Little Farm Hands

IMPORTANT NOTE: The following information pertains to the 2017 Minnesota State Fair.
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VOLUNTEER AT LITTLE FARM HANDS

Calling All Volunteers!

Due to the size of the exhibit and the ages of the participants, “Little Farm Hands” requires the help of many, many volunteers to guide the children and their families through the various miniature barns. The job of the volunteer is to help the farm hands maximize their experience by making sure that each simple step is completed.

Shift of Volunteers

We would like to invite your organization to volunteer for a shift at “Little Farm Hands.” As a participant, your organization would commit to providing no less than 15-20 volunteers for the exhibit for a 3.25 hour shift. (Ideally we would like 25 volunteers at all times, if possible.) The wonderful thing about this? Before or after the short 3.25 hour shift, the volunteers are able to enjoy the State Fair with a free admission ticket! Also, each volunteer will receive a “Little Farm Hands” T-shirt as a small token of our appreciation.

Day of Volunteers

We would like to invite your organization to participate in our “Day of Volunteers”. As a participant, your organization would commit to providing the volunteers for the exhibit for an entire day. In return we would name that day “Little Farm Hands - (your organization’s name here)” at Little Farm Hands.

Additional benefits would include:

  • Guaranteed Visibility: Nearly 1.9 million visitors during the fair
     
  • Public Relations: Positive reinforcement of your company and its partnership with the Great Minnesota Get-Together
     
  • On-Site Signage: On your designated day, the Minnesota State Fair will provide a sign with your company name and logo that will be displayed at “Little Farm Hands at the Fair.”

Employee Entertainment/Team Building:

Community Goodwill: The Minnesota State Fair is not only Minnesota’s most popular event, but also one of North America’s largest events. Because the Minnesota State Fair is recognized as one of the premier fairs in the country, “Little Farm Hands” provides an excellent medium for local and national exposure.

Each year, “Little Farm Hands” has an attendance of more than 150,000 visitors and was recognized as the best “Newly Established Exhibit to Promote Agriculture” by the International Association of Fairs and Expositions (IAFE), the umbrella fair organization of all fairs across the country interested in the improvement of fairs and allied fields. The exhibit went on to win “Best of Division” competing against some of the largest fairs in the nation. We are already receiving calls from other fairs across the country asking for more information on “Little Farm Hands” and all of the elements that are involved to produce an exhibit of this caliber.

General Info

2017 Minnesota State Fair Dates: Thursday, Aug. 24 through Labor Day, Sept. 4

Time Commitment: In order for the exhibit to run as smoothly as possible, it is necessary to have no less than 15-20 volunteers at the exhibit at all times between the hours of 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. *Ideally we would like 25 volunteers at all times, if possible.

Although you may choose how you would like to schedule your volunteers, we found that dividing the day into 4 equal shifts works well for most groups. The wonderful thing about this? Before or after the 3.25 hour shift, the volunteers are able to enjoy the State Fair with a free admission ticket!

"Suggested” Volunteer Shifts:

  • Shift 1: 7:30-10:30 a.m.
  • Shift 2: 10:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Shift 3: 1:15-4:30 p.m.
  • Shift 4: 4:15-7:30 p.m.

If your organization is unable to commit to providing an entire day of volunteers, we hope you will still consider signing up for this FUN and family-friendly opportunity!

If you only have 12 or eight or five volunteers, etc. that would like to volunteer for a couple of hours or shifts, please give us a call. Volunteers may choose to sign up as individuals or if they’d like to volunteer with their family or invite a couple of friends to volunteer with them, we need two to four per station. We welcome all volunteers!

Little Farm Hands Contact:

Beth Schuldt
Little Farm Hands Coordinator
Minnesota State Fair
Phone: (651) 288-4396 or email