Auction Totals Up! Thank You for Supporting Youth in Agriculture!

Wow! This year’s Junior Livestock Auction and Ag Mechanics Auction together grossed more than $670,000 (which includes $64,000 in bumps) for our local youth! A record setting year!! Thank you to all the buyers and businesses for supporting Nevada County’s youth in agriculture. What an amazing community!

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Thank You to Our Fair Partners!

A big thank you to Cirino’s At Main Street, Hansen Bros Enterprises, and That’s Byers for their support as this year’s Nevada County Fair Presenting Sponsors. These sponsors, as well as our more than 80 community partners, help to fund different Fair activities and services at the Fair (free shuttle to the Fair, water station, and Special Events Tent games and prizes just to name a few) and we are so thankful for their community support! Thank you for helping us make the 2018 Fair a success!

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Fairgrounds Foundation Scholarship Winners: Catharine Renner & Justin Kilgore

Congratulations to Catharine Renner and Justin Kilgore, recipients of this year’s Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation Scholarships. The Foundation scholarship is awarded to local high school students who exhibit in the Fair, attend the Fairgrounds Foundation’s speaker series, and write an essay explaining what they learned from the speaker series. Catharine graduated from Bear River and will attend UC Davis this fall as a Nutritional Science major in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Justin also graduated from Bear River and will attend Butte College in the fall, where he’ll be playing baseball at the college and pursing a career in agriculture. Both Catharine and Justin will be exhibiting at this year’s Fair – both will be showing market steers and Justin’s Ag Mechanics project won best of show – so stop by and congratulate them!

 

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Treat Street Fun Facts: Nevada City Chamber of Commerce

Treat Street Fun Facts:  The Nevada City Chamber of Commerce redid its Treat Street booth last year and it’s beautiful!  Did you know that they serve approximately 3,000 burgers during the Fair and that it takes about 140 volunteers to get through the Fair? They also serve delicious root beer floats! The money made at the booth during the Fair goes to help fund community events like Summer Nights and Victorian Christmas.  Thank you, Nevada City Chamber, for all you do for our community!

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Treat Street Fun Facts: Bratwurst Booth

Treat Street Fun Facts: In the early 1970’s a couple from Nevada City United Methodist Church were traveling in Germany when they came upon a local festival selling bratwurst. They so enjoyed them that they brought the idea back to the church to sell them at the county fair.  The church got approval from the Fair, moved into their booth (still at its original location), and today they are one of the oldest vendors on Treat Street! Each year they sell about 3,500 brats and proceeds contribute to the church, which prides itself in offering support all year long to local and global causes. Thank you to all the volunteers for serving delicious brats during the Fair! 

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Fair Family of the Year: Prechter Family

Mark and Michelle Prechter have been named the 2018 Family of the Year by the Nevada County Fair’s Board of Directors. The Board chose the Prechter Family for their ongoing commitment to and participation in the livestock program at the Nevada County Fair.

Mark and Michelle, who met and married in Montana, moved to Nevada County in 2000. Mark, who had grown up showing in 4-H, took Michelle to the Nevada County Fair and they immediately fell in love with the tree covered grounds, the friendly atmosphere and Treat Street. Michelle remembers that first Fair, where she was pregnant with their first child, and “eating her way through Treat Street.” After buying some property and a small herd of cattle, they quickly became involved in agriculture and soon the Nevada County Fair.

That involvement increased as they had children. Today, they have helped at the Fair in the show arenas, volunteered at the Foundation Station, served as leaders in the barns, and are strong advocates for youth in agriculture. They also spend countless hours in the livestock barns helping their two girls prepare their animals for the Fair. 

The Prechters, who will celebrate their 18th wedding anniversary this year, have two daughters – Maddie and Rylee – who are also active in the Fair. Both girls have been competing at the Fair since they were five years old showing everything from pygmy goats to market eggs to entering the ugliest cake contest. The last several years the girls have shown market steer, and this year Rylee will show a market lamb and Maddie will show a market steer and Angus Heifers.  Both girls have their own breeding stock and have placed in the top 10 with the California Junior Livestock Association.  Maddie graduated this year and will attend Butte College to study Animal Science and Ag Business, and Rylee is a Sophomore at Bear River who also loves volleyball.

