A lot has changed since 1895.
A lot hasn’t.

We’ve worked hard every day since the first Aksarben Ball in 1895 and continue to work hard to create the community the Heartland is known for. We’ve accomplished a lot since the first Aksarben Stock Show in 1927 and have since given out $65 million in scholarship and grant money.

The Aksarben Foundation Influence

Aksarben Ball

The original Aksarben Ball was established in 1895 to recognize individuals in the region for their civic endeavors. Each year since then, families have been recognized as outstanding leaders from the Heartland. Princesses, Escorts, and Pages represent their families who are being honored for their contributions to the region. The last coronation ball was held in 2017. To learn how the Ball has changed, click here.

Aksarben Racetrack to Aksarben Village

After the remaining buildings and grandstand were torn down in early 2005, a proposal was put forth to create a mixed-use development called Aksarben Village. Construction began in 2006 and the first businesses opened in 2008. Baxter Arena, home to several of UNO’s sports teams, opened in October 2015.

Aksarben Foundation’s Glorious Past

For well over a century, Aksarben has continually adapted its mission, programs and operation to meet the changing needs and promote the well-being of the heartland. The seeds of the organization that would come to be known as Aksarben were sown in the midst of calamitous economic conditions beginning in the mid-1890s.

AksarbenStock Show

The Aksarben Stock Show was established by the Aksarben Foundation in 1927 and has remained one of the largest livestock shows in the nation for over ninety years. Located in Grand Island, Nebraska the Aksarben Stock Show is produced and managed by the Nebraska State Fair.

Preserving History

Preserving history is something the Aksarben Foundation has always tried to do. In the 1970’s, the Foundation saved the Omaha Orpheum Theater from being demolished.