Family tips for the Douglas County Fair
We know the summer is coming close to an end when the Douglas County Fair is in sight. It is a bittersweet combination of great joy and sadness co-mingling at our county fair.
The Douglas County Fair this year runs Tuesday, Aug. 7 through Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018. Great news for families this year is that every day is Kids Day — kids 12 and under get free admission to the fair every day thanks to our local Bi-Mart’s provision. Carnival wristbands will still have to be purchased for rides.
Boasting as “possibly the best county fair on earth” on their site, which we heartily agree with after making kids free, here is the Douglas County Fair’s best spot to find a lot of helpful information that gives more detailed information on times, cost and attractions: www.douglasfairgrounds.com/fair.
Tickets: Adults (13+) are $10; Children 6-12 are FREE; Week Pass $50. General admission to concerts is free with admission, but reserved seats are $30 except for Saturday’s event, which is $18.
Carnival Tickets: The Unlimited Ride Wristband is $27 for one day of unlimited rides, plus 2 free games until 10 p.m. The wristbands cost $40 after Aug. 7.
Hours: Main Gate: 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Carnival Gate: 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Carnival Rides: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. On Tuesday, rides open at noon.
Buildings: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Transportation: Fairgrounds parking is $8 per entry. Ride on the bus for free Wednesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. shuttling every half hour; 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. shuttling every 15 minutes; Saturday 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. shuttling every 15 minutes.
Bus parking locations: www.douglasfairgrounds.com/fair/transportation.html.
Concerts: On Tuesday, Aug. 7, the country rock group Nitty Gritty Dirt Band will play. Wednesday, Aug. 8, it’s Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo. Thursday, Aug. 9, country musician Gary Allan will perform. Friday, Aug. 10, Papa Roach will take another go. On Aug. 11, Saturday’s headliner will be the Christian rock band Kutless. All performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. except for the Saturday performance, which will begin at 7 p.m.
For mothers with babies, there is a breastfeeding booth located on the east side of Douglas Hall. The area is very spacious, private, and includes an area for pumping mothers as well.
The 51st Annual Diaper Derby is Tuesday, Aug. 7 at 6 p.m. This is a crawling competition for babies 13-months and younger. If you were a past contestant in the Diaper Derby and have a picture, you can bring it to the fairgrounds office and receive free admission for the week of fair. Pre-registration is required at www.douglasfairgrounds.com/fair/img/forms/diaper_derby.pdf.
Hungry bellies and thirsty mouths will be able to choose between some fried, finger-licking fair classics or some lighter, healthier options. Fair-goers can also forfeit the great food debate and pack their own. Outside food is allowed into the fairgrounds in addition to sealed, non-alcoholic drinks. Regarding the grub inside the gate, most meals average between $7 and $10.
Most food stands accept credit and debit cards, however, there are ATMs on site as well.
We sure hope this info helps provide extra family fun and support, as we enter into a great portion of summer life in Douglas County!