Press Releases

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Recent Press Releases

Seeking Community Showcase Acts For The Nevada County Fair

The Nevada County Fair is now accepting applications for local entertainers and community acts to perform at the 2017 Nevada County Fair, August 9 – 13…(more)

Nevada County Fairgrounds Begins Summer Hours, Effective Immediately

Effective immediately, the Nevada County Fairgrounds will return to its summer hours. This change in hours means that the Fairgrounds’ inner-grounds, gates and public restrooms will be open during the week and on the weekends from 8 am to 4:30 pm…(more)

Caroline Beteta, CEO of Visit California, Featured Speaker at Speaker Series

Caroline Beteta, CEO of Visit California and the State of California’s Director of Tourism, spent Wednesday evening sharing her experience and words of advice with students from Nevada Union and Bear River…(more)

Nevada County Fairgrounds Names New Deputy Manager

The Nevada County Fairgrounds announced this week that Patrick Eidman has been named the new Deputy Manager of the Nevada County Fairgrounds…(more)

Nevada County Fair Requires Mandatory Registration of Market Animals for 2017 Fair

The Nevada County Fair’s mandatory registration deadline for all market beef is 4:00 pm, Friday, April 7th.  The mandatory registration deadline of all other large market animals including Turkeys is 4:00 pm, Friday, June 9th…(more)

Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation’s Speaker Series Features Anita Oberbauer

Anita Oberbauer, Professor and Chair of the Department of Animal Science at the University of California, Davis, spent Wednesday evening with local students from Bear River and Nevada Union high schools as a guest speaker of the Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation’s Speaker Series…(more)

Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation To Host Cioppino And Pasta Feed

Join the Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation at its seventh annual All-You-Can-Eat Cioppino and Pasta Feed on Saturday, March 4 in Ponderosa Hall at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. Doors open at 5 pm, and dinner service begins at 6 pm…(more)

Stephanie Ortiz, Executive Dean of Sierra College, Nevada County Campus, serving as this month’s guest speaker at the Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation’s Speaker Series

“When finding a career path, be open to having a meandering path, but don’t blindly wander,” said Stephanie Ortiz, Executive Dean of Nevada County’s Sierra College Campus, to a group of local high school students on Wednesday night…(more)

Nevada County Fairgrounds Wins Fair Industry’s Prestigious Merrill Award

The Nevada County Fairgrounds has been selected as the recipient of the Western Fairs Association’s (WFA) prestigious Merrill Award for its Community Involvement Day…(more)

Country Christmas Faire Results

A successful canned food drive, more than 120 vendors, and 66 gingerbread houses built, made the 32nd Annual Country Christmas Faire at the Nevada County Fairgrounds a success…(more)

Nevada County Fairgrounds, Grass Valley Elks Team Up For A Canned Food Drive At The Country Christmas Faire

The Nevada County Fairgrounds and Grass Valley Elks are teaming up for a canned food drive to help feed those in need in Nevada County…(more)

Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation’s Speaker Series Features Mike Naggiar

Naggiar addressed 28 students from Bear River and Nevada Union high schools as the guest speaker in the second season of the Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation’s Speaker Series…(more)

Treat Street Booths Available

The Nevada County Fairgrounds has two vacant Treat Street booths, and is seeking two nonprofit groups to operate the booths at the 2017 Nevada County Fair, August 9 – 13…(more)

Country Christmas Faire Coloring Contest

The Nevada County Fairgrounds is offering a coloring contest for children and adults as part of the annual Country Christmas Faire, November 25 – 27, at the Nevada County Fairgrounds…(more)

Create A Gingerbread House And Win!

