Nebraska State Fair: Volunteers Needed!

Now calling all worker bees!

The Nebraska State Fair will be here before we know it. This year the fair is  from Friday, August 24 – Monday, September 3, 2018. During this time the NBA has a booth that sells education materials related to beekeeping, clothing, wax products, and most notably… HONEY ICE CREAM and live observation hives!!!

This booth is the primary fundraiser for our youth scholarship program and we need your help!

Click here to volunteer!

Tasks of a volunteer:
  • Chatting with other volunteers and visitors
  • Handling payment when visitors purchase items
  • Sharing your knowledge of beekeeping including how many times you’ve been stung!
Benefits of volunteering:
  • Meet and chat with other Nebraska beekeepers
  • Free access to the fair the day you are scheduled to work
  • A FREE serving of honey ice cream

Each day of the fair there are four timeslots available. We ask that all volunteers show up at least 10-15 minutes before your shift starts. This allows the previous workers time to share any updates with you!

  • Day Manager: 8am-9pm
  • Morning: 9am-3pm
  • Afternoon: 12pm-6pm
  • Evening: 3pm-9pm

Sign up now to guarantee a spot that works in your schedule at Before the event you will receive communication from the NBA including how to pick up your fair tickets and tips for the shift.

If you have any questions, please send an email to

More information about the Nebraska State Fair including the Bee Culture Open Class rules and schedule of events (and concerts) can be found at


2018 Bee Fun Day

Sunday, June 24, 2018

8:00 am-4:00 pm

UNL Eastern Nebraska Research and Extension Center (formally ARDC)

1071 County Road G, Ithaca, Nebraska

Learning opportunities for all levels!

Classroom presentations: Queen breeding and genetics – management practices

Learn something new: Honey bee nutrition and stressors including pesticides

Hands-on activities:  Live demonstrations, encaustic art (+ make & take!) 

Register now online or download the form below and submit payment***:


Download the PDF version of the schedule: 2018 NBA fun day Agenda (updated 6/21/18)

Presentations by:

Steve Sheppard, Washington State University

Dr. Sheppard is the Entomology Department Chair at Washington State University and he leads the Apis Molecular Systematics Laboratory and the WSU honey bee breeding program to develop honey bee stocks that exhibit a measure of resistance or tolerance to common honey bee pathogens and parasites. His team has also been enhancing US honey bee diversity through importation of honey bee semen from Old World sources, evaluation of progeny and release of germplasm to the queen production industry.


Becky Masterman, University of Minnesota

Becky Masterman has led the UMN Bee Squad program since 2013.  The Bee Squad communicates the latest bee research to audiences that are passionate about helping bees and finds innovative ways to not just help bees, but also help people. Now Bee Veterans, Bee Arts and projects that train others who might not have had access to beekeeping are part of the Bee Squad. Additionally, the Bee Squad has launched a national beekeeper citizen science project in an effort to fight the deadly mite pest, Varroa destructor. Learn more about bee research and the outreach mission of the Bee Squad at

Other notable presentations and activities:

Melanie Kirby, Washington State University

Dr. Matthew Smart, University of Nebraska – Lincoln

Scott O’Neil, University of Nebraska – Lincoln

Craig Romary, Nebraska Department of Agriculture

Jennifer Williams, University of Nebraska – Lincoln

Judy Wu-Smart, University of Nebraska – Lincoln, UNL Bee Lab

Silent Auction, Bid on items and help support the NBA scholarship

Live Demonstrations, Vendor Booths & Door Prizes!

Schedule of Events:

Please plan your travel accordingly. Presentations will start promptly at 9:00am.

7:30-8:00 am: Registration

8-12 pm: Presentations

12 pm: Lunch

1- 2:30 pm: Presentations

3:30 pm: Closing remarks

Registration Fees:

Early Bird (Postmarked by 6/11/18): NBA Member: $35, non-member*: $50

Regular (Paid after 6/12-22/18): NBA Member: $45, non-member*: $60

Day of Event (Paid after 6/12-22/18): NBA Member: $50, non-member*: $65

~ Add’l family member: $12/person

~ Kids 12yrs and under: $0

We appreciate registration before the day of the event. This allows us to prepare not only the meals, but other fun things for all of our guests!

* Each non-member registration includes a one year family membership to the NBA.

** 2018 Scholarship Families: Free registration for scholarship youth, 1 guardian, & mentor.

***$3 add’l fee to process paper mailings.  Help us and your checkbook by registering online!


From Lincoln, Interstate-80 Exit 405: 

  • North on US-77 N: 17.6 miles
  • Turn east (right) on NE-66E: 7.0 miles
  • UNL-ARDC will be on the south (right) side of the road.
  • Please park in the west parking lot. 

Time considerations: approx. 40 minutes from I-80, exit 405.

Using GPS?: Use “1071 Co Rd G, Mead, NE”