Last year, due to the pandemic, there were only about 200 volunteers. Normally, they have averaged 800 volunteers since the fair first arrived at Fonner Park in 2010.
âIt’s been going very well so far,â she said of the 2021 recruiting process. âWe feel like a huge wave of people have come to sign up. We’re seeing a lot of new people, such as new retirees, stay-at-home moms, and those who haven’t tried or considered volunteering in the past, are giving it a try this year.
Last year, due to concerns about the pandemic and the fact that a vaccine was not yet available at the time of the fair, many people were reluctant to volunteer at the fair. Many of the volunteers are older people, who were also the most vulnerable to the virus.
The volunteer program was a big plus for the state fair, as volunteers average around 15,000 hours during the fair.
Lierman said recruiting this year is a bit slower than in previous years. People are still a little cautious about the pandemic, especially as variants of the virus are making headlines around the world.
“If we’ve learned anything last year, there’s always a fear of the unknown and people are a little more careful than they usually would be, but we still get a great response from our volunteers,” she declared.