Now is the time for holiday bakers to think about the creation of a magical Gingerbread House to enter into the 14th annual Gingerbread House Competition at the Country Christmas Faire, held November 25, 26, and 27 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley…(more)

Nevada County Fairgrounds Begins Winter Hours, November 1

Effective immediately, the Nevada County Fairgrounds will return to its winter hours. This change in hours means that the Fairgrounds’ inner-grounds and gates will be locked at 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday, and closed on weekends.  The inner-grounds and gates will remain open during the week to walkers and bicyclists, but all must be off the grounds before the gates lock at 4:30 pm…(more)

Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation Launches Second Season Of Leadership Speaker Series For Youth

“Remember to keep calm and professional in the storm,” said Jon Gregory, Executive Director of the Nevada County Economic Resource Council, to a group of local high school students on Wednesday night. “Because if you want to do anything innovative or start something that requires change, you will have nay sayers and it may upset people. However, if you believe in what you are doing and believe it will make a difference – stay calm and move forward.”…(more)

Nevada County Fairgrounds Begins Search For 2017 Fair Slogan

Lakes, rivers, oceans, and beaches will be the featured item of the 2017 Nevada County Fair, and the Fairgrounds is hosting a contest to find the winning “water” slogan for the 2017 Fair. Do you have a catchy or fun slogan that features water and recreation that you think would be perfect for the 2017 Nevada County Fair?…(more)

30th Annual Draft Horse Classic Awards Announced

Awards for the 30th annual Draft Horse Classic, held September 22 – 25 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley, have been announced.  Mike Loveland Jr. of Albion, Michigan, judged the Draft Horse competitions and halter show…(more)

Draft Horse Classic and Harvest Fair in Grass Valley

Grass Valley, California – Join the beautiful draft horses for the 30th annual Draft Horse Classic and Harvest Fair, September 22 – 25, 2016 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley…(more)

Guided Barn Tours Offered At This Year’s Draft Horse Classic

Guided Barn Tours are available to visitors at this year’s Draft Horse Classic and Harvest Fair at the Nevada County Fairgrounds…(more)

2016 Nevada County Fair Wrap-Up

More than $540,000 raised for Nevada County youth, more than 7,400 exhibits, and several community partnerships made for a successful 2016 “Kick It Up” Nevada County Fair.
Approximately 100,000 people attended this year’s Fair…(more)

Enter Your Exhibits in the Harvest Fair

Entry forms are now being accepted for exhibit entries in the Harvest Fair, which takes place during the Draft Horse Classic, September 22 – 25, at the Nevada County Fairgrounds…(more)

Rod Byers Receives 2016 Blue Ribbon Award

Rod Byers of Grass Valley has been named the 2016 Blue Ribbon Award recipient by the Nevada County Fairgrounds Board of Directors…(more)

Exciting Contests And Activities Happening Each Day At The Nevada County Fair!

At the Nevada County Fair, August 10 – 14, 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…(more)

George And Sandy Woods To Be Inducted Into Nevada County Fair’s Hall Of Fame

George and Sandy Woods have been named to the Nevada County Fair’s Hall of Fame. The Fair’s Board of Directors recognized the Woods for their long-time service and dedication to the Nevada County Fair…(more)

Nevada County 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 money!  The Fair Office is open Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm, and will be open specifically for ticket sales on Saturday, August 6 and Sunday, August 7 from 10 am to 5 pm on both days. You can also save time by purchasing your Fair tickets online at NevadaCountyFair.com…(more)

Califia Café To Open At The Nevada County Fairgrounds

The Nevada County Fairgrounds is partnering with locally-owned BrewBakers Coffee and Pastry House to open Califia Café – a coffee trolley serving coffee, specialty drinks, and baked goods – at Gate 1 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds.   Califia Café will open to the public for the first time on Monday, August 1, from 11 am to 6 pm at Community Involvement Day (a day to donate to nonprofit organizations while also receiving discounts on Fair tickets) at the Fairgrounds; and will then be open during the week from 7 – 11 am. …(more)

Warmuth Family To Be Recognized As Family Of The Year At The Nevada County Fair

Michelle and Brandon Warmuth have been named the 2016 Family of the Year by the Nevada County Fair’s Board of Directors. The Board chose the Warmuth Family for their volunteer efforts and their ongoing participation in the livestock and exhibit programs at the Fair…(more)