“The Fair is important to us because it has taught our girls to stay humble when they win and to be gracious when they lose,” says Michelle. “Raising livestock and having the opportunity to show animals at the Nevada County Fair has taught them responsibility, given them confidence, and, most importantly, how to work together as a team.”

When asked about their favorite memory at the Fair, Michelle says there are several. “Being at the Fair is a vacation in a crazy kind of way. It’s our time together and it’s us working alongside our friends and community. We look back on all the years we’ve been at the Fair and we realize what a significant impact it’s had on our lives and the raising of our children.”

Her other favorite memory happened in 2014 when Maddie won Supreme Champion Steer and Rylee won Reserve Supreme Champion Steer.  And last year, 2017, Maddie and Rylee both won Large Animal Master Showmanship (Maddie won the FFA Large Animal Master Showmanship and Rylee won the 4-H Large Animal Master Showmanship).  Says Michelle, “they are an amazing team, work great together and always help each other reach their goals.”

When not at the Fair, the Prechters lead an equally busy schedule. In addition to working full time raising commercial cattle (that small herd has grown and become a full-time business), Mark is a full-time farrier and Michelle is a preschool teacher at United Auburn Indian Community.  They are also members of the Nevada County Livestock Producers and Michelle serves as the secretary of the Bear River FFA Ag Boosters. Additionally, both have served as
4-H Leaders and as Nevada County Beef Advisors.

The Prechter Family will be honored at the Fair’s opening ceremony and will also receive a family portrait by Shaffers Originals of Grass Valley.  This year’s Nevada County Fair is August 8 – 12. 

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Goat Yoga at the Nevada County Fair

Yes, goat yoga is a thing! And, yes, we will have goat yoga at this year’s Nevada County Fair! So excited!! Goat Yoga will be happening at the Special Events Tent at 11 am on Saturday (August 11). Sign ups begin at 10 am, participation is limited to the first 40 people, and yoga attire is required. What fun for our Fair-goers!! Want to see what goat yoga looks like? Check out this video

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Fair Tickets on Sale Now: Buy Early and Save

Tickets for the Nevada County Fair are on sale now. Purchase your admission, carnival tickets, and arena event tickets before the Fair begins and save time and money! The Fair Office is open Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm, and Guest Services will be open specifically for ticket sales on Saturday, August 4 and Sunday, August 5 from 10 am to 5 pm on both days. You can also save time by purchasing your Fair tickets online at NevadaCountyFair.com.

Buy your admission tickets before August 7 at 5 pm and get an admission ticket for $7. You can also take advantage of other presale offers, including a five-day Fair pass with unlimited entry for $30, an event parking pass for $25, or a carnival ride bracelet (good for unlimited rides on any one day) for $25.

Now is the time to also purchase your arena event tickets – including tickets to this year’s all new Truck and Tractor Pulls! Tickets are on sale now for the Flying U Extreme Rodeo on Wednesday, Truck and Tractor Pulls on Thursday night, Monster Trucks and Tough Trucks on Friday and Saturday night, and the Destruction Derby on Sunday night.

There are several ways to get your Fair tickets early. Purchase them online at NevadaCountyFair.com, stop by the Fair Office on McCourtney Road, or call the Fair Office at (530) 273-6217 by August 7 at 5 pm. The Fair Office at Gate 1 is open Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm, and Guest Services at Gate 1 will also be open on Saturday, August 4, and Sunday, August 5, from 10 am to 5 pm on both days.

After August 7, ticket prices for the Fair are $9 for adults, $7 for seniors, $5 for children
6-12, and free to children under the age of 5. There are also new special promotions on each day of the Fair:

• Wednesday: Scholar Students Day
Free admission for Nevada County Honor Roll students until 5 pm
(by invitation only from the Nevada County Superintendent of Schools)

• Thursday: Community Day
Free coupon book with coupons for Treat Street, souvenirs and the Draft Horse Classic
for the first 10,000 customers.
Free admission for disabled persons until 5 pm

• Friday: Family Friday
Free parking in Fair lots until noon
One free carnival ride coupon for first 500 guests

• Saturday: Military Appreciation Day
Free admission for active and retired military (who show ID) until 5 pm

• Sunday: Sunday Funday
Free admission for children 12 and under until 5 pm

This year’s Nevada County Fair is August 8 – 12 and it is filled with “Bushels of Fun!” The phone number is (530) 273-6217 and the website is NevadaCountyFair.com.

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