Perform at the Nebraska State Fair!


Thank you for your interest in performing at the 2021 Nebraska State Fair (NSF). The dates of the 2021 Nebraska State Fair are Friday, August 27 - Monday, Labor Day, September 6. The following material contains information about the application process for the largest entertainment event in the state!

Every submission must include the following FOUR items to be considered as a performer:

  1. Entertainment Application: The completed application provides essential information about the entertainment act and its members. Do not leave any information on the application blank. Incomplete applications will result in disqualification from the selection process. It is your responsibility to provide accurate and complete information. Please notify us immediately if any information on your application changes.  Please let us know if you would like us to release your contact information in the case of an inquiry about your act. Occasionally, we receive inquiries from the media or from parties interested in booking a performance.  By checking the box under your contact information, you will grant the NSF the permission to pass along your contact information in such a case.  Please note:  The NSF will use its best discretion in releasing your contact information.  In the case of a questionable inquiry, the NSF will contact you prior to releasing your information.
  2. Performance References: On the Entertainment Application, please include two performance references.  Do not list the NSF as a reference, as we have our entertainment history on file.
  3. Audio or Video Audition: All applications must include a demo of their performance with their application for NSF files.  If you have never performed at the NSF, or if you are a previous year's performer with new material, you will need to submit a demo.  CD's electronic music files, and YouTube links are accepted.  Audition material will not be returned.  Because we respect the livelihood of performing artists, it is NOT a requirement to submit a full, professionally produced studio album.  A CD/DVD/MP3 or YouTube link with 1-3 songs or videos is sufficient.
  4. Entertainment Application Terms and Conditions:  All act are required to return a signed copy of the Entertainment Application Terms and Conditions.

Other Information

  • The sale of merchandise is permitted. The NSF requires 20% of all merchandise sales on the Fairgrounds, including that of performing artists. 2021 performers will receive a Merchandise Agreement, outlining the NSF’s Merchandise Sales policy.
  • All acts must be family and fair friendly.
  • The NSF does not provide travel, hotel, food, alcohol or other rider amenities.
  • The NSF will provide adequate gate admission passes for performers. Passes are for performers only. Passes will not be provided to crew members, sound technicians, merchandise sellers, managers, friends, family, or any other individuals outside of the immediate performers of the act.
  • All parking on the grounds is free. Convenient parking is not guaranteed.
  • Acts performing in the Pump & Pantry Party Pit may be required to bring their own sound and lighting equipment.

Additional promotional material may be sent with your application.  However, no other material is required for consideration.  Final acceptance of all entries is at the discretion of the Nebraska State Fair and may take through the end of May 2021.  Regret letters will not be sent.  You will be contacted only if you are selected to perform at the 2021 Nebraska State Fair.

Contact Hank parker at 308.385.3927 or nevents@statefair.org with further questions.  Send all materials in one envelope or package.  Electronic music files and YouTube links can be emailed.  Please clearly label all files with the Act's name.  All mailed submissions should be addressed as follows and received by 5:00 p.m. April 30, 2021 to :  Nebraska State Fair, Attn: Hank Parker, Events Manager, P.O. Box 1387, Grand Island, NE 68802.

Registration Deadline APRIL 30, 2021

Please provide your summer contact information as all correspondence occurs during the summer months. Packets will be sent via certified mail and will require a signature. Please provide an address at which someone will be available to sign for the package.

 

Contact Information

Please write legibly as this is what will be listed in our Visitors guide, if selected.
Address
If you have an international address please add the information below.
Preferred Method Of Correspondence
This is how we will send any additional information. If a method is not selected, all information will be sent via email.

Release of Contact Information

Please let us know if you would like us to release your contact information in the case of an inquiry about your act. Occasionally, we receive inquiries from the media or from parties interested in booking a performance. By checking the boxes under your contact information, you will grant the NSF the permission to pass along your contact information in such a case. Please note: The NSF will use its best discretion in releasing your contact information. In the case of a questionable inquiry, the NSF will contact you prior to releasing your information.
Permission to release:

Performance References

Do not list the Nebraska State Fair as a reference as we have our entertainment history on file. 