Nevada County Fairgrounds And Community Organizations Team Up For Community Involvement Day On August 1

The Nevada County Fairgrounds, the Food Bank of Nevada County, Foothill Lions, Nevada County 2-1-1, NEO, Story Club, Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Coalition (DVSAC) and BloodSource are teaming up on August 1 for Community Involvement Day – a day to donate items to non-profit organizations, while also receiving free tickets to the Fair. These organizations will be set-up at the Fairgrounds Gate 1 main parking lot on Monday, August 1, from 1 – 6 pm, to receive donations of any of the items listed below…(more)

Nevada County Fair Competition Handbook Now Available

The Nevada County Fair’s Competition Handbook, which includes all the information you need to enter exhibits in this year’s Fair, is now available. If you can make it, bake it, grow it or show it, there is a category for you – and it can be found in the Competition Handbook!..(more)

Bark Beetles Invade Trees At The Nevada County Fairgrounds

A large grove of pine trees near the back parking lot of Gate 4 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds has been identified as infested with bark beetles and is scheduled to be removed this week…(more)

Nevada County Fairgrounds Hosts Job Fair For 2016 Fair Season Jobs

The Nevada County Fairgrounds will host a job fair to fulfill its hiring needs for this year’s Fair season. The Nevada County Fair job fair will be held on Thursday, June 2, from 3 – 6 pm at Ponderosa Hall, located at Gate 2, at the Nevada County Fairgrounds….(more)

Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation’s Speaker Series For Youth Wraps Up Its First Season

Tom Browning, retired Fire Battalion Chief and current Fairgrounds Board member, shares a near death experience and lessons learned…(more)

Nevada County Fairgrounds Begins Summer Hours, Effective Immediately

Effective immediately, the Nevada County Fairgrounds will return to its summer hours. This change in hours 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 public restrooms will also be closed each day at 4:30 pm…(more)

Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation’s Speaker Series For Youth Continues

John Paye, former NFL player for the San Francisco 49ers and Super Bowl champion, shares life-experiences and successes with local youth…(more)

Nevada County Fair Requires Mandatory Registration of Market Animals for 2016 Fair

The Nevada County Fair’s mandatory registration deadline for all market beef is 4:00 pm, Friday, April 8th. The mandatory registration deadline of all other large market animals including Turkeys is 4:00 pm, Friday, June 10th…(more)

Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation’s Speaker Series For Youth Continues

Fiona Ma, State Board of Equalization and former California State Assemblywoman, addresses local youth and provides business advice…(more)

Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation To Host Cioppino Feed

Join the Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation at its sixth annual All-You-Can-Eat Cioppino Feed on Saturday, March 5 in Ponderosa Hall at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. Doors open at 5 pm, and dinner service begins at 6 pm…(more)

Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation’s Speaker Series For Youth Continues

Last night, Callender addressed more than 20 FFA and 4H students from Bear River, Nevada Union and Placer high schools, and served as the third speaker in the Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation’s ongoing Speaker Series…(more)

Country Christmas Faire Results

A successful canned food drive, more than 115 vendors, and 37 gingerbread houses built made the 31st Annual Country Christmas Faire at the Nevada County Fairgrounds a success…(more)

Nevada County Fairgrounds, Grass Valley Elks Team Up For A Canned Food Drive At The Country Christmas Faire

The Nevada County Fairgrounds and Grass Valley Elks are teaming up for a canned food drive to help feed those in need in Nevada County…(more)

Country Christmas Faire November 27, 28 and 29

Mark your calendar for the 31st annual Country Christmas Faire at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley on November 27, 28 and 29. Rated as one of the top handcrafted shows in Northern California, the Country Christmas Faire features unique gifts and crafts from top artisans from across the state, as well as from Nevada, Oregon, Washington, and New York…(more)

Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation’s Speaker Series For Youth Continues

“Stop comparing yourself to others,” said Dan Castles, CEO of Telestream, to local high school students on Thursday night. “There will always be somebody richer, smarter, prettier, and taller, than you. Figure out your uniqueness – and embrace it.”…(more)

Create A Gingerbread House And Win!

