2016 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.

Almost 50 draft horse exhibitors – traveling from California, Oregon, Nevada, Idaho and British Columbia – competed for approximately $30,000 in premium awards. The competitions took place during six performances over the four-day event.

The winner of the Ultimate Hitch competition was David and Patsy Cunningham of Meadowlake Belgians, from Carlton, OR.

Audrey Popoff of Unhitched Ranch, from Colton, CA was recognized as the outstanding lady driver for the third year in a row, accumulating high points to win the Susan Parnell High Point Perpetual Award.

The Teamster of the Year Award was presented to Mike Lorenzini, an honor bestowed upon him by the voting of his fellow teamsters. Lorenzini is from Lakeport, CA.  The Andy Amsbaugh Teamster Award went to Rick Newborn of Top Hand Ranch, Elverta, CA; and Abby Partridge of Partridge Percherons, Galt, CA, won the Youth of the Show award.

The Overall Supreme Champion horse, King, is owned by Unhitched Ranch of Colton, CA, and shown by Scott Banga. King was also awarded the Supreme Champion Gelding. Channell, owned by Rockin RP Ranch of Pleasant Grove, CA, and shown by Crystal Newborn was awarded the Supreme Champion Mare.

The Champion Matched Pair went to Rambo and Ike, shown by Lawrence McGibbon and owned by Carlaw Clydes of Cranbrook, British Columbia.

At the Harvest Fair, with more than 600 items entered, the Best of Division in the Scarecrows went to Pamela Raschke of Grass Valley; and the People’s Choice award for the Scarecrows went to Terry Hobart of Grass Valley.

A complete list of 2016 Draft Horse Classic awards, as well as all the Harvest Fair winners, is on the Nevada County Fairgrounds’ website.

The 2017 Draft Horse Classic is scheduled for September 21 – 24. Tickets will go on sale on May 1, 2017.

Meadowlake Belgians

Winner of the Ultimate Hitch Competition – Meadowlake Belgians, owned by David and Patsy Cunningham and based out of Carlton, OR – performs in the arena at the 2016 Draft Horse Classic.

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Dates and Forms for Market Animals

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.

Junior beef exhibitors may register their market animals at the Fairground’s Administration Office, Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4 pm, beginning March 21st.  The absolute deadline for market beef registration is 4:00 pm, Friday, April 8th.  Goat, lamb, hog and turkey exhibitors may register their market animals beginning May 23rd.  The absolute deadline for market goat, sheep, swine and turkey registration is 4:00 pm, Friday, June 10th.

All FFA, 4-H, Grange and Independent exhibitors are required to register their market animals for the Fair on the dates specified above by completing an entry form and paying the entry fees.  Entry forms and detailed instructions are available at the 4-H Office, through FFA Advisors, the Fair Administration Office and here:

Market Beef
Registration opens: March 21
Deadline: April 8 at 4 pm
FFA Registration Instructions and Entry Form
4-H/Grange Registration Instructions and Entry Form
Code of Ethics

Market Goat, Lambs, Swine and Turkeys
Registration opens: May 23
Deadline: June 10 at 4 pm
Registration instructions will be available early May.

Ag Mechanics, Ag Mechanics Auction, Market Eggs, Broiler and Rabbit Meat Pens
Registration opens: June 1
Deadline: July 11, 4:00 pm
Rules and details available in the Competition Handbook, available online and at the Fair Office, beginning June 1.

All Other Livestock
Entry forms due by: Friday, July 22 at 4 pm
No extensions will be made.
Rules and details available in the Competition Handbook, available online and at the Fair Office, beginning June 1.


To exhibit a large market animal at the 2016 Nevada County Fair, exhibitors must be 9 years old or in the 4th grade by January 1, 2016 and must be a Nevada County Junior.  A Nevada County Junior exhibitor is defined as:

• An exhibitor whose legal residence is within the boundaries of the Nevada County Fair and who attends a school within Nevada County, or

• An exhibitor who lives outside Nevada County, attends a school in Nevada County and is a member of the FFA, Nevada County 4-H or Nevada County Grange, or

• An exhibitor who is a Nevada County resident enrolled and attending college and is a member of the FFA, Nevada County 4-H or Nevada County Grange.