First Reference

Second Reference

Audio Or Video Submission

All performers are required to include a demo of their performance with their application. If we already have your demo on file, you do not need to submit it again. If you have never performed at the NSF, or if you are a previous year's performer with new material, you will need to submit a demo.
Please select which option applies to you:
You can submit your demo one of two ways:
Mail to:

CDs or electronic media files are accepted.
Attn: Nebraska Events 
Nebraska State Fair
P.O. Box 1387
Grand Island, NE 68802

 

Email to:

Electronic media files are accepted. Please clearly label all files with the Act's name.
nevents@statefair.org

 

How will you submit your demo?

Availability

Select ALL days in which you are available to perform:

Date Preference

Select your preferred performance days/dates. Please keep in mind that weekend times are limited. You will have a better chance of being selected if you are able to perform on a weekday.

Performances

National Anthem

Perform the National Anthem at one of the many events during the State Fair, including the Opening Ceremony, antique tractor events, motorsports events, livestock events, and more! The opportunity is for experience and exposure only. Performance compensation will not be extended. If interested, please include separate performance references and a demo of your National Anthem performance. 

National Anthem Availability

Select ALL days in which you are available to perform:

National Anthem Performance Information

Check all that apply

What will you need?

Please select if you will need:

National Anthem Performance References

If you're interested in applying to sing the National Anthem, please include two performance references. If possible, please include references for which you performed the National Anthem. Do not list the Nebraska State Fair as a reference as we have our entertainment history on file.

National Anthem First Reference

National Anthem Second Reference

National Anthem Audio or Video Submission

All applicants are asked to include an audio or videotape of their National Anthem performance, regardless of past performances at the NSF. CDs, DVDs, and/or electronic media files are acceptable forms of audition material.
How will you submit your demo?

Act Description

Performance Fee

Please consider that these performances are intended to provide exposure and experience. The State Fair does not provide travel, hotel, food/beverages, alcohol, or any other rider requests.

Performance Platform

Select the type of performance platform in which you'd be interested in

Act Description

Please check all that apply:

Cover/Original Music

Please specify percentages of whether your act performs original or cover music:

Genre

Please check all genres that apply:

Production Information

What will you bring?

*Please note: Beer Garden Bands will be responsible for providing their own sound and lighting.  

What will you need?

*Please do not plan on the availability of dressing rooms. Dressing rooms (campers) are only available at two stages. They are small and communal. It is the responsibility of the act to plan their costume needs accordingly.
Please select if you will need:

How much time will you need to load-in and breakdown?

Terms And Sign-Up

By agreeing to the Entertainment Application terms and conditions, I hereby certify that I have read and agree to the information below. The person executing this Agreement on Act’s behalf warrants his/her authority to do so and is of legal age.
  • Final selection of all entertainment is at the discretion of the Nebraska State Fair (NSF).
  • This is only an application for an opportunity to perform. Submission of this application does not guarantee the Act will be selected to perform at the 2019 Nebraska State Fair, nor does it constitute any agreement to provide space, services or compensation.
  • The parties agree that the Act, and any agents and employees of the Act, are acting in an independent capacity and not as officers, employees, or agents of the Nebraska State Fair.
  • Act hereby waives all claims and recourse against the Nebraska State Fair Board, Fonner Park Exposition and Events Center, The Hall County Livestock Improvement Association, and the City of Grand Island, including the right to contribution for loss or damage to persons or property in any way connected to this Application and any subsequent Agreement, and shall indemnify and hold harmless the Nebraska State Fair Board, Fonner Park Exposition and Events Center, The Hall County Livestock Improvement Association, and the City of Grand Island from all claims due to any acts or omissions.
  • Act shall indemnify and hold harmless the Nebraska State Fair Board, Fonner Park Exposition and Events Center, The Hall County Livestock Improvement Association, and the City of Grand Island, its officers, agents and employees from any and all claims, suits or actions of every name, kind and description brought forth from, or on account of, injuries to or death of any person including, but not limited to, workers and the public, or damage to property resulting from the performance at the Nebraska State Fair.
  • The Nebraska State Fair takes place rain or shine. Most performance locations are either indoors or covered. In the case of adverse weather, payment will only be made if artist is on-site, at the place of performance, and willing and able to perform.
  • Act is expected to dress appropriately for a family atmosphere.
  • Act is expected to conduct him/her/themselves in a fashion suitable for family oriented fun.
  • By agreeing to perform at the Nebraska State Fair, 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, promotion and publicity purposes without limitation or reservation, and without any right to compensation for that reproduction/use.