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HISTORY

FRIENDS OF EXTENSION FOUNDATION

Friends of Extension & 4-H in Douglas/Sarpy County Foundation supports and enhances the University of Nebraska Extension and 4-H programs in Douglas and Sarpy counties. 


The Extension and 4-H programs in Douglas and Sarpy counties offer several educational and development opportunities in a wide variety of areas of interest to youth and adults in both urban and rural communities. We are proud of what these valuable organizations do for our community, and support the efforts of Extension and 4-H through our advocacy, grants, and development.

HISTORY OF THE DOUGLAS COUNTY FAIR

  • Late 1800's to 1980's

    • Fair held in Waterloo at Fairgrounds

  • 1980's

    • Fair moved to AKSARBEN grounds

  • 2003

    • Combined with River City Roundup

    • CenturyLink Center in September

    • Ran by AKSARBEN for Douglas County

  • 2016

    • Fair held at the crossroads in July and HS Rodeo in October conducted by Fair board

  • 2017

    • One Day Fair Held at Chance Ridge and Rodeo in October conducted by Fair board

  • 2018

    • Management of the Douglas County Fair moved to Friends of Extension Foundation

    • Fair held in multiple locations for the first time

    • The ONLY fair in the United States to hold a fair in multiple locations at the exact same time:  

      • Urban setting - Village Pointe, Omaha​

      • Rural setting - Chance Ridge, Elkhorn

      • Parking with a free shuttle between locations - Metropolitan Community College, Elkhorn

DOUGLAS COUNTY FAIR HISTORY PHOTOS