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National 4-H Council

County Fairs involve 4-H by giving youth an opportunity to develop life skills while showcasing their 4-H projects. At county fairs, 4-H members are able to exhibit their knowledge, skills, and abilities that they have developed in their 4-H projects. This ranges from exhibiting live animals to static projects, as well as participating in contests, service projects, and much more! In order to participate in 4-H at county fairs, youth must be officially enrolled 4-H members. While enrollment is open year-round, youth interested in participating in their county fair or the Nebraska State Fair must complete enrollment by June 15.

Find a county fair near you and learn more about county 4-H events and rules by contacting your local Extension office.

2020 County Fairs & Virtual Shows

Nebraska 4-H is looking forward to working with each of our county fairs across the state. Due to restrictions currently in place by COVID-19, many county fairs are looking at options for how to showcase 4-H’ers and judge 4-H exhibits and contests. We are working closely with Ag Societies/County Fairboards, local Health Departments, and 4-H Councils to make decisions that will best meet local needs while complying with state/regional/local guidelines and policies.

While each county will look different based on local needs and restrictions, 4-H will offer ways for youth to celebrate their accomplishments and showcase the work they’ve been doing throughout the year. In the event that a 4-H livestock show is canceled, event coordinators may choose to host a virtual show. Please contact specific event coordinators for show rules, guidelines, processes, and specifications. Some general resources are available for exhibitors preparing for a virtual show. 

Virtual Fair & Show Resources