Although an exhibitor may enter only one large market animal in the Fair, each exhibitor will be allowed to register a maximum of 2 animals per species, not to exceed 4 animals in total.  The Fair appreciates that exhibitors often choose to raise more than one market animal, giving them the option of bringing their finest quality animal to the Fair to sell through the Junior Livestock Auction, which is scheduled during the Fair on Sunday, August 14th.  A family may choose to register a second animal of the same species to be shared by their children in the event that one of their children needs to bring a back-up animal.

The 2016 “Kick It Up” Nevada County Fair is scheduled for August 10th through 14th.  For information on market animal registration or becoming involved in the Junior Livestock Auction as a buyer or volunteer, call the Fair at 273-6217.

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Community Involvement Day: August 3

Participate in Community Involvement Day and receive free tickets to the Fair

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.  These organizations will be set-up at the Fairgrounds Gate 1 main parking lot on Monday, August 3, from 1 – 6 pm, to receive donations of any of the items listed below.

Those who donate items to the Food Bank of Nevada County, Foothill Lions, Story Club, Sierra Harvest, NEO, and Nevada County 2-1-1 will receive a coupon to redeem for one free admission ticket with the purchase of one Fair admission ticket. That’s two for the price of one!

Those who make a blood donation at the BloodSource blood mobile will receive a free admission ticket to any day of the Fair.

Food Bank of Nevada County: Donate four cans of food. For more information about the Food Bank of Nevada County, visit www.foodbankofnc.org.

Foothill Lions: Donate an old hearing aid or old prescription eye glasses.

Story Club: Donate two new or slightly used children’s books, including chapter books for teens.

Nevada County 2-1-1: Donate new backpacks, new lunch boxes, and new school supplies. Visit www.partnersfamilyresourcecenters.org for information.

Sierra Harvest: Donate new or gently used garden tools, including shovels, rakes, stackable boxes, and small tarps. Visit www.SierraHarvest.org for information.

NEO: Donate paper, paint supplies, sharpies, general craft supplies, ping pong and foosball supplies, yoga mats, and music equipment. Visit www.ncneo.org for information.

BloodSource:  For a free admission ticket to the Fair, make a blood donation at the BloodSource bloodmobile located in the main parking lot (Gate 1) at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. For information and eligibility about blood donation, visit www.bloodsource.org or call 1-866-822-5663.

Feel free to donate to any one organization or all of them! To receive your coupons or free tickets, all donations must be brought to the Gate 1 parking lot at the Fairgrounds on August 3 between the hours of  1- 6 pm.

Coupons (buy one, get one free) received for the donations must be redeemed during pre-sale dates, which take place until August 11. Presale discounted tickets will be available for purchase on Community Involvement Day at Guest Services, Gate 1.

This year’s Fair is August 12 – 16. Visit  NevadaCountyFair.com for more information or call the Fair Office at (530) 273-6217.

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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.

Market Beef
Registration opens: March 23
Deadline: April 10 at 4 pm
pdf Steer Registration Instructions
pdf Code of Ethics

Junior beef exhibitors may register their market animals at the Fair’s Administration Office, Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4 pm, beginning March 23rd.  The Fair Administration Office will have extended hours on Wednesday, April 8th, from 8am to 6pm to accept entries.  The absolute deadline for market beef registration is 4:00 pm, Friday, April 10th.  Goat, lamb and hog exhibitors may register their market animals beginning May 26th.  The absolute deadline for market goat, sheep and swine registration is 4:00 pm, Friday, June 12th.

