Master plan released for Grand Island fairgrounds expansion, improvements | State and Regional News


The existing Barn Bar would get an expansion, adding to food and beverage options for visitors.

Kolarik said he emphasized the importance of diversifying experiences for visitors to keep potential revenue at the site, which is used not only during the fair but by livestock groups throughout the summer.

“You’ve got a huge captive audience here,” he said. “Before they get up at the end of the day and go to the hotel, a lot of them would rather not have to walk all the way out to their truck, and drive to the offsite place to get food if they have it right here,” he said.

Stakeholders also felt there was a chance to better connect fair visitors with the Thompson Indoor Arena on the far east end of the fairgrounds, Kolarik said.

“There was a sentiment that they felt like it was a backdoor, and a lot of folks, from…

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