Nevada County Fair Schedules Livestock Meeting

Nevada County Fair officials have scheduled a livestock meeting for Tuesday, September 5, to review the 2017 Fair’s livestock exhibits and to plan for the 2018 Fair.

The meeting will be held at 6 pm in Sugar Pine Lodge at the Nevada County Fairgrounds (Gate 1) on McCourtney Road. FFA advisors, 4-H leaders, Grange leaders, exhibitors and others interested in the Nevada County Fair livestock exhibits are invited to participate. While no specific timing is assigned to each species, the critique order is small animals, goats, beef, sheep and swine.

The livestock meeting is set each year following the Fair so that those involved in the Fair’s livestock exhibits can review and discuss what worked, as well as recommend improvements for the following year.

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Sierra Brewfest: Saturday, August 26

Looking for something fun to do on Saturday (August 26)? How about the Sierra Brewfest at the Nevada County Fairgrounds! Sample more than 50 hand-crafted beers at this unlimited microbrew tasting experience. Enjoy delicious food from local food trucks and restaurants, enter the Bagg-O tournament to win prizes, and enjoy musical entertainment. The Sierra Brewfest is a benefit for Music in the Mountains. Tickets can be purchased at BriarPatch, SPD markets, online at SierraBrewfest.com, or at the gate. Photos by Music in the Mountains.
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Another Example of Community Support for Youth in Agriculture

Another example of our community supporting youth in agriculture. Check out these beautiful projects made by local high school students and purchased from the Ag Mechanics Auction. Thank you, Riebes Auto Parts, for your ongoing support of the Nevada County Fair and the youth of our county! Welcome sign by Chana Ferguson, cross in window by Amanda Perry, piano bar by Kalie Bisagno, and transmission table by Christoph Paul.
 
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Thank You for Supporting Local Youth in Agriculture

Wow! Together, this year’s Junior Livestock Auction and Ag Mechanics Auction grossed more than $586,000 (which includes $67,000 in bumps) for our local youth! Thank you to all the buyers and businesses for supporting Nevada County’s youth in agriculture and our next generation!
 
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Thank you, Nevada County!

…and just like that, it’s over.   Thank you to our dedicated Fair team, volunteers, sponsors, service organizations, Fair-goers, and our amazing community for making the 2017 Fair a success. Let the planning for the 2018 Fair begin. Photo by Lenkaland Photography.

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Thank You to Our Presenting Sponsors

A big thank you to Cirino’s at Main Street, Hansen Bros. Enterprises, and Byers for their tremendous support as this year’s Nevada County Fair Presenting Sponsors. These sponsors, as well as our more than 70 community partners, help to fund different Fair activities and services at the Fair, and we are so thankful for their community support!  
 
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Nevada County Fair: August 9 – 13

With a theme of “Sea You at the Fair,” this year’s Nevada County Fair is happening August 9 – 13 at the tree-covered Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley. The Nevada County Fair features five days of fun for Fair-goers of all ages, and is the perfect opportunity to listen to ongoing musical entertainment, eat delicious food, enjoy carnival rides and games, visit barns full of animals, and see thousands of exhibits – all in a community-friendly environment.

New this year is the Stingray Encounter, where Fair-goers can view, touch and learn about stingrays; the Beachcomber Area, which features a giant sandbox; a Bubble Gum Blow Off and a Frozen T-Shirt Challenge in the Special Events Tent; several robotics displays; and Michael Mesmer’s “Strange Magic,” featuring optical illusions and magic. Check out the livestock obstacle courses, the hay bucking contest, horse and stock dog demonstrations, and the small animal costume contests.

In the arena, Wednesday and Thursday night is the Flying U Extreme Rodeo; Friday and Saturday night features Tuff Trucks and Monster Trucks; and Sunday night is the popular Destruction Derby. All arena events begin at 7 pm.

Enjoy ongoing, musical entertainment at one of the two outdoor stages featuring more than 25 musicians and bands during the Fair. Enjoy rock and roll, traditional country, reggae, classic rock, Chicago blues, and West Coast blues. Or, check out the tribute bands – The Rhythm Vandals (Santana Tribute) and Starpeople (a tribute to the Rolling Stones).

Enter one of the special contests for adults and kids held daily in the Special Events tent. There’s a Bubble Gum Blow Off, a Frozen Shirt Challenge, Jell-O Eating Contest, Duct Tape Art Challenge, Live Art Battle, “Minute to Win It” fun, squash mobile races, and nightly karaoke. No pre-registration required – just show up and have fun.

A visit to the Fair wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Treat Street. It is here that you’ll find an array of delicious foods and drinks – pasties, tacos, corn on the cob, beer, pulled pork sandwiches, baked potatoes, nachos, hamburgers, corn dogs, caramel corn, and more. When you eat on Treat Street, you are supporting local nonprofit organizations.

Tickets are on sale now. To purchase tickets, visit here or you can purchase your tickets at the gate.  

The Nevada County Fairgrounds is located at 11228 McCourtney Road in Grass Valley. For a list of daily activities, event details, tickets, or general information, visit here or call (530) 273-6217.

