Nevada County Fairgrounds

2017 Nevada County Fair, August 9 - 13Fair Tickets on Sale

The Nevada County Fair is the perfect opportunity to enjoy live entertainment, delicious food, carnival rides, animals, and exhibits in a community-friendly environment and at affordable family prices!.  Tickets are on sale now.


2017 Draft Horse Classic, September 21 - 24Draft Horse Classic Tickets

Join the beautiful Draft Horses at the 2017 Draft Horse Classic, September 21 – 24. 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.


Enter an Exhibit

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.

Community Involvement Day PosterCommunity Involvement Day: July 31

The Nevada County Fairgrounds is teaming up with local, nonprofit organizations – the Food Bank of Nevada County, Foothill Lions, Nevada County 2-1-1, NEO Youth Center, Story Club, Community Beyond Violence (formerly Domestic Violence Coalition), Cinderella Project, The Karing Closet, and BloodSource – on July 31 for Community Involvement Day. This is a day to donate items to these nonprofit organizations, while also receiving coupons to buy one advance special $6 Fair admission ticket and receive one free. That’s two for the price of one! Or, donate blood through BloodSource on that day and receive a free admission ticket to the Fair. The organizations will be at the Fairgrounds Gate 1 main parking lot on Monday, July 31, from 1 – 6 pm, to receive donations. For more information and a list of items to donate, visit here.  

Fairgrounds Jobs

The Nevada County Fairgrounds is hiring for the 2017 Fair season:

  • “Red Shirt” patrol
  • Clean up crew (must have valid driver’s license)
  • Parking crew
  • RV Park: Workamper

Job descriptions and the application are posted here. If you are interested in working at the Fair during the 2017 Fair season, complete the application and turn it at the Fairgrounds Office on McCourtney Road. 

New Vendor Applications

Would you like to be a vendor at the Fairgrounds?  We love our vendors, and we always welcome new vendors! New Vendor Information and Applications for 2017 events:

Nevada County Fair, August 9-13 – Fair New Vendor Application

Draft Horse Classic, September 21-24 – Draft Horse New Vendor Application

Country Christmas Faire, November 25, 26 & 27 – Christmas Faire New Vendor Application

Art at the Classic: Call for Artists

Are you interested in showcasing your artwork at the 2017 Art at the Classic?  Held during the Draft Horse Classic, this equine and western art show features more than 100 works by painters, sculptors, photographers and other fine artists.  If you are an interested artist, please complete the application below.

pdf Call for Artists: Art at the Classic

Become a Fairgrounds Foundation Member

Application Form

2017 Membership Packages

Become a Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation member today! A variety of membership packages are available, and many can be tailored to create the Fair or Draft Horse Classic package of your choice. Each membership gives you “credits” and these credits can be used towards the purchase of tickets of your choice, including carnival wristbands, parking, additional admission tickets, arena performances, or Draft Horse Classic tickets.

Become a member today! It’s easy, it’s tailored for you – and you’re supporting your community Fairgrounds while attending some pretty awesome events!

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”
14 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.