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The former chief of finance for the Nebraska State Fair has been charged with theft following an investigation into the fair's finances. Court records show Patrick Kopke has been charged in Hall County with three counts of theft of more than $5,000. Earlier this year, the Nebraska State Fair Board hired a forensic investigation firm to look into the fair's finances after staff discovered suspicious activity during an internal review. Eight fair employees lost their jobs in December as officials took steps to firm up finances after a 2019 loss. Kopke is scheduled to be arraigned on Sept.

Slimmed-Down State Fair Will Proceed Without Carnival

Jul 27, 2020

The Nebraska State Fair will happen this year, but the event will take place without a carnival. Organizers say this year's fair will focus on exhibits by Four-H and the FFA, along with livestock competitions. The fair is scheduled for the weekends of August 28th through the 30th and September Fourth through Seventh in Grand Island.

State auditors say a former finance chief for the Nebraska State Fair collected nearly $150,000 in undocumented payments through a company he created last year. Auditors say the review found two checks totaling $149,415.60 that were made out to RKBB Enterprises Inc. RKBB Enterprises was created in May 2019 by Brandon Kopke, the fair’s former chief of finance and administration. Kopke resigned in November after telling board members that the fair was headed for bankruptcy. State auditors say they identified the questionable payments during a review of the fair’s spending.

The finance director of the Nebraska State Fair has resigned, saying the state fair may be on the verge of bankruptcy.

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska State Fair officials are blaming heavy rains for a drop in attendance and revenue at this summer's fair.

The Grand Island Independent reports that fair executive director Lori Cox delivered the news Friday at a meeting of the State Fair Board.

Attendance for the Aug. 23-Sept. 2 event was 283,468, down 10% from the 314,805 who attended last year. Officials say that led to a 12% decline in gate revenue from the previous year.

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska State Fair says the parking isn't available Monday at the rain-soaked Fonner Park fairgrounds.

Fair officials urged people to park at offsite locations and take free shuttle rides to the fairgrounds, where some standing water remained in spots.