Nevada County Fairgrounds

May 1 Volunteer Work Day

After more than a year without events, California’s Most Beautiful Fairgrounds needs some spring cleaning. An enthusiastic group of Nevada County Fairgrounds’ lovers is planning a May 1 work day. Individuals, families, service organizations, high school students and everyone willing to roll up their sleeves are invited to trim bushes, clean garden beds, spread compost, prep lawns for mowing, pressure wash and paint, whack weeds, rake pine needles, and pick up pine cones, sticks and trash.

There are two four hour shifts to choose from on May 1 – 8 AM to noon and noon to 4 PM. Pre-registration is required, so sign up by completing the volunteer application form and then contacting Roxanne at 530-913-6259 or  for details. 

2021 Nevada County Fair Slogan Contest Winner

“The Fair is Back in Town!” is the slogan for the 2021 Nevada County Fair. Congratulations to Lisa Vaughan of Grass Valley for submitting the winning slogan, based on the inspiration of optimism, resiliency, and coming together as a community. We received more than 150 entries in our contest to find the slogan for the 2021 Fair.  Thank you to all who entered the theme contest!

Fairgrounds Open to Walkers 

The Nevada County Fairgrounds are open to walkers and bicyclists from 8 am to 4 pm Monday – Friday (excluding holidays). Walkers should go through Gate 1 to enter the grounds (all other gates will remain closed), a waiver should be completed at the gate, and following social distancing protocol is required.  As a reminder, dogs are allowed on the grounds during these hours; however, they must remain on leash at all times. The Youth Hub/Distance Learning Center at Main Street Center is also open Monday – Friday.  

We Are Your Nevada County Fairgrounds

Despite the cancellation of the 2020 Nevada County Fair, we are still here. We are your Nevada County Fairgrounds.

Established in 1884, the Nevada County Fair is one of the county’s oldest community institutions. Adaptability and innovation are part of our history. During WWII, the Fair was canceled for several years, the Draft Horse Classic was displaced during the 49er Fire, and now the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic will be part of our story. We will prove, as we have time and again, that as a Fairgrounds and as a community we are stronger together.

There are many questions right now, but the one we hear the most often is, “Can I help?” The answer is a resounding “Yes!”  Please consider donating, advocating, or joining the Fairgrounds Foundation in support of the Nevada County Fairgrounds. Visit here to learn more. 

Thank you, Nevada County, for voting the Nevada County Fair as the “Best Local Event” for 18 years in a row! The Fair also received “Best Place to Take the Kids” and the Fairgrounds was runner up for “Best Event Venue” and “Best Place to Cycle.” We are truly honored and we appreciate the support we constantly receive from our awesome community. Thank you!

Except for service dogs, no dogs or other pets are allowed on the grounds during events. Pets providing emotional support, well-being, comfort or companionship are not recognized as service animals under ADA regulations and are not permitted.