Rules and Regulations Manual
All fairgoers are requested to dress appropriately for a family atmosphere. We also ask that you dress with potential risk in mind when riding rides or other conveyance on the grounds. Shoes and shirt are required.
Auxiliary Vehicles (AVs)
Auxiliary vehicles, including but not limited to, golf carts, service carts, utility vehicles, Cushmans, and other four-wheeled vehicles (individually an “AV,” collectively, “AVs”) are included within the scope of the 2016 Auxiliary Vehicle Rules & Regulations Agreement (“Agreement”). All AVs used in connection with the Nebraska State Fair (“NSF”) are required to have a Nebraska State Fair Board (“NSFB”) issued operation permit while on the NSF grounds, parking lots, and campground. Permits are required during move-in, the NSF, and move-out. Permits are only issued for AVs that serve to advance the operation of the NSF or that provide a service to NSF vendors, exhibitors, administration staff, etc. Permits are not issued to the general fairgoing public.
Permits are $200 and are non-refundable. Staff, service, and sponsor permits are issued by Double Locked Security (DLS). Exhibitor/Vendor permits are issued by the Heartland Events Center Box Office. Permits are issued at the discretion of the NSF and DLS. Permits are issued at the discretion of the NSF and DLS.
A Certificate of Liability Insurance evidencing the insurance required in this Agreement, naming the Nebraska State Fair Board, Fonner Park Exposition and Events Center, Inc., the Hall County Livestock Improvement Association, and the City of Grand Island as additional insureds (collectively, the “Additional Insureds”), is required for the AV at the time the undersigned applies for a permit.
The following requirements exist in order to receive an AV permit:
1) Sign and abide by the NSF Auxiliary Vehicle Rules and Regulations Agreement, which includes a mandatory AV path.
2) Provide a valid driver’s license issued by a state entity and kept on file with the signed AV Agreement.
3) Watch a safety video provided by the NSF.
AVs without a permit will not be allowed on NSF grounds at any time. High-powered motorized sports vehicles and AVs over 52” are not permitted.
NSF and DLS each have the authority to revoke AV permits, impound any AVs issued by the NSF and DLS, and require any privately owned AVs to be removed from the NSF grounds, in their sole discretion.
*See NSF Auxiliary Vehicle Rules and Regulations Agreement for further information.
Dog and Pet
The following policy is in place not only for the safety of our visitors, but for the welfare of the animals.
1. No pets are permitted on the NSF grounds. This includes, but is not limited to, dogs, cats, ferrets, reptiles, primates, etc. and pertains to all NSF guests, exhibitors, vendors, staff, and partners. Individuals found with pets will be asked to remove them from the Fairgrounds. Animals are not to be left unattended in vehicles in the parking lot under any circumstances. The authorities will be notified of any animals found unattended in vehicles. The NSF can provide a list of area pet shelters, if needed.
2. Dogs that are part of an attraction, exhibit or demonstration will be permitted. This includes the 4-H Dog Show and Skill-A-Thon Contests and the Cattle Stock Dog Trials and Finals. Dogs must remain in the immediate event area; the Heartland Events Center and Big Red Barn, and Five Points Bank Arena, respectively. Dogs must be kept under leash control of the owner. The owner of any dog found running free or posing a threat to the safety and enjoyment of other NSF guests, will be asked to remove the dog from the fairgrounds.
3. Dogs or miniature horses that meet the ADA definition of a “service animal” will be permitted. The ADA defines a service animal as:
“Dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities. Examples of such work or tasks include guiding people who are blind, alerting people who are deaf, pulling a wheelchair, alerting and protecting a person who is having a seizure, reminding a person with mental illness to take prescribed medications, calming a person with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) during an anxiety attack, or performing other duties. Service animals are working animals, not pets. The work or task a dog has been trained to provide must be directly related to a person’s disability. Dogs whose sole function is to provide comfort or emotional support do not qualify as service animals under the ADA.”
“Miniature horses that have been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities.”
Service Animals must be kept under the control of the owner.
“Under the ADA, service animals must be harnessed, leashed, or tethered, unless these devices interfere with the service animal’s work or the individual’s disability prevents using these devices. In that case, the individual must maintain control of the animal through voice, signal, or other effective controls.”
4. Dogs will be permitted in the NSF Campground. Dogs must be kept under leash control of the owner. Animals are not to be left unattended in RVs or other camping units that do not have air conditioning. Animals are not to be left unattended outside of the owner’s RV or other camping units. The owner of any dog found running free or posing a threat to the safety and enjoyment of other NSF campground guests, will be asked to remove the dog from the fairgrounds. The NSF can provide a list of area pet shelters, if needed.
*For full ADA service animal requirements, please visit www.ada.gov.
