Tradition Lost: Aksarben Stock Show Leaving

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

Story and photo courtesy of the Omaha World Herald

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.

Submitting a winning bid was a point of pride for Omaha steakhouses, who posted photographs of the grand or reserve champion cattle, hogs or sheep they purchased in the lobby of their restaurants.

“When I was a 4-H’er growing up in Iowa, it was probably the ultimate show,” said Jay Wolverton, a native of Oakland, Iowa, who is now a veterinarian in Seward, Nebraska.

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