Fair fun in the virtual world

Curt Nettinga of the Plainsman
Posted 9/1/23

Virtual reality gaming comes to State Fair

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Fair fun in the virtual world


HURON — A new entertainment feature available to State Fair attendees this fall is the VR (Virtual Reality) Game Truck, from Nebraska.

Owner Michael Dale said that the trailer he will have at this year’s fair will fit 20-24 players at one time, and includes six virtual reality stations - two standing and four seated games - on one side, while the other side contains space for up to 18 players participating in multi-player console games.

The VR Game Truck will be set up throughout the fair’s run, at Younger Hall, near the southwestern corner of the carnival mat./

“The mobile arcade concept began around 2000,” said Dale last week. “I have been involved for around four years. This is my first trip to the S.D. State Fair and I am really looking forward to seeing everyone.”

VR Game Truck features a large library of VR games and TV console games, including many online VR games.

Check out Dale’s website (www.vrgametrucknebraska.com) for a listing of games.

Virtual reality games fall into three categories: Entertainment VR; Experiences focused VR and Educational VR, and Dale said he has several options from which to choose.

“I do have an aircraft simulator and a car simulator,” he said, “which are quite popular.”

The games are family friendly, and Dale said he tailors the lineup to better fit wherever he is presenting. “For the state fair, we will go with a family friendly lineup.”

VR Game Truck has made stops at county fairs throughout Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota, along with stops on college campus, as post prom entertainment and for church groups.