All FFA, 4-H, Grange and Independent exhibitors are required to register their market animals for the Fair on the dates specified above.  Along with the completed entry form and entry fees the exhibitor must also present a photograph of themselves with their market animal and a Bill of Sale to Fair officials; the exhibitor should request this Bill of Sale from the person who sold them their market animal, or if an exhibitor bred their own animal, they must present a letter so stating. Entry forms and detailed instructions are available at the 4-H Office, through FFA Advisors and at the Fair Administration Office.

An exhibitor can bring in their own entry forms with the additional required documents and entry fees or it can be done by the club leader/chapter advisor for the group.  Individual parents, grandparents, siblings, friends, etc., cannot bring in someone else’s paperwork. It either has to be done as an individual exhibitor in person or as a group by the signing leader and/or advisor.

To exhibit a large market animal at the 2015 Nevada County Fair, exhibitors must be 9 years old or in the 4th grade by January 1, 2015 and must be a Nevada County Junior.  A Nevada County Junior exhibitor is defined as:

  • An exhibitor whose legal residence is within the boundaries of the Nevada County Fair and who attends a school within Nevada County, or
  • An exhibitor who lives outside Nevada County, attends a school in Nevada County and is a member of the FFA, Nevada County 4-H or Nevada County Grange, or
  • An exhibitor who is a Nevada County resident enrolled and attending college and is a member of the FFA, Nevada County 4-H or Nevada County Grange.

Although an exhibitor may enter only one large market animal in the Fair, each exhibitor will be allowed to register a maximum of 2 animals per species, not to exceed 4 animals in total.  The Fair appreciates that exhibitors often choose to raise more than one market animal, giving them the option of bringing their finest quality animal to the Fair to sell through the Junior Livestock Auction, which is scheduled during the Fair on Sunday, August 16th.  A family may choose to register a second animal to be shared by their children in the event that one of their children needs to bring a back-up animal.

The 2015 “Catch the Fair Bug” Nevada County Fair is scheduled for August 12th through 16th.  For information on market animal registration or becoming involved in the Junior Livestock Auction as a buyer or volunteer, call the Fair at 273-6217.

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Social Media Terms of Use

The Nevada County Fairgrounds’ social media sites (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and YouTube) are designated as family-friendly fan pages, and we encourage our customers to leave photos, videos, and comments on the various sites.

The Nevada County Fairgrounds monitors comments and postings on its various social media channels, and reserves the right to remove and/or block any comments or posts that are inappropriate or offensive, including those that:

  • Contain any infringing, obscene, indecent, misleading or unlawful material or information;
  • Defame, abuse, harass, stalk, threaten or otherwise violate the legal rights (such as rights of privacy and publicity) of others;
  • Include racism, hatred, slander, threats, obscenity, violence and/or vulgarity;
  • Upload or attach files that contain viruses, corrupted files, or any other similar software or programs that may damage the operation of another’s computer;
  • Falsify the origin or source of software or other material contained in a file that is uploaded;
  • Include link baiting (embedding a link in your post to draw traffic to your own site);
  • Commercial solicitation or solicitation of donation;
  • Spam or advertisements;
  • Include copyrighted material that belongs to another person;
  • Contain links to inappropriate websites;
  • Promote or endorse political issues, groups or individuals;
  • Conduct or encourage illegal activity; or
  • Contain information that may compromise the safety or security of the public or public systems.
  • Dominate the social media site(s) with excessive postings and compromise the Nevada County Fairgrounds’ management and control of the site(s).

Comments posted by others on the Nevada County Fairgrounds’ social media sites are not to be considered the opinion of the Nevada County Fairgrounds; nor does the Nevada County Fairgrounds endorse any third-party comments on its sites.

Social Media Sites (March 2014)
Facebook
Twitter
Pinterest
YouTube
Instagram

Nevada County Fair Competition Handbook Now Available

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – June 17, 2014

Contact: Sandy Woods, Chief Executive Officer
(530) 273-6217; moc.r1498622526iaFyt1498622526nuoCa1498622526daveN1498622526@ydna1498622526S1498622526

NEVADA COUNTY FAIR COMPETITION HANDBOOK NOW AVAILABLE
Book includes all the information you need to enter exhibits in this year’s Fair

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!

