Nebraska 4-H relies heavily on volunteers in the days leading up to and during the Nebraska State Fair to help ensure the entire fair runs smoothly. State Fair 4-H volunteers receive a fair pass for the day(s) they volunteer. A list of 4-H volunteer opportunities is available below. To signup as a State Fair 4-H volunteer, please complete the interest form.
General Volunteer Opportunities
4-H Setup and Tear Down Days
Help with preparations for the fair on August 17-19 or with tear down and clean up on September 7. Volunteers will assist with setting up the static display area moving tables, displays, etc., into their places throughout the building.
4-H Exhibit Entry Days / Judging
Help with preparations for the fair on Wednesday, August 25 and Thursday, August 26. Volunteers will assist with exhibit check-in, judging, and help arrange displays. Indicate the 4-H project area(s) you are interested in and we'll try to match you. Note: A van providing transportation may be available from Lincoln on both days. Sign-ups will be required if you are interested.
4-H Green Team Hosts
Be a part of the welcome crew for the 4-H exhibit building. Green Team Hosts will stroll throughout the building to welcome fair-goers, answer questions, promote 4-H, monitor and tidy exhibits and host the information table. If you enjoy meeting and speaking with the public, and are passionate about 4-H, join the Green Team! Older 4-H members are encouraged to sign-up with a friend or families can volunteer together as hosts. Wear your smile and have fun! Shifts are available each day of the fair (10 AM - 1:30 PM, 1:30 - 5:30 PM and 5:30 - 9PM). A minimum of two volunteers needed per shift.
4-H Lil' Green Mascot
Represent Nebraska 4-H by volunteering to be inside and/or escort Lil' Green, the 4-H mascot. Youth and/or adults who meet the following mascot requirements are encouraged to help: age 14+, height between 5'3" and 6'3", waistline of 38" or less, ability to physically endure being inside a mascot up to one hour; energetic and willing to interact with fair-goers of all ages in a positive manner. If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Tracy Pracheil directly.
Attend 4-H contests and shows and take photos to be used for promotional and social media purposes!
4-H Contest / Event Assistance
There is a wide range of fair contests/events you may assist with. Serve as a judge's helper, timekeeper, ribbon distributor, etc.