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Volunteer Opportunities

If your non-profit organization is looking to make a difference and contribute to the Dakota County Fair while fundraising, I would love to hear from you! Each summer, the Dakota County Fair contracts with non-profit organizations to operate certain areas of the fair as a means of raising funds for their activities. It serves as an alternative to traditional fundraising like car washes and bake sales while developing teamwork and camaraderie in an exciting atmosphere. We are proud of our program and hope that it can help make a difference and help your organization reach your fundraising goals.

The Dakota County Fair non-profit program has supported churches, youth sports, food banks, booster clubs, private schools and civic groups. In addition to potentially raising funds for their organizations, groups learn to work as a team and operate in an honest, ethical, and enjoyable atmosphere.

Volunteer Group Rates and Rules (PLEASE READ):

A 4 hour shift with 5 kids and 1 adult or 5 adults will be an $200 donation to your non-profit group. If your group works two 4-hour shifts then your group will receive $400.00 donation.

  • Group must be a non-profit, tax-exempt group, as defined in Section 501 of the Internal Revenue Code.
  • You are able to sign up for as many shifts that your group would like to. Please make sure you show up for your shifts. We will not have enough staff on hand or extra volunteers to cover shifts when nobody shows up.
  • Once you have agreed to be available for a particular shift, we count on you to be there. In the event you are unable to be at your shift, please call the volunteer coordinator at 651-463-6900.
  • Volunteers must be at least 13 years of age to work, and must enjoy working with all types of people. An adult is considered as anyone over 18 years of age. They must show a genuine concern for the company. A willingness to work hard, get dirty, and pitch in wherever needed. The ideal volunteer is self-motivated, mature, sensitive, dependable, a team player and reliable.
  • Safety is important to all of us. Volunteers should conduct themselves in a way that promotes safety of themselves, coworkers, and clients. Volunteers should never put themselves or others into a situation that makes them fearful or uncomfortable. If you feel uncomfortable, please notify a staff member immediately.

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