GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska State Fair is opening in Grand Island for an 11-day run that is expected to draw hundreds of thousands of visitors.

The Grand Island Independent reports more than 350,000 people are expected to attend the fair that will continue through Sept. 3.

It will be the first fair led by Lori Cox, who was hired as director in January.

Because of soggy ground from recent heavy rain, officials have opted to move concerts planned for Friday and Saturday indoors.

It's the ninth year the fair has been held in Grand Island after the annual event was moved from Lincoln.

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Information from: The Grand Island Independent, http://www.theindependent.com