Why not showcase a talent, a project, a cooking skill, or a special collection. Try baking cookies, entering a prized photo, creating a produce character, making the Ugliest Decorated Cake, writing a poem, or entering the Pet Look-A-Like photo contest. This year, we have some fun, new categories, including California State Park contests (in celebration of California State Park’s 150th anniversary), an Instagram Contest, and a category for miniature Fairy Gardens.  There are also lots of special contests like the Squash Mobile Races, Daily Special Food Contests, and the Family Feud. With hundreds of categories available for children and adults – the Competition Handbook has something for everyone.

Copies of the free handbook are available at the Fairgrounds’ Office, Chamber of Commerce offices, post offices, county libraries, Raley’s, SPD, Ben Franklin, Foothill Mercantile, and other local businesses, as well as on-line here.

It’s easy to enter! Look through the book, pick your favorite categories, and follow the simple steps for completing the entry forms. You can even enter on-line.   This year, there won’t be any entry fees for most categories (yes, it’s free!), you can enter on-line or at the Fair office, and there will be some great prizes!  The deadline for submitting paper entry forms and on-line entries is July 18 at 4 pm.

This year’s Competition Handbook also contains information about discounted Fair tickets available now through August 5, discount days at the Fair, and nightly arena events.

The 2014 “Simply Fun” Nevada County Fair is August 6 – 10. For more information, visit  the webpage or call (530) 273-6217.

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Job Fair: June 17

Nevada County Fairgrounds Hosts Job Fair For 2014 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 17, from 3 – 6 pm at Ponderosa Hall, located at Gate 2, at the Nevada County Fairgrounds.

If you are interested in working at the Fairgrounds during the 2014 Fair season, plan to attend this event. Fair staff will be accepting applications from 3 – 6 pm for all departments, as well as conducting interviews on site. Some of the jobs available include gate cashiers, ticket monitors, “red shirt” patrols, exhibit crew, exhibit entry clerk, clean-up crew, and parking crew.

pdf 2014 Employment Application

pdf 2014 Job Descriptions

Employment applications, as well as available jobs and job descriptions are posted above.  Applications will also be available on the day of the job fair.

The 2014 Nevada County Fair is August 6 – 10. For additional information, call (530) 273-6217.

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Upcoming Livestock Deadlines for 2014 Fair

For goats, sheep and swine being raised as market animals for the 2014 Nevada County Fair, the Fair’s mandatory registration deadline has been set for Friday, June 6th at 4:00 pm.  The mandatory registration deadline of market eggs, broiler and rabbit meat pens and market turkeys is 4:00 pm, Tuesday, July 1st.
Deadline: June 6 at 4 pm (more details)
pdf Mandatory Sheep Swine & Goat Registration Instructions, 2014
pdf Swine Ear Notching Diagram, 2014
pdf Exhibitor Code Of Ethics

Junior goat, lamb and hog exhibitors may register their market animals at the Fair’s Administration Office, Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4 pm, beginning May 19th.  The Fair Administration Office will have extended hours on Tuesday, June 3rd, from 8am to 7pm to accept entries.  The absolute deadline for market goat, sheep and swine registration is 4:00 pm, Friday, June 6th.

All exhibitors are required to complete an entry form, submit a photograph of themselves with their market animal and provide a Bill of Sale to Fair officials; the exhibitor should request the Bill of Sale from the person who sold them their market animal, or if an exhibitor bred their own animal, they must present a letter so stating. Entry forms and additional instructions are available at the 4-H Office, through FFA Advisors and at the Fair Administration Office.

