GRAND ISLAND, Neb.-- Last year hundreds of volunteers put in more than 11,000 hours at the Nebraska State Fair. Tuesday helpers gathers for the Volunteer Kickoff.
The Grand Island Chamber of Commerce says that volunteers from around Nebraska help save the State Fair about $500,000, money that can then be put towards making the State Fair as great as it is.
The Chamber said the number of volunteers has continued to rise every year. So Tuesday's Volunteer Kickoff was open to the public to gain more volunteers for all the jobs at the state fair.
We have approximately 300 individuals who have committed to attending this evening. Right now the State Fair has identified a need of approximately 800 individuals," said Chamber President Cindy Johnson before the Kickoff.
Chamber Volunteer and Program Coordinator Dana Miller added, "There's a large variety of volunteer positions, but some of the ones that have consistently been here in the past 4 years are the gate greaters, information kiosk attendees, stage greeters, then we also have the special events throughout the fair and then there's tons other but those are just a few that pop to my mind."
The Chamber said they have many people who have volunteered multiple times and call before the Kickoff is even announced to find out how they can volunteer.
During the Kickoff those in attendance were able to be the first to sign up to volunteer in 2014.