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Nebraska State Fair Volunteer Program

Volunteers are a very vital part of the success of the Nebraska State Fair. The dedication and service that our volunteers put forward pay huge dividends to the success and momentum for future State Fairs. The Nebraska State Fair cannot function without a strong volunteer base. From hospitality to helping out with educational and children’s programs, there truly is something for everyone who wishes to be a part of the Nebraska State Fair.

Who we are

Nebraska State Fair volunteers will come from all walks of life and have a variety of interests and talents. Some of our volunteers will be retired, some will be in school, some will be stay-at-home parents, and some will travel from the surrounding communities. The one thing that they all have in common is a big smile! 

Why we volunteer

Every person has a reason for volunteering their time and talents to the Nebraska State Fair. Many do it for the betterment of the community. Some are needing volunteer hours. Others come out for the social aspect. Whatever the reason, it is guaranteed that you will have a great experience and lots of fun!

What we do

Our volunteers provide support during the Fair and during the move-in days immediately prior to the Fair. Each volunteer shift is four (4) hours in duration. The option to sign up for multiple shifts is available and encouraged! However, shifts cannot overlap or be counted as two at one time.  Volunteer opportunities are available for all special skills and preferences.

Training

A comprehensive, mandatory training program will be held for all volunteers at the first part of August. The Nebraska State Fair wants to ensure that you are fully comfortable and knowledgeable regarding your volunteer duties. Volunteers will learn about their respective job duties as well as receive an overview of the Fair itself. During the training sessions, volunteers also receive their official Nebraska State Fair volunteer shirt, name badge and a folder of information.

Benefits

Those who volunteer will receive free gate admission for each day they work a shift. Volunteers who complete 20+ hours will receive two (2) food vouchers can be used at any of the vendors on grounds, plus an exclusive volunteer lapel pin. Those that put in 40+ hours will receive three additional food vouchers. Each person will also receive a FREE official volunteer souvenir shirt. And last but not least, enjoy the fellowship of a great group of people!

BATTLE OF THE BUSINESSES

A WONDERFUL OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE YOUR EMPLOYEES TIME AND TALENTS WITH THE EVENT THAT PROVIDES SO MUCH TO OUR COMMUNITY!
Three business Categories

Businesses will battle it out against others with similar company size.

  • Small Business Category
    • 50 or less employees
  • Medium Business Category
    • 50 to 250 employees
  • Large Business Category
    • 250+ employees
 

One winner will be crowned from each category.

awarding of points

Businesses can recive points in a number of ways.

  • Number of employees volunteering
  • Number of hours volunteered in total for the company
  • Additional points will be given out based on which shift you work
    • 4 points for weekends shifts
    • 3 points for evenings shifts
    • 2 points for afternoons shifts
    • 1 point for morning shifts
Benefits for Businesses
  • Recognition for volunteering
  • Serve your community
  • Gain individual prizes (food vouchers, 20+ hour collectable pin, free t-shirt, etc.)
  • Free admission with each shift 
 
2023 Battle of the Businesses winners
 
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Summit Real Estate
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CHI Health St. Francis Hospital
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Mars Petcare

VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR

Haley Roush

Haley Roush

501 E. Fonner Park Road

Grand Island, NE 68801

308-385-3955

hroush@statefair.org

thank you to our Sponsors

Thanks to a strong community, Nebraska State Fair Volunteers have many supporters in their corner.

Benefactors include:1868 Foundation; Nebraska State Fair; Fonner Park; Grand Island Area Economic Development Council.

We are so thankful for their support!

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