Now is the time for holiday bakers to think about the creation of a magical Gingerbread House to enter into the 13th annual Gingerbread House Competition at the Country Christmas Faire, held November 27, 28, and 29 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley…(more)

Fairgrounds Begins Winter Hours, Effective November 2

Effective November 2, the Nevada County Fairgrounds will return to its winter hours. This change in hours means that the Fairgrounds’ inner-grounds and gates will be locked at 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday, and closed on weekends…(more)

Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation Launches Leadership Speaker Series For Youth

Jack Parnell, former United States Deputy Secretary of Agriculture, serves as first speaker…(more)

Nevada County Fairgrounds Begins Search For 2016 Fair Theme

The Nevada County Fairgrounds is hosting a contest to find the winning theme for the 2016 Fair. Do you have a catchy or fun theme that you think would be perfect for the 2016 Nevada County Fair?…(more)

29th Annual Draft Horse Classic Awards Announced

Awards for the 29th annual Draft Horse Classic, held September 24 – 27 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley, have been announced…(more)

Draft Horse Classic and Harvest Fair in Grass Valley

Join the beautiful Draft Horses for the 29th annual Draft Horse Classic and Harvest Fair, happening September 24 – 27, 2015 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley…(more)

Guided Barn Tours Offered At This Year’s Draft Horse Classic

Guided Barn Tours will be offered to visitors to this year’s Draft Horse Classic and Harvest Fair – giving them an up close and personal visit with the magnificent Gentle Giant Draft Horses…(more)

Enter Your Exhibits In The Harvest Fair At The Draft Horse Classic

Entry forms are now being accepted for exhibit entries in the Harvest Fair, which takes place during the Draft Horse Classic, September 24 – 27, 2015 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds…(more)

2015 Nevada County Fair Wrap-Up

Junior Livestock Auction, Ag Mechanics Auction, Treat Street Benefit Nevada County…(more)

Exciting Contests And Activities Happening Each Day At The Nevada County Fair!

At this year’s Nevada County Fair, August 12 – 16, there are exciting contests and activities happening each day of the Fair! Here are just a few of the fun contests planned for this year’s Fair…(more)

Arena Events At The 2015 Nevada County Fair

This year’s Nevada County Fair features a full line up of excitement and loud, crazy fun in the arena each night. Wednesday and Thursday night features the Flying U Extreme Rodeo, Friday and Saturday night features Tuff Trucks and Monsters Trucks, and Sunday night is the return of Rotary’s Destruction Derby…(more)

John And Teresia Renwick To Be Inducted In Nevada County Fair’s Hall Of Fame

John and Teresia Renwick have been named to the Nevada County Fair’s Hall of Fame. The Fair’s Board of Directors recognized the Renwicks for their long-time service and dedication to the Nevada County Fair…(more)

Nevada County 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 money!…(more)

Nevada County Fair Planned For August 12 – 16

The Nevada County Fairgrounds confirmed today that the Nevada County Fair will continue as planned on August 12 – 16. While the Fairgrounds are currently being used for a command post and fire camp, the Fair team is busy behind the scenes preparing for its biggest event of the year – the Nevada County Fair…(more)

Garcia-Mcdonald Family To Be Recognized As Family Of The Year At The Nevada County Fair

Eddie and Nancy Garcia, as well as daughter Barbara and son-in-law Larry McDonald, have been named the 2015 Family of the Year by the Nevada County Fair’s Board of Directors…(more)

Nevada County Fairgrounds Becomes a Command Post and Fire Camp for Cal Fire; Animal Evacuation Center

