Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Cornhusker State Games?

The Cornhusker State Games is Nebraska's amateur sports festival. The sports offered provide a broad appeal to athletes of all ages and abilities, ranging from highly competitive Olympic sports to those that are more recreational and geared to participation. There's something for everyone!

The Cornhusker State Games, organized in 1985, has become a midsummer tradition attracting thousands of Nebraskans to Lincoln from throughout the state.

The main mission of the Cornhusker State Games is offering good, wholesome family-oriented activities and abundant fun. Beyond that, the organization takes pride that its competition exposes a multitude of Nebraskans to the benefits of physical fitness, well-being and good sportsmanship.

When and where will the 2018Cornhusker State Games be held?

July 20-29. Events are held in Lincoln, Omaha and surrounding communities.

Who can compete?

All Nebraskans! Athletes must, however, reside in Nebraska for at least 30 days prior to competition and have amateur status in the sport in which they enter.High school athletes may enter, provided they abide by the rules of the Nebraska School Activities Association. College athletes are eligible under national collegiate rules.Special Olympics and disabled athletes also have the opportunity to compete in a variety of sports.

Exception for non-Nebraska athletes: The National Congress of State Games, the membership organization of the Cornhusker State Games, has recently amended its residency requirement to allow non-resident participation in State Games events by residents of states that have no State Games program and residents of states whose State Games program does not offer their sport of choice. The Nebraska Sports Council, in order to foster State Games interest in non-member states, has agreed to allow non-resident participation in a limited number of sports on this basis.

How does one register?

There are multiple ways to register for the Cornhusker State Games:

1) Register online
2) Complete a printable entry form
3) Register over the phone at 402-471-2544

What all does the entry fee cover?

All participants receive an athlete packet that includesan athlete t-shirt, apass to SportFest and the Opening Ceremonies, a copy of the award winning Nebraska Sports Council Yearbook, coupons, sponsor gifts, and of course, the thrill of competition.

Are there awards?

Custom gold, silver, and bronze medals are awarded to the top three competitors in each event for most sports. Commemorative medals are awarded to all athletes registered for non-competitive sports. Some sports offer other prizes such as gift cards and athletic gear.

Additional questions?

Contact the Cornhusker State Games office at or call 402-471-2544.