraiser. Vision Productions, Inc will bring local & statewide talent and bands to the festival stage while performers and jugglers entertain the carnival.

A benefit for: 

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Sponsored by:

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Aug 6 – 11, 2018

Monday - Thursday, 6–11pm
Friday - Saturday, 5–11pm (please note that we will open at 5pm this weekend due to predicted high temperatures)

Multi-Purpose Arena - Daily Entertainment

The MPA will be open just behind the carnival with fun for all ages, including nightly live entertainment (see Talent Festival below) starting Tuesday, plus these attractions:


Stage of Stars 

Direct any questions about the Lancaster County Talent Search or the Galaxy of Stars® Battle of the Bands to:

Wynne Adams
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Nightly live entertainment starts Tuesday on our Stage of Stars! Enter your talents in the Lancaster County Talent Search or compete in the Galaxy of Stars® Battle of the Bands and rock out! With over $1300 in cash prizes and talent search winners have the chance to advance to the Nebraska State Fair, you don’t want to miss out. Its five days packed with live music, competitions (pre-registration required), and performances from local Nebraska stars!

Tues, Aug 7 & Wed, Aug 8


Lancaster County Talent Search

7pm nightly

  • Open to singers, dancers, instrumentalists, and variety acts of all ages!

  • Six winners will advance to the Galaxy of Stars® Talent Search Semi-Finals at the Nebraska State Fair to compete for $9000 in prizes, cash, & a Nashville recording session.

  • Total purse: $800; $100 to top Lancaster 4H/FFA contestant

  • More information and how to pre-register (required) here


Carmalita de la Guardia

Tuesday, Aug 7
10 – 10:30pm

  • Carmelita de la Guardia has a masterful command of the keyboard that she gained being classically trained starting at age seven. She pulls all the emotion and energy out of her magnificent composition.


Open Lancaster County Barrel Race hosted by Capital City Horse & Pony Club

Wed, Aug 8

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Thurs, Aug 9


Galaxy of Stars® Battle of the Bands




Classic Rock & Blues
10 – 11pm

  • This power trio is fueled by Howard Mahan’s attention-demanding guitar style, Tim King’s booming bass lines, and Landon Livingston’s virtuosic percussion abilities. Each is a strong vocalist in their own right, and the blending of vocal styles in this group ensures that everyone in an audience will hear something with which they connect


Fri, Aug 10


American Strong Tribute Concert with Justin Kane

7pm – 8:30pm

  • Honoring our Veterans, U.S. Armed Forces & their families, featuring Justin Kane—Nebraska Veteran, 2013 Galaxy of Stars® Mega Star & Nashville recording artist— with special guests.


Live Band: Red Line Velocity

9pm – 11pm
Modern & Classic Rock

  • Derived from the blue-collar existence of North Central Kansas emerges the power rock trio, Red Line Velocity-Tommy Watt, Grant Lambert & Gary Lebarge. Influenced heavily by classic and modern rock, Red Line Velocity harkens back to the days of exciting, fun, live music!


Sat, Aug 11


Be a Star Social Media Studio


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Evening with the Stars


  • Meet & Greet the Stars

  • Includes your current Mrs. Nebraska, Anna Peters, alongside many other stars!


  • Special entertainment & recognition of Lancaster County Stars including 4-H/FFA Super Fair champions, Lancaster County Talent Search, & Galaxy of Stars® Battle of the Bands winners.


  • Galaxy of Stars® Spectacular featuring past Galaxy of Stars® Talent Search Mega Stars, State Finalists, Regional Winners & Lancaster County’s own Talent Search winners.


Click here for more information on the Stage of Stars and how to apply!


Heart of America Shows Carnival & Midway

Ticket Info

Save time and money--Carnival wristband pre-sales through Aug 1 at Lancaster Event Center office, M-F 8-4 or save gas too and click the link below to buy online!



SUPER MONDAY Wristband Special (MOVED TO WEDNESDAY, wristbands purchased for Monday can be used on Wednesday)

Mon, Aug 6 (Wed, Aug 8)

Save $5 off at-carnival price — one day only!!
Buy wristband for $20 at carnival until 10pm day of or save time in line at through Aug 6

WEEKDAY SESSION (evening only)

Tues, Aug 7 – Thu, Aug 9

Buy wristband for $25 at carnival until 10pm day of
Buy before fair for $20 at through Aug 1

WEEKEND MEGA SESSION (use all day & night):

Fri, Aug 10–Sat, Aug 11
5pm–11pm (please note that we will open at 5pm this weekend due to predicted high temperatures)

Buy wristband for $30 at carnival until 10pm day of
Buy before fair for $25 at through Aug 1

Carnival Attractions



Radio Remotes

KX 96.9
Wed, Aug 8

106.3 KFRX
Thurs, Aug 9

Lincoln's Hit Music 106-3 KFRX thanks their listeners with 1 Hour 6 Minutes of FREE RIDES this Thursday 8/9 5:00 pm - 6:06 pm at Lancaster Carnival &Talent Festival - The Fun Continues!

106.3 KFRX
Fri, Aug 10

104.1 The Blaze
Sat, Aug 11


Crazy Boy Coy: Juggling

Thurs, Aug 9 – Sat, Aug 11
Mini-Shows 6–10pm 
Juggling Show 9pm

 Crazy Boy juggles and makes people laugh (not necessarily in that order). He's a professional idiot who loves entertaining audiences with his outrageous feats of balance and coordination, and telling jokes while doing them!

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Quixotic Cirque Nouveau

Fri, Aug 10 & Sat, Aug 11 
Contortion show at 6pm & 8pm

The Lancaster county Carnival & Talent Festival is proud to welcome a stilt dancer and contortionist from the Quixotic Cirque Nouvou, an innovative performance art collective that fuses imagination with technology, dance, projection mapping and live music to creat fully-immersive, multi-sensory experiences.

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Special K'z the Clown

Fri, Aug 10 & Sat, Aug 11 
7pm Bubble Show

Special K'z the Clown is an experienced entertainer. She provides clowney entertainment with funny gags & walkarounds, and musical entertainment with her autoharp, stumpf fiddle, and other assorted instruments. She is also an accomplished bubblier and balloon twister, offering a wide variety of balloon constructions and bubble tricks!

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DJ Rob Powers

Thurs, Aug 9 – Sat, Aug 11 

Playing nothing but the hits! DJ Powers will get the party started and keep the fun rolling!

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Enter raffle at the Horseshow Cafe to win over $2,000 in prizes including and iPAD, a Husker print, tickets to Nebraska State FAir, and LEC food/beverage certificates!



$5 per car per day
Enter Gate 1 off 84th Street for closest parking