Nevada County Fairgrounds

2018 Draft Horse Classic, September 21 - 23, Grass Valley, CA

Draft Horse Classic Tickets

Join the beautiful Draft Horses at the 2018 Draft Horse Classic, September 21 – 23. The Classic is the premier Draft Horse show in the western United States, and features six majestic performances, along with non-stop entertainment in between classes. Draft Horse Classic Tickets are on sale now.


Grounds Closed to Walkers and Bicyclists May 21 – 28 

In preparation for the Strawberry Music Festival, May 24 – 27, the Nevada County Fairgrounds will be closed to pedestrians – walkers and bicyclists – beginning Monday, May 21.  The Fairgrounds will reopen its gates to walkers and bicyclists as usual on Tuesday, May 29.  This closure does not affect the Main Office, which is open during its normal business hours. If you are interested in attending the Strawberry Music Festival, visit here 


Job Fair

The Nevada County Fairgrounds will host a Job Fair to fulfill its hiring needs for the 2018 Fair season.  The Nevada County Fair Job Fair will be held on Tuesday, June 5 from 3 – 6 pm at Main Street Center, located at Gate 1, at the Nevada County Fairgrounds.  If you are interested in working at the Fairgrounds during the 2018 Fair season, plan to attend.  Applications will be collected and interviews conducted onsite.  Jobs available include: 

  • Gate cashiers
  • Ticket monitors
  • “Red Shirt” patrol
  • Exhibit crew
  • Clean up crew
  • Parking crew

Job descriptions and the application are available here.


Nevada County Fair – Enter an Exhibit

We have five days of excitement and fun planned for Fair-goers of all ages, August 8 – 12. The Nevada County Fair is the perfect opportunity to enjoy musical entertainment, delicious food, carnival rides, animals, and exhibits in a community-friendly environment and at affordable family prices! Tickets go on sale June 1.

Enter an Exhibit in the Fair: If you can make it, bake it, grow it, or show it, we have a category for you. It’s easy, it’s fun, and most categories are free! The Competition Handbook includes all the information you need to enter exhibits in this year’s Fair. The book is available on-line here, at the Fair Office and at various locations around town.


2018 Fair Applications

Community Showcase: Do you have a dance group you’d like to see perform at the Fair? Does your group have a skill they’d like to demonstrate to Fair-goers? Want to do a martial arts demonstration, a cheerleading demonstration, or show off your baton twirling skills? The Nevada County Fair is now accepting applications for community acts and demonstration to perform at the 2018 Nevada County Fair, August 8-12. There is no paid compensation for community showcases and demonstrations. To apply, complete the online or PDF Application below. To be considered, applications must be returned by June 1.

opens new page Community Showcase Application (view online, fill out & submit)
opens a pdf Community Showcase Application (print, fill out & mail in)

New Vendors: Would you like to be a vendor at the Fair, August 8-12?  We love our vendors, and we always welcome new vendors!

Fair New Vendor Application


2018 Draft Horse Classic Applications

New Vendors: Would you like to be a vendor or concessionaire at the Draft Horse Classic, September 21 – 23? Applications now being accepted:

Draft Horse Classic New Vendor Application

Call for Artists (Art at the Classic):  Are you interested in showcasing your artwork at Art at the Classic or purchasing a booth space at Art at the Classic? Details can be found here, or complete the applications below. 

     Art at the Classic Entry Form (Artwork Only)

     Art at the Classic Booth Space Application


2018 Country Christmas Faire Applications

New Vendors: Are you interested in being a vendor at the 2018 Country Christmas Faire, November 23 – 25? If so, complete and submit the vendor application. We look forward to hearing from you and welcoming you to the 2018 Country Christmas Faire.


Summer Hours

Effective immediately, the Nevada County Fairgrounds will return to its summer hours, which means that the Fairgrounds inner grounds and gates will be open during the week and on the weekends from 8 am to 4:30 pm. The inner grounds and gates will be open during the week and weekends to walkers and bicyclists, but all must be off the grounds when the gates lock at 4:30 pm. The summer hours only apply to the inner grounds and gate closures; it does not affect the Fairgrounds Administration Office, the RV Park at the Fairgrounds, or any events that are taking place on the grounds during the summer months or on the weekends. 


2018 Music Festivals at the Fairgrounds

We’ve got world-class music festivals at the Nevada County Fairgrounds! Check out the schedule below:

All wonderful! All unique!


Sponsorship Opportunities

Thank you to the many sponsors who support our community Fairgrounds’ events! Truly, your partnership makes a difference!

Interested in year-round sponsorship, or sponsoring one of our popular community events? There are a multitude of opportunities available! Visit our Sponsorship Page.




Nevada County Fair:
Voted “Nevada County’s Best Event”
16 Years in a Row!


As a reminder, pets are not allowed on the grounds during Fairgrounds-Sponsored Events, except for those canines entered in Fair competitions or assisting a disabled visitor or participant.