An exhibitor can bring in their own entry forms, required documents and entry fees or it can be done by the club leader/chapter advisor for the group.  Individual parents, grandparents, siblings, friends, etc., cannot bring in someone else’s paperwork. It either has to be done as an individual exhibitor in person or as a group by the signing leader and/or advisor.

To exhibit a large market animal at the 2014 Nevada County Fair, exhibitors must be 9 years old or in the 4th grade by January 1, 2014 and must be a Nevada County Junior.  A Nevada County Junior exhibitor is defined as:

  • An exhibitor whose legal residence is within the boundaries of the Nevada County Fair and who attends a school within Nevada County, or
  • An exhibitor who lives outside Nevada County, attends a school in Nevada County and is a member of the FFA, Nevada County 4-H or Nevada County Grange, or
  • An exhibitor who is a Nevada County resident enrolled and attending college and is a member of the FFA, Nevada County 4-H or Nevada County Grange.

Although an exhibitor may enter only one large market animal in the Fair, each exhibitor will be allowed to register a maximum of 2 animals per species, not to exceed 4 animals in total.  The Fair appreciates that exhibitors often choose to raise more than one market animal, giving them the option of bringing their finest quality animal to the Fair to sell through the Junior Livestock Auction, which is scheduled during the Fair on Sunday, August 10th.  A family may choose to register a second animal to be shared by their children in the event that one of their children needs to bring a back-up animal.

The 2014 “Simply Fun” Nevada County Fair is scheduled for August 6th through 10th.  For information on market animal registration or becoming involved in the Junior Livestock Auction as a buyer or volunteer, call the Fair at 273-6217.

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Mandatory Registration of Market Animals for 2014 Fair

Market Beef
Registration opens: March 17
Deadline: April 4 at 4 pm
pdf Steer Registration Instructions
pdf Code of Ethics
 
Market Goat, Lambs, and Swine
Registration opens: May 19
Deadline: June 6 at 4 pm
(Registration instructions will be available early May)


The Nevada County Fair’s mandatory registration deadline for all market beef is 4:00 pm, Friday, April 4th. The mandatory registration deadline of all other large market animals is 4:00 pm, Friday, June 6th.

Junior beef exhibitors may register their market animals at the Fair’s Administration Office, Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4 pm, beginning March 17th. The absolute deadline for market beef registration is 4:00 pm, Friday, April 4th. Goat, lamb and hog exhibitors may register their market animals beginning May 19th. The absolute deadline for market goat, sheep and swine registration is 4:00 pm, Friday, June 6th.

All FFA, 4-H, Grange and Independent exhibitors are required to register their market animals for the Fair on the dates specified above. Along with the completed entry form and entry fees the exhibitor must also present a photograph of themselves with their market animal and a Bill of Sale to Fair officials; the exhibitor should request this Bill of Sale from the person who sold them their market animal, or if an exhibitor bred their own animal, they must present a letter so stating. Market Beef exhibitors must also complete a transportation slip. Entry forms, transportation slips and detailed instructions are available at the 4-H Office, through FFA Advisors and at the Fair Administration Office.

An exhibitor can bring in their own entry forms with the additional required documents and entry fees or it can be done by the club leader/chapter advisor for the group. Individual parents, grandparents, siblings, friends, etc., cannot bring in someone else’s paperwork. It either has to be done as an individual exhibitor in person or as a group by the signing leader and/or advisor.

To exhibit a large market animal at the 2014 Nevada County Fair, exhibitors must be 9 years old or in the 4th grade by January 1, 2014 and must be a Nevada County Junior. A Nevada County Junior exhibitor is defined as:

  • An exhibitor whose legal residence is within the boundaries of the Nevada County Fair and who attends a school within Nevada County, or
  • An exhibitor who lives outside Nevada County, attends a school in Nevada County and is a member of the FFA, Nevada County 4-H or Nevada County Grange, or
  • An exhibitor who is a Nevada County resident enrolled and attending college and is a member of the FFA, Nevada County 4-H or Nevada County Grange.

Although an exhibitor may enter only one large market animