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Calling all Nebraska high school marching bands! Share your love of making music by participating in the Marching Band Exhibition program at the Nebraska State Fair. Showcase your hard work and dedication by strolling the streets of the fairgrounds while playing your season’s tunes, and get a bit of marching performance experience under your belts before your season begins! Marching Band performance slots available daily.

Registration for the 2018 Nebraska State Fair Marching Band Exhibition are now available! There are two ways to register. The first is the online form toward the bottom of this page. The second is to fill out the PDF below, which can then be emailed, faxed, or mailed to the NSF offices.

Please mail registrations to:

Nebraska State Fair
Attn: Kayla Crowder
P.O. Box 1387
Grand Island, NE 68802

Fax: 308.384.1555

If you have any questions or issues, please contact Kayla Crowder at or call her at 308.385.3978.

2018 Nebraska State Fair Marching Band Registration

Due May 1, 2018

School Information

School Name
Name of Band
School Address
Zip Code
Phone Number
Fax Number

Director/Leader Information

First Name
Last Name
Email Address
Select your preferred contact method below. This is how we will send any additional information. If a method is not selected, all information will be sent via email.

Summer Information Packet

Summer Information Packets- (Packets will be sent in August and will require a signature. Unless noted otherwise below, packets will be sent to your school address. If you prefer for it to be mailed to a different address, please provide an address at which someone will be available to sign for the package).
Summer Address
Zip Code
Phone Number
Email Address
If different than email address provided earlier

Date & Time Preferences

We will make every effort to accommodate your date and time preferences. Because of the large number of groups who participate, each entry will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Thank you!

Dressing Room

There will be a dressing room available for marching bands on Wednesday, Aug. 29 in the Fonner Park Clubhouse. This is the only day the space will be available, as it's needed for other programs.

A volunteer will be stationed in the Clubhouse to monitor the space. Please note that the Nebraska State Fair is not responsible for any lost or stolen property.

Will you need to utilize the dressing room space on Wednesday, Aug. 29?

Daily Parade

Daily parades stage at 1:00 p.m.and begin at 1:30 p.m. Because of the new time, marching bands will be unable to march alone between 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. However, bands are welcome to participate in the Daily Parade!

Do you wish to participate in the Daily Parade?

Marching Band Route Options

Please check the box next to your preferred marching route and performance stops (reference map). Note there are measurements next to each of the performance stops. Please make sure your band will fit within that allotted performance space. If your band does not fit within those space requirements, we ask that you skip that performance stop.
Marching Band Route A
Starts at the Main Intersection, runs through the main throughway in front of the red barns, through the Market Place and returns back to the Heartland Event Center. (Distance is roughly 0.5 mile). This route includes 2 performance stops.
Please select your preferred performance stops below.

Marching Band Route B
Starts at the Main Intersection, runs through the main throughway in front of the red barns, through the Market Place to the East Entertainment Area. (Distance is roughly 0.7 mile). This route includes 3 performance stops.
Please select your preferred performance stops below.

Attendance & Transportation

To help our staff better prepare in providing your admission wristbands and bus parking passes, please provide us with accurate attendance and vehicle numbers below. Please notify us immediately if any information on this registration changes.
How many students will be attending?
How many teachers/sponsors will be attending?
How many buses will you bring?
How many vans will you bring?
Personal vehicles
How many cars will you bring?
Estimated fair arrival time
Estimated fair departure time

Terms & Conditions

I hereby certify that I have read and agree to the Marching Band terms and conditions.
I agree to the terms and conditions

Additional Information

Feel free to provide me any additional information about your registration below.
I.e. We would like to perform twice

Please read!
After clicking "submit" the webpage will transition to a "thank you" page and you will receive a confirmation email acknowledging receipt of your application (almost instantaneously). If you do not receive a confirmation email, then your application did not submit properly. If you have continued problems, try using a different browser (Internet Explorer, Safari, Chrome, etc.). You can also print the PDF application and fill it out manually. The Nebraska State Fair is not responsible for applications that do not submit properly. If you have concerns about your application, please contact Kayla Crowder at


Does our band have to perform at the performance stops?

No, it's your choice as the band teacher to decide if your band wants to perform at the performance stops.

Can we change our route preference?

No, once the registration process has closed, we aren't able to accommodate route changes. You can however change your mind on playing at the performance stops. We just ask that you communicate any performance stop changes to your State Fair guide.

What if it's raining the day we come to perform?

If it happens to rain on your performance day, you have the option to play in the rain or not. We do NOT have an indoor performance location. The Marching Band Exhibition will continue as scheduled rain or shine. We can, however reschedule to a later performance time if you do not wish to perform in the rain. In case of inclement weather, stipends will only be made if band is on-site, at the place of performance, and ready to perform.

Do you provide water for the band director and members?

The Nebraska State Fair does not provide water or water bottles to band directors and members. We do however encourage you to bring your own water bottles and fill them up around the fairgrounds.

What happens if we arrive late?

If your band arrives late to the fair, we will try our best to squeeze you in. However, no guarantees can be made. We recommend you arrive at least an hour and fifteen minutes prior to your performance. This will allow you time to park, unload, warm-up, and stage. We ask that you arrive in the staging area 30 minutes prior to your performance time.

How can parents find our band on the fairgrounds?

We post each bands scheduled performance time in our program guide/daily sheets (which are handed out at the gates) and on our website. We also announce the daily bands on our Facebook page. We recommend that you tell parents to be at our Main Intersection 15 minutes prior to your scheduled time, to see you perform, as well as, provide them with a map of your route and stops you plan to make. This way, they are able to follow you through the fairgrounds. The Nebraska State Fair is not responsible for informing parents/spectators of your route and performance locations.

Where should parents park?

Parents/spectators should all park in our general parking. Only school buses and vans hauling equipment that are preregistered will be allowed to park in the bus parking lot.

Do parents coming to watch their child receive free admission?

All parents/spectators will need to pay for their gate admission. Once you know what day you're marching, we'd encourage you to provide the parents that information, so they can take advantage of our advanced gate admission. We'd also suggest that they take a look at our website for discounted days!
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