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Roger Ingram Receives 2017 Blue Ribbon Award

Roger Ingram of Grass Valley has been named the 2017 Blue Ribbon Award recipient by the Nevada County Fairgrounds Board of Directors. The award was created by Western Fairs Association (WFA), a nonprofit trade association serving the Fair industry, to recognize those who support and contribute to the quality of their local Fair. Roger is recognized for his contributions to the agriculture programs at the Nevada County Fairgrounds.

Roger’s involvement with the Fair began in 1986 when he started with the UC Cooperative Extension (UCCE). From 1986 – 1993, he served as the 4-H/Livestock and Natural Resources Advisor in Nevada County. His primary responsibility was management of the 4-H program; and, specifically, at the Nevada County Fair, he organized and conducted a livestock judging contest until 1995. He has been instrumental in coordinating carcass quality programs for Fair animals and working with exhibitors and leaders to understand the data and to use it to improve their feeding and management practices.

Additionally, from 2006 – 2011, Roger gave a series of agriculture-related presentations at the Fair as part of the series of workshops coordinated by the Nevada County Resource Conservation District.

Roger became the UCCE Livestock and Natural Resources Advisor in 1993, and the County Director in 2007. During this time, he helped with the development of Nevada County Grown, worked with local meat producers on marketing and processing issues, and worked extensively on agricultural policies and regulations.  He has also been involved with the Nevada County Farm Bureau, Nevada County Agricultural Commission, Nevada County Grown, Tahoe Cattlemen’s Association, and Gold Country Sheep Producers Association. Roger retired earlier this year.

“For decades, Roger has been an advocate of local youth in agriculture, particularly the youth at the Nevada County Fair,” said Rea Callender, CEO of the Nevada County Fairgrounds. “His contributions to the agriculture programs at the Fairgrounds have educated adults and children.  Whether it’s participating in the annual Farm Day, assisting with agricultural youth programs, serving as a guest speaker in the seminar series at the Fair, or assisting the kids at the Fair – his work is invaluable.”

“I am both honored and humbled to receive the Blue Ribbon Award,” said Roger. “The Nevada County Fair holds such a deep connection with local residents, and it has been an honor to serve the residents of Nevada County.”

Roger will be recognized at Opening Day Ceremony of the Fair on August 9. 

 

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Treat Street Fun Facts: Northern Mines Girl Scout Slushie Booth

Treat Street fun facts: Did you know that in 2016, the Northern Mines Girl Scout Slushie Booth used more than 600 pounds of ice? And that it takes 125 volunteers to run this popular booth? This year’s flavors are Orange Juliette, Lemon Lush and Peach Paradise, and when you purchase a drink from this booth, money is used by individual troops for camping and adventure trips, uniforms, badges and books, donations to local charitable organizations by the girls and their leaders, and a yearly scholarship. Thank you, Girl Scouts, for all your hard work – and for making delicious slushies!

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Special Contests Each Day at the Nevada County Fair

At the Nevada County Fair, August 9 – 13, there are exciting contests and activities happening each day of the Fair! Here are a few of the fun contests planned for this year’s Fair.

New this year is the Bubble Gum Blow Off on Friday from 3:30 – 4:30 pm. The biggest bubble in each category will earn the biggest prizes, and bubble gum blowers of all ages are invited to join the fun. Also new is the Frozen T-Shirt Challenge on Thursday and Sunday from 3 – 4:30 pm. Shirts are doused with water, scrunched and frozen; and the object is to be the first to thaw the t-shirt and successfully fit your head and arms into the shirt. Entrants receive a free t-shirt.  

With the “Sea You at the Fair!” theme, we have fun activities like the Pool Noodle Sea Life, where Fair-goers turn pool noodle pieces into floating sail boats and other seafaring critters on Thursday and Friday from 2 – 3 pm; Egg Carton Sea Creatures on Wednesday and Thursday from 1 – 2 pm; and Fun in the Sun Kids Games featuring pool noodle games, beach ball hockey and turtle relays on Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from noon – 1 pm.

A returning favorite this year is the Jell-O Eatin’ Contest on Wednesday from 3:30 – 4:30 pm. Be the first to finish a bowl of Jell-O and whipped cream without using your hands! Also returning this year is the Live Art Battle on Saturday from 1:30 – 4:30 pm.  Artists of all ages will have 20 minutes to create a painting, and then the audience will vote for their favorite. All supplies provided. Entry forms are available online or at the Fair Office.

If you love creating with Duct Tape, don’t miss the Duct Tape Art Challenge.  Kids and adults will have 30 minutes to create an item or thing. Some tape will be available for use; however, if your project requires specific colors/patterns or supplies, please provide. Happening on Sunday; kids contest at 1 pm; adults 1:45 pm.

We’ve also got Seafaring Squash Mobile Races on Friday at noon, “Minute to Win It” fun each day from 4:30 – 5:30 pm, and karaoke happening every night from 8 – 11 pm and Sunday from 8 – 10 pm.

There are no entry forms for these events (except Live Art Battle) – just show up 15 minutes early at the Special Events Tent and get ready to play. Lots of fun and great prizes!

For a complete list of special contests and activities at this year’s Fair, August 9 – 13, visit here.

 

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