All animals on the NSF grounds must be current on all vaccinations as required by state law and are required to have veterinary papers on hand as proof of current vaccinations.
Cameras and Recording Devices
Cameras and Recoding Devices are encouraged throughout the NSF. There are select areas and events in which cameras and recording devices are prohibited. Professional cameras and recording devices are not permitted at NSF concerts unless approved by the NSF and the artist’s management.
We ask that you conduct yourself in a fashion suitable for family-oriented fun. Disorderly conduct, actions that cause public disruption and behavior that endangers other fair guests will not be permitted. This includes, but is not limited to, foul or abusive language, fighting, taunting, threatening, and intoxication due to illegal drug use or alcohol consumption. Unlawful possession of alcohol, narcotics, or illegal substances is prohibited on the NSF grounds.
UAV (Drone) Policy
UAVs, commonly known as “drones,” are prohibited on or above all NSF property, including but not limited to the fairgrounds, parking lots, and campground, regardless of commercial or recreational purpose. Any UAV(s) observed at or near NSF property will be reported to local law enforcement.
Food, non-alcoholic beverages, coolers, and picnic baskets are permitted. Items are subject to inspection at all NSF gates. There are no food, beverage, cooler or picnic basket storage facilities available. There are select areas and events within the NSF grounds in which outside food, beverages, and coolers are prohibited. Outside food and beverages are not allowed in the Heartland Events Center. Outside beverages are not allowed in the Outdoor Concert Area.
Bringing alcohol onto the NSF grounds, parking lots, or campground is prohibited. Alcoholic beverages may be consumed only in designated areas by individuals of legal drinking age.
Image and Likeness
By entering the NSF, you hereby consent to the reproduction and use of your photograph, image, voice or a reproduction thereof, either in whole or in part for any and all advertising, promotional and publicity purposes without limitation or reservation.
Fairgoers entering the NSF do so at their own risk.
Due diligence will be used to insure the safety of animals or articles of exhibit, but the NSF expressly refuses to assume any liability for injuries to any person or damage to any property because of accidents, theft, fire, the elements, and other conditions. No claims for injury to any person or damage to property shall be asserted or suit instituted or maintained against the NSF, its officers, agents, or employees by any person having the privilege to exhibit or license to operate on the NSF grounds or occupying a space thereon.
Lost or Stolen Items
The NSF is not responsible for lost or stolen articles in cars or on the person attending the NSF. Lost and Found, during the NSF, is located at the Welcome Center on State Fair Boulevard. Following the Fair, items will be transferred to the NSF Administration Office. Items will be kept until December 31, following the Fair, and then be donated to charitable organizations.
When walking on or about any street, sidewalk or other area generally open to the public on the NSF grounds, pedestrians shall at all times have the right-of-way as against all vehicles, other than identified emergency vehicles. Drivers of all vehicles, other than identified emergency vehicles, shall yield the right-of-way to any and all pedestrians on the NSF grounds.
The following items are not permitted on the NSF grounds:
Private golf carts, auxiliary vehicles, motorized vehicles, or two-wheeled vehicles
NSF gate admission tickets are valid for one use and scan only. Upon leaving the fairgrounds, a hand stamp is required for re-admission. A hand stamp is only valid for the day it is issued. If a hand stamp is not present, or if it appears to have been tampered with or transferred, payment of gate admission will be required.
A hand stamp is required for re-admission into a NSF concert, whether in the Heartland Events Center or Outdoor Concert Area. If a hand stamp is not present, or if it appears to have been tampered with or transferred, the purchase of a concert ticket will be required.
Sale & Promotion of Tickets Policy
There shall be no re-sale or public promotion of NSF tickets. All companies, organizations or individuals are welcome to purchase tickets to the NSF. Because of contractual obligations made by the NSF with various sponsor entities that may include exclusive rights to sell or promote marketing programs in conjunction with or on behalf of the NSF, only authorized firms are able to utilize tickets for sale or promotion to the general public. For consignment or other purchase of tickets, the NSF makes these tickets available on the premise that they are to be used by the individuals purchasing them only, or for employees or immediate family of companies or organizations purchasing them. In the event that the NSF finds violation with this policy, it reserves the right to void all tickets purchased. Gate admission tickets, concert tickets, ride tickets/wristbands, NSF vouchers/coupons, etc. become null and void following the last day of the NSF. There is a purchase limit of 8 tickets, per household, for all concert tickets.
Skates and Skateboards
The use of roller skates, in-line skates (roller blades), or skateboards are not permitted on the NSF grounds except as authorized in an agreement executed by the NSF.
In accordance with the 2008 Nebraska Clean Indoor Air Act, smoking is prohibited in all buildings. In addition, please refrain from smoking within 20 feet of building entrances, in the Family Fun Zone and in the Outdoor Concert Area.
