For Immediate Release: 1/14/21
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FAIRGROUNDS REOPENING AND READY TO LET THE GOOD TIMES GROW
After almost 6 months of closure to public events since the pandemic started, Lancaster Event Center (LEC) Fairgrounds is given the all-clear to reopen with health modifications approved by Lincoln/Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD.)
“Before we closed all shows except ongoing pandemic services again in November, we were already holding shows since June with health department approved modifications. We’ve really appreciated our partnership with our health department to run dozens of public shows from June to November with no documented spread of COVID-19,” said Amy Dickerson, managing director of LEC Fairgrounds, “The Fairgrounds team is really looking forward to welcoming everyone back to their largest community center.”
Plans for reopening include stricter face covering requirements, enhanced disinfecting protocols, spreading events out more in its large spaces for capacity management, increased physical distancing, and required timed-entry tickets for its bigger shows. Visitors are encouraged to visit LancasterEventCenter.org to view “Our Safety Pledge” to do their part in creating a safer show environment.
The first events to reopen with these new health modifications include the Nebraska Deer & Game Expo (Jan 15-17), Great Plains Pool Tournament, Star City Clash Wrestling Meeting, and a few barrel races and horse shows. See LancasterEventCenter.org for required timed-entry tickets and attendance restrictions for January shows.
LEC Fairgrounds’ calendar is mostly on pause for shows in early February as it prepares for the Nebraska Ag Expo Feb 23-25, which is the 2nd largest indoor farm show in the USA and acts as a “pop-up store” that is crucial for Nebraska’s agricultural economy.
Despite approved modifications, some of LEC Fairgrounds largest people shows postponed to 2022 as they required a crowd to be feasible such as ABATE Motorcycle Show, Gun Show, annual Car Swap Meet, Sesostris Shrine Circus and Cornhusker Classic Tractor Pull.
LEC Fairgrounds was able to secure a lineup of shows to move into their places:
- Boat, Sport and Travel Show: Mar 5-7
- HBAL Home & Garden Show: Mar 12-14
- Antique Tractor Pull: Mar 26 & 27
- City Pool Tournament: Mar 16-28
- Sunshine & Rainbows Craft Show: Mar 27
For the latest schedule of events, health guidelines, and required timed-entry tickets for its biggest shows, visit LancasterEventCenter.org.
During its closure, LEC Fairgrounds welcomed new pandemic service events including Food Bank of Lincoln weekly food distributions and American Red Cross monthly blood drives. With over 9 acres, LEC Fairgrounds also now provides space for several socially-distant public meetings and services such as City Council, County departments, NRD, and elections.
As it slowly reopens and plans for a busy summer, LEC Fairgrounds asks people to pass the word that jobs are available in all departments. Job applications are available at LancasterEventCenter.org/Careers
In addition to rethinking how events are executed, LEC Fairgrounds is also laser focused on preparations for the National High School Finals Rodeo, July 18-24, and the 150th Lancaster County Super Fair, July 29–Aug 7. Opportunities for volunteers, vendors and sponsors are still available for both, but going fast. Get involved today at NHSFRLincoln.org and SuperFair.org.
ABOUT LANCASTER EVENT CENTER FAIRGROUNDS
The Lancaster Event Center Fairgrounds is located on the east side of Lincoln, Nebraska and known as the Midwest’s premier multi-use facility and home of the Lancaster County Super Fair with over 320 other events annually, contributing over $40M in economic impact to the area. Key features of LEC fairgrounds include 400,000 square feet across five inter-connected buildings, full catering and food/beverage service, multiple advertising/naming sponsorship opportunities, 320-site year-round campground with water/electric hookups (additional 964 large event campsites), a new 3,300-person covered grandstand with 400x600’ outdoor multi-use arena, ample outdoor livestock pens & horse stalls all set on 160-acre grassy fairgrounds with ample, convenient parking adjacent to natural and retail amenities. LEC is located minutes from I-80 Waverly exit and other major highways while being just 15 minutes from downtown Lincoln attractions. Opened in 2001 by the Lancaster County Agricultural Society, the Lancaster Event Center (LEC) is a public facility that operates as a public, independent county-level political subdivision and 501(c)(3) non-profit. The Agricultural Society is celebrating 150 years for its county fair in 2020 in its mission under Nebraska State Law to be a key contributor to Lancaster County’s youth, culture and economy by providing a professional, friendly and fun experience at the LEC while striving to engage the community in the unique agricultural heritage of Lancaster County for years to come. For additional information, visit LancasterEventCenter.org or contact the media contact above.