Due to the Lowell Fire, currently burning in Nevada and Placer counties, Cal Fire and assisting agencies have set up a command post and fire camp at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. Additionally, the Nevada County Veterinary Disaster Response Team has set up an evacuation center at the Fairgrounds for large and small animals…(more)

Nevada County Fairgrounds And Community Organizations Team Up For Community Involvement Day On August 3

The Nevada County Fairgrounds, the Food Bank of Nevada County, Foothill Lions, Story Club, Nevada County 2-1-1, Sierra Harvest, NEO, and BloodSource are teaming up on August 3 for Community Involvement Day – a day to donate items to non-profit organizations, while also receiving free tickets to the Fair…(more)

Newlywed Game Fun At The Nevada County Fair

New at this year’s Nevada County Fair, it’s the “Catch the Newlywed Game!” This event will feature nine couples competing for prizes for each game. Would you and your spouse like to compete? If so, applications are now available for this fun opportunity!…(more)

Nevada County Fair Competition Handbook Now Available

The Nevada County Fair’s Competition Handbook, which includes all the information you need to enter exhibits in this year’s Fair, is now available. If you can make it, bake it, grow it or show it, there is a category for you – and it can be found in the Competition Handbook!…(more)

Nevada County Fairgrounds Hosts Job Fair For 2015 Fair Season Jobs

The Nevada County Fairgrounds will host a job fair to fulfill its hiring needs for this year’s Fair season. The Nevada County Fair job fair will be held on Tuesday, June 23, from 3 – 6 pm at Ponderosa Hall, located at Gate 2, at the Nevada County Fairgrounds…(more)

Nevada County Fairgrounds Board Names New CEO

The Nevada County Fairgrounds Board of Directors announced this week the appointment of Rea Callender as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Nevada County Fairgrounds, effective June 8, 2015…(more)

Nevada County Fairgrounds Closed To Pedestrians May 19 – 25

In preparation for the Strawberry Music Festival, May 21 – 24, the Nevada County Fairgrounds will be closed to pedestrians – walkers and bicyclists – beginning Tuesday, May 19…(more)

Treat Street Booth Available

The Nevada County Fairgrounds is seeking a non-profit group to operate a Treat Street food booth at the 2015 Nevada County Fair, August 12 – 16. Applicants must be a Nevada County-based non-profit group…(more)

Nevada County Fairgrounds Begins Summer Hours, Effective May 1

Effective May 1, the Nevada County Fairgrounds will return to its summer hours. This change in hours 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 public restrooms will also be closed each day at 4:30 pm…(more)

Seeking Community Showcase Acts For The Nevada County Fair
The Nevada County Fair is now accepting applications for local entertainers and community acts to perform at the 2015 Nevada County Fair, August 12 – 16…(more)

Nevada County Fair Requires Mandatory Registration of Market Animals for 2015 Fair
The Nevada County Fair’s mandatory registration deadline for all market beef is 4:00 pm, Friday, April 10th. The mandatory registration deadline of all other large market animals is 4:00 pm, Friday, June 12th…(more)

Nevada County Fairgrounds Begin Search For Chief Executive Officer
The Board of Directors of the Nevada County Fairgrounds announced this week that the search for the position of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for the Nevada County Fairgrounds has begun…(more)

Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation To Host Cioppino Feed
Join the Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation at its fourth annual All-You-Can-Eat Cioppino Feed on Saturday, March 7 at Ponderosa Hall at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. Doors open at 5 pm, and dinner service begins at 6 pm…(more)

Nevada County Fairgrounds Ceo Announces Retirement
After serving for 20 years at the Nevada County Fairgrounds, Chief Executive Officer Sandy Woods announced this week that she will be retiring as CEO. Woods’ retirement will be effective upon the hiring of a new CEO. She will continue in her role as CEO until that time, and will assist the Fairgrounds’ Board of Directors in a transition plan for a new CEO…(more)

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