The NSF is a public forum of limited duration and exists in part to provide a means for a great number of exhibitors to temporarily present their products or views, be they commercial, religious or political, to a large number of people in an orderly, safe, secure and efficient fashion.
No person or group of persons shall banner, picket, march protest, demonstrate or caucus on the NSF grounds before or during the NSF in any manner that interferes with the convenience and safety of an NSF patron, exhibitor or employee.
To avoid congestion and to prevent any impediment in the flow of fair patrons and to facilitate the maintenance of orderly movement throughout the fairgrounds, anyone desiring to exhibit must apply for booth space as set forth in the NSF Space Rental Rules and Regulations, and comply with the terms and conditions of the space rental agreement.
Exhibit shall mean activities including, but not limited to, picketing, petitioning, proselytizing and/or the selling, posting or distributing of any merchandise, products, raffle tickets, promotional items and printed or written materials.
Sale or distribution of any merchandise, products, raffle tickets, promotional items, including printed or written material except under license issued by the NSF and/or from a duly-licensed location is strictly prohibited.
Because of the great interest in the safety and orderly movement of large crowds and vehicular traffic flow, any activity engaging or impeding the fair-going public or interrupting the orderly flow of the fair-going public outside of an approved, licensed and contracted booth space is strictly prohibited.
Subject to inspection
All items are subject to inspection including, but not limited to, purses, backpacks, briefcases, suitcases, athletic bags, duffel bags, coolers, ice chests, picnic baskets, diaper bags, strollers, packages, containers, your person and any other items capable of concealing prohibited items. Please leave all unnecessary items at home or in your car.
The NSF reserves the right to tow vehicles including, but not limited to, vehicles that are parked illegally, parked in a no parking area, or are impeding traffic or general operations of the NSF. Vehicles towed from a clearly marked “No Parking” area will be assessed a $50 towing fee upon retrieval of the vehicle. Vehicles towed from an unmarked area or for the convenience of NSF operations will not be assessed a fee. All vehicles are towed to a site on the NSF grounds. Repeat infractions will result in the revocation of any NSF issued parking permit.
Two-wheeled vehicles, such as bicycles, motorcycles, segweys, and motor scooters, will not be allowed on the NSF grounds unless such two-wheeled vehicles are on display in a commercial space licensed by the NSF and, in such case, such two-wheeled vehicles must be kept in the assigned commercial space and may not, under any circumstances, be operated on the streets of the NSF. Track-type vehicles may not be operated anywhere on the NSF grounds without the express authorization and approval of the NSF. Electric personal assistive mobility devices may be used on the NSF grounds by persons that are physically challenged.
The utilization of bicycles as a form of transportation to the NSF is encouraged. However, bikes are not permitted on the NSF grounds without a Bike Permit. Bikers without a permit, must leave their bikes at the gate. The NSF provides the Bike Barn for safe storage of non-permit bikes. The Bike Barn is located at Gate 6, off of Fonner Park Road. There is no charge for bicycle parking. Bike riders must provide their own locks.
The bearer of a bike permit is allowed to bring their bicycle onto the NSF grounds to be stationed at their place of employment or exhibit. Bikes must be walked onto the property and at all times when on the NSF grounds.
Guns, knives, flammable materials and other weapons are strictly prohibited on the NSF grounds. Guns are prohibited, with or without a valid Nebraska Concealed Handgun Permit. The NSF is the controlling entity of the Fonner Park and fairground property, throughout the duration of the NSF, including the set-up and tear-down period. As allowed per the 2006 Nebraska Concealed Handgun Permit Act (LB454), section 15.2, the NSF prohibits permitholders from possessing or carrying a concealed handgun in or on the place or premise of the NSF grounds, which includes, but is not limited to, the NSF parking lots, campground and fairgrounds. Unless otherwise authorized by law, violation of this prohibition is a criminal offense. Failure to comply with this rule shall be cause for expulsion from the fairgrounds and/or being charged under Nebraska Law.
As per the Nebraska Concealed Handgun Permit Act (LB454), Section 3.5, a “Permitholder means an individual holding a current and valid permit to carry a concealed handgun issued pursuant to the Concealed Handgun Permit Act.”
With the approval of NSF management, weapons that are part of an attraction, exhibit or demonstration will be permitted. Weapons must remain in the immediate event/exhibit area. Live ammo is not permitted.
The operation or parking of any vehicle upon which advertising signs, political or otherwise, have been affixed in any manner shall be prohibited anywhere on the NSF grounds. This rule is not applicable to a lettered service vehicle advertising a firm or its products while making deliveries or to the normal advertising on bumpers and windows of motor vehicles.