Harvest Fair Exhibits!

You still have a week left to enter an exhibit at the Draft Horse Classic and Harvest Fair! If you’re a gardener, artist, baker or craft lover who wants to show off your skills, submit an entry form online or stop by the Fairgrounds office anytime Monday through Friday from 8 am-5 pm (please note, the cutoff time for entering an exhibit on September 13 is 4 pm). Click here for more information!

Categories: Announcements, Draft Horse Classic, and Nevada County Fairgrounds.

Foundation Scholarship Recipients


Congratulations to the 2019 Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation scholarship recipients

Jewel Jones 2019 (credit: Three Lillies)Jewel Jones
Jewel will attend Sacramento City College in the fall and will then transfer to a four-year university. She plan to major in English in hopes of becoming an editor.


Anna Woodall 2019Anna Woodall
Anna will attend Shasta College this fall. Over the next few years, she plans to earn a bachelor’s degree in Forest Management and become employed as a Registered Professional Forester.

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33rd Annual Draft Horse Classic!

There’s so much to do at the Draft Horse Classic and Harvest Fair! Aside from watching one of the spectacular draft horse performances in the arena, you can take a guided barn tour, listen to one of our many live music acts, visit the buildings to see all the cool exhibits and artwork, witness a live shoeing competition, visit all the vendors and more! Happening September 19-22!

Categories: Announcements, Draft Horse Classic, Events, and Nevada County Fairgrounds.

Gold Country Kennel Club Dog Show

Happy National Dog Day! If you’re looking for something fun to do with your furry friend, head over to the Nevada County Fairgrounds for the Gold Country Kennel Club Dog Show this weekend! This event is not only an all-breed dog show, but also features a barn hunt, a rally and plenty of vendors selling dog-related items! This event lasts all day on August 31 and September 1 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. And best of all, it’s FREE!

Categories: Announcements, Events, and Nevada County Fairgrounds.

Enter an Exhibit at the Draft Horse Classic!

Calling all gardeners, crafters, bakers and artists of all ages! Would you like to enter an exhibit in the Harvest Fair at the Draft Horse Classic (September 19 – 22)! The deadline to turn in entry forms is Friday, September 13. It’s free to enter, and all exhibitors will receive complimentary tickets to the Friday morning performance of the Draft Horse Classic. Details can be found here!

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Nevada County Fairgrounds Board Names New CEO

The Nevada County Fairgrounds Board of Directors announced that Patrick Eidman has been named the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Nevada County Fairgrounds, effective immediately.

Eidman has served as the Deputy Manager of the Nevada County Fairgrounds since March 2017 and as the acting CEO since July 2018. He brings more than 20 years of management, grant writing, fundraising, event planning, and financial reporting experience to the job, as well as an extensive agricultural background.

A native of Grass Valley who graduated from Nevada Union High School, Eidman has deep roots in Nevada County and a long history with fairs. He has fond memories of his grandparents bringing him to the Nevada County Fair during his childhood, showing sheep at fairs across the Western United States with his parents and sisters, and exhibiting steers and sheep as an FFA member at the Nevada County Fair. He was also Livestock Secretary from 2011 – 2016 at the Nevada County Fair.

“To be leading the Nevada County Fairgrounds, a place I love and in a community I call home, is an honor and privilege,” said Eidman. “I look forward to working with our exceptional team and our many community partners to continue the long tradition of the Fairgrounds serving the people of Nevada County in times of need and in times of celebration.”

Eidman has experience in the private, nonprofit, and public sectors. Before joining the Fairgrounds team in 2017, he worked for the Sierra Nevada Conservancy, where he served as the Special Projects and Field Operations Grant Program Coordinator and managed the Conservancy’s local assistance grant program. Prior to that, he worked for the State of Colorado as the Director of Historic Preservation Technical Outreach.

He is the Second Vice President of the Nevada County Farm Bureau, a member of the Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation, and the Mother Lode Area chair for Western Fairs Association. He recently completed the Nevada County Citizens Academy program and is a graduate of Sonoma State University, where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Studies with a focus on City and Regional Planning.

“On behalf of the entire Board, we are pleased that Patrick has accepted the role of CEO,” said Steve Steele, President of the Nevada County Fairgrounds Board of Directors. “He brings years of experience to the job and he has certainly proven himself as a leader the past five months while serving as the interim CEO and guiding the Fairgrounds team through three major events. He is the ideal candidate – one who honors and respects the traditions of the Nevada County Fairgrounds and one who is prepared to lead us into the future with new ideas – and we are fortunate to have him leading the way.”

As CEO, Eidman will be responsible for overseeing the annual Nevada County Fair, the Draft Horse Classic, the Country Christmas Faire, interim events and facility rentals, the RV Park, and the infrastructure of the Nevada County Fairgrounds.

Patrick Eidman

Patrick Eidman

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Nevada County Fairgrounds Begins Search For 2019 Fair Slogan

Submit the winning slogan and win a prize package to the 2019 Nevada County Fair

The 2019 Fair theme is all about local foods and farmers – and the Fairgrounds is holding a contest to find the winning slogan for the 2019 Fair. Do you have a catchy or fun slogan that features local food and farmers that you think would be perfect for the 2019 Nevada County Fair? If so, submit it!

Visit the Fairgrounds website at NevadaCountyFair.com and submit a slogan about local food and farmers. Be creative and have fun! If the slogan you submit is selected, you win. The winner will receive a 2019 Nevada County Fair package that includes two free admission tickets for each day of the Fair, a 5-day parking pass for the Fair, and ride coupons.

Submissions must be five words or less and trade-marked slogans will not be considered. The contest is open to Nevada County residents only and runs through November 13, 2018. Entry forms are also available at the Nevada County Fairgrounds office. No phone entries will be accepted.

Each year, the Fair slogan appears on advertisements, posters, banners and on social media; and is used to determine special contests, exhibit categories, and decorations for the annual Fair.

The 2019 Nevada County Fair is scheduled for August 7 – 11. For a complete list of contest rules or information, visit NevadaCountyFair.com or call (530) 273-6217.

Locally Grown Vegetables

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