The Commodity Carnival program, sponsored by CME Group and the National 4-H Council, offers a fun learning activity for youth to experience managing the business risks associated with producing and bringing livestock to market. 

The Commodity Carnival consists of three activities that guide participants through the process of producing and selling livestock: grow your livestock, sell your livestock, and win a ribbon. After participating, youth:

  • Recognize an agriculture commodity and associate commodities with products used in daily life,
  • Understand the investment required to raise a commodity, and
  • Discover how commodity risks factor into market sale prices.

The game aims to build greater literacy in agricultural science and economics at state and county fairs. The Commodity Carnival will be offered at nearly 100 state and county fairs throughout the Midwest during the summer and fall. Additionally, youth and families can also play at home by downloading the Risk Ranch app at the Google Play or iTunes stores


Gosper County 4-H Carnival March 19 Elwood
Phelps County Kid Fest March 23 Holdrege
Boone County Ag Day April 24 Albion
WCREC Youth Animal Science Field Day May 24 Curtis
NebraskaLand Days June 19 North Platte
Nebraska 4-H Premier Animal Science Event June 27 Lincoln
Boone-Nance County Fairs July 6-8 Albion/Fullteron
Platte County Fair July 11-15 Columbus
Jefferson County Fair July 12-15 Fairbury
Cheyenne/Kimball/Banner County Fairs July 15-24 Sidney
Adams County Fair July 18-22 Hastings
Dawson County Fair July 19-20 Lexington
Sheridan County Fair July 23-25 Gordon
Webster County Fair July 26-28 Bladen
Saunders County Fair July 27-28 Wahoo
Washington County Fair Ag Zone July 28-Aug 1 Arlington
Scotts Bluff County Fair/Ag Festival July 28-Aug 1 Scottsbluff
Harlan County Fair July 29-Aug 2 Orleans
Merrick County Fair July 30-Aug 1 Central City
Dodge County Fair Aug 1-5 Scribner
Box Butte County Fair Aug 5-12 Hemingford
Seward County Fair Aug 9-12 Seward
Nebraska State Fair Aug 24-Sept 3 Grand Island
Husker Harvest Days September 12-14 Alda
Applejack Festival September 21-23 Nebraska City
Keith-Arthur Ag Day Sept 26 Ogallala
AKSARBEN Stock Show Sept 27-30 Grand Island
Merrick County AgFest Sept 28 Central City
York County Ag Festival Oct 2 York

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