4-H at the

Nebraska State Fair

August 25 - September 4, 2023

Nebraska State Fair 4-H ribbons

With each new State Fair season, brings new possibilities and opportunities for 4-H families in Nebraska. The opportunity for 4-H to continue having its own weekend allows more flexibility for new events, entry limits, schedules, and space. We want to continue to take advantage of that! As part of that process, we continue to explore age eligibility requirements for State Fair participation. After garnering user input, researching data from other events/shows/states, and looking at the overall impact on youth development, the decision has been made to change the age of eligibility in 2023 to 9 years of age before January 1 (of the current year) for all in-person events (livestock, contests, fashion shows).

The Nebraska State Fair is the premier opportunity for 4-H members to showcase what they have learned and worked on throughout the year. At the State Fair, we celebrate the successes of thousands of youth who have learned and grown through 4-H. The State Fair is a prime opportunity for 4-H members to cultivate skills they have learned in 4-H projects, put their life skills and good character to work, discover new areas of interest, and meet new people. The Nebraska State Fair is held yearly at the Nebraska State Fairgrounds in Grand Island, Nebraska. This year's event will be held from August 25 - September 4, 2023.

Visit the Nebraska 4-H State Fair Fairbook for information about 4-H static and animal exhibits, as well as 4-H in-person contests and competitions happening at the State Fair. Additional information and resources are also available for individuals interested in exhibiting 4-H livestock, participating in 4-H dog show or skillathonparticipating in 4-H contests, volunteering with 4-H, and judging 4-H exhibits.

Nebraska 4-H is only one part of the Nebraska State Fair. For more information about other activities, events, and contests happening, please visit the Nebraska State Fair website.

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For general questions about 4-H at the Nebraska State Fair, please contact:

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