Live Animal Exhibitor Resources

General Rules

4-H Animal Exhibitor Handbook (2018)

State Fair General Livestock Rules (2018)

State Fair Livestock Health Requirements (2018)

4-H General Rules (2019)

4-H/FFA Entry Limits (2018)

Species/Show Rules

Please refer to the following pages and resources for specific species/show rules, guidelines, entry limits, class descriptions, scoresheets, and forms.

Herdsmanship

The purpose of the Herdsmanship contest is to encourage cooperation, fellowship, and teamwork among exhibitors in developing and maintaining a display of livestock and stalling areas. Herdsmanship duties are the primary responsibility of the livestock exhibitor. 

Schedules & Show Programs

State Fair Livestock Schedule (2018)

4-H Schedule (2018)

Show programs will be uploaded below as they become available. Programs are also available in the Nebraska State Fair 4-H mobile app.

Livestock Identification

State Fair Livestock Nomination/Identification Requirements V3 (2018)

Live Animal Exhibit Entry

All 4-H live animal exhibits must be entered in ShoWorks before 8:00 PM CST on August 10. This entry process must be completed by the 4-H exhibitor (or their family). Fees must be paid for using a debit/credit card. There are no other payment options. Live animal exhibits will not be entered by the county Extension office. Please refer to the 4-H/FFA Exhibitor Entry Limits. For help completing the entry process, please review the 4-H/FFA Registration Instructions or watch our tutorial video.

Exhibitor Letters

Dairy Exhibitor Letter (2018)

Rabbit & Poultry Exhibitor Letter (2018)

Dog Exhibitor Letter (2018)

Beef, Sheep, Meat Goat & Swine Exhibitor Letter (2018)

Additional Swine Exhibitor Information

Check-In, Weigh-In, Loading/Unloading

State Fair Loading/Unloading Presentation (2018)

Livestock Check-In Trailer Hours (2018)

4-H and FFA In Place and Check-In/Weigh-In Schedule (2018)

Ethics Affidavits

Stalling Assignments

For questions about live animal exhibits, live animal shows, or the information on this tab, please contact Brandy W. Schuze at bwagner5@unl.edu or 402-472-9023.


Additional Resources

Leader's Guide on Animal Welfare for Fairs and Exhibitors

Youth Guide on Animal Welfare for Fairs and Exhibitors

Animal Resource Guide for 4-H & FFA Members: Animal Documents, Records & Tests Needed Prior to Fairs & Exhibitors

Animal Resource Guide for 4-H & FFA Members: Facts, Values & Myths

Animal Resource Guide for 4-H & FFA Members: Knowing the Livestock Lingo

Animal Resource Guide for 4-H & FFA Members: Communicating with the Public About the Care of Production Animals

2017 Presentation: Pork Carcass Evaluation and Value, Dr. Dennis Burson, Nebraska Extension Meat Specialist, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Contest Participants

General Rules

4-H General Ruls (2019)

Contest Rules

Please refer to the following pages and resources for specific contest rules, guidelines, entry limits, class descriptions, scoresheets, and forms.

Schedules & Contest Programs

4-H Schedule (2018)

Contest programs will be uploaded below as they become available. Programs are also available in the Nebraska State Fair 4-H mobile app.

Contest Entry

All 4-H members planning to participate in any 4-H contest must be entered in ShoWorks before 8:00 PM CST on August 10. This entry process must be completed by the 4-H member (or their family). Fees must be paid for using a debit/credit card. There are no other payment options. Contest participants will not be entered by the county Extension office. For help completing the entry process, please review the 4-H/FFA Registration Instructions or watch our tutorial video.

Participant Letters

Digital Video - 4-H FilmFest Participant Letter (2018)

Fashion Show Participant Letter (2018)

Presentation Contest Participant Letters (2018)

Static Exhibitors

General Rules

4-H General Rule (2019) 

4-H Static Exhibit Disclaimer

Department Rules

Please refer to the following pages and resources for specific project area rules, guidelines, entry limits, class descriptions, scoresheets, and forms.

Premier Science Award

The Premier Science Award is open to any 4-H member with at least one static exhibit selected for State Fair. Exhibitors may select one exhibit from any project area/department to complete their awards application about. An award application should be completed and turned in to the county Extension office by the county's deadline. Up to three top exhibits will be chosen to receive a $100 cash award.

Static Exhibit Entry

All static exhibits will be entered by county Extension staff.

Static Exhibit Release

All static exhibits will be released according to the county Extension staff unless the proper documentation has been submitted. 

Exhibitors or families wishing to pick up their own static exhibits from the Nebraska State Fair must complete an Exhibit Hall Release form and submit it to their local Extension office before August 22. The Exhibit Hall Release form may be obtained from your local Extension office. Proper paperwork must be signed by the exhibitor/family and county Extension staff. This form gives non-Extension personnel permission to pick up items after the fair. The designated person listed on the form will be responsible for picking up the item(s). Exhibits which have properly completed and submitted release forms may be picked up by the designated person on Monday, September 2 from 7:00 PM-10:00 PM or Tuesday, September 3 from 8:00 AM-noon. Exhibits must be checked out before being removed from the exhibit hall. The person picking up the exhibit must be ready to sign for the exhibit and show their identification. 

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Nebraska State Fair 4-H App

Experience 4-H at the Nebraska State Fair from wherever you might be! Download the 4-H at the Nebraska State Fair App for your iPad/iPhone or Android mobile device. App users will be able to see a schedule of 4-H events, the results of all static exhibits and contests, 4-H news from the State Fair, and a fair map.

When visiting the 4-H Exhibit Hall at the Nebraska State Fair, be sure to check out the 4-H Scavenger Hunt for a chance to win some new 4-H gear!

iPad or iPhone App

Android App