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Who We Are

About Us

Raising funds for the future of your Nebraska State Fair.

Dedicated to the growth & support of the Nebraska State Fair. 

Established in 1989, the purpose of the Nebraska State Fair 1868 Foundation is to raise funds for the overall improvement of the Nebraska State Fair. We are a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Since 2010, The 1868 Foundation has raised over $4.4 million in funds for improvements that the fair needed to continue to grow. Join the Nebraska State Fair 1868 Foundation and continue the winning tradition of education, competition and celebration. Young or old, Nebraskans have gained from their State Fair experiences and have used new knowledge, skills, talents, and creativity throughout their lives.

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Building a Stronger Future Through Collaboration and Dedication

These are the passionate and dedicated individuals who make our organization possible. They bring a diverse set of skills and knowledge to the table, and are united in their commitment to making a positive impact on our community and state fair experience.

Terry T. Galloway
Jay Vavricek
Vice Chairman
Bill Oltean
Secretary / Treasurer
Dustin Beener


Eddie Biwer


Jill Staab


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Steve Wehrbein


Tom Middleton


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Matt Gunderson


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Mike McQuillan


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Lindsey Koepke
Executive Director
Lindsey Koepke has been the executive director of the 1868 Foundation since 2007. She is passionate about helping you create your own legacy with your Nebraska State Fair.
Kelly Jo Hinrichs
Foundation Assistant
Kelly Jo "KJ" Hinrichs is the Communications Specialist. KJ is here to help align communications and promotional activities with our goals. She will assist with events coordination, donor updates, and support the planning of campaigns and the office.
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Invest in the future of your State Fair.

We're Raising Funds For the Future of Your Nebraska State Fair. The Nebraska State Fair 1868 Foundation is a charitable 501(c)3 organization.