Aksarben Stock Show Moving West

OMAHA — An 89-year agricultural tradition in Omaha is moving down the trail to Grand Island.

The Aksarben Stock Show, the nation’s largest 4-H livestock show, will be held at Grand Island’s Fonner Park this fall, ending a run in Omaha that began in 1928.

The show, coupled with a professional rodeo added in 1947, has been an autumn highlight in Omaha.

The top animals were auctioned off at the end of the event, last year raising $250,000 for scholarships.

Kevin Kock, executive director of the Aksarben Foundation’s Agriculture Initiatives, said the move is about growing the regional event, which last year drew 1,055 4-H participants from Nebraska and Iowa and other surrounding states.

“With the continued growth of the AKSARBEN Stock Show, we believe this is the right fit for us,” said Kock.  “It will provide everyone from exhibitors to spectators with cutting-edge facilities and proper space to improve on what is already the premier livestock show in our region.”

Cindy Johnson, President of the Grand Island Area Chamber of Commerce, said Grand Island and communities across central Nebraska will enthusiastically embrace the AKSARBEN Stock Show at its new location.

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