Volunteer Information

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

2018 Volunteer Interest Form

2018 Volunteer Opportunities

4-H Static Exhibit Entry Day/Judging

Volunteers will assist with exhibit check-in, judging, and help arrange displays. Indicate the project area you are interested in on your Volunteer Interest Form. Volunteers are need the following days:

  • Wednesday, August 22*
  • Thursday, August 23

*Transportation is available to and from Lincoln during the State Fair setup and entry/judging day, August 22, 2018 for volunteers. For more information, please contact Lisa Spilker, lspilker2@unl.edu or 402-472-9018.

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, monitor and tidy exhibits, and staff the information desk. If you are enthusiastic, passionate and knowledgeable about 4-H, a strong advocate for 4-H/Extension, and enjoy meeting and speaking with the public we want you as a building host. Wear your smile and have fun! Older 4-H members are encouraged to sign-up with a friend or families can volunteer together as hosts. A minimum of two volunteers are needed per shift. The following shifts are available:

  • Each Day
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

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. Seeking volunteers for:

  • Saturday, August 25
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  • Sunday, August 26
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  • Saturday, September 1
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Sunday, September 2
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Monday, September 3
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

4-H Photographer

Attend 4-H contests and shows and take photos to be used for promotional and social media purposes! Photography equipment will be provided. Shifts are available on:

  • Saturday, August 25
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Sunday, August 26
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Saturday, September 1
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Sunday, September 2
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Monday, September 3
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

4-H Livestock Office Assistance

If you are knowledgeable about livestock, the state fair livestock shows, and enjoy working with the public, additional help may be needed in the Livestock Office answering questions and helping staff members with show preparations and more. Please mark the Volunteer Interest Form with dates/times you are available. Shifts are available on:

  • Saturday, August 25
  • Sunday, August 26
  • Friday, August 31
  • Saturday, September 1
  • Sunday September 2
  • Monday, September 3

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. Mark your Volunteer Interest Form with your contest/event choices. 

For questions about this program or the information on this page, please contact:

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COORDINATOR: Cathy Johnston
EMAIL: cjohnston1@unl.edu
PHONE: 402-472-1762