Roy Anderson describes himself and his wife, Barbara, as an RV couple.

After 30 years of marriage labeled them empty nesters — with kids fanned out in Omaha, Connecticut and Illinois — the Andersons determined to travel more.

“We’ve since wintered in Texas, been all over the Midwest and up north and usually take a two-week trip once a year throughout the country,” Roy said.

Roy and Barbara, of Grand Island, serve as campground hosts at the RV campground at the Nebraska State Fair.

Though the Andersons have lived in Grand Island since 1971, they’re looking forward to their second year spent camping at the State Fair.

Their experience on the road, coupled with a good lay of the land, makes them naturals for the additional title of Nebraska State Fair’s campground host couple — a joint position for which they were nominated and gladly accepted prior to the first run of the fair in their own backyard.

But this year’s fair is likely to keep Roy and Barbara hopping. Jaime Parr, facility director for the Nebraska State Fair, said the recent addition of 80 new pads with access to utilities (sewer, power and water) brings the total number of RV parking spots to 130, a substantial increase from only 50 last year.

And that’s just the beginning. Next year will see 60 to 80 more, bringing the total number of lots close to 200. Parr said that amount puts Grand Island’s facilities in line with what was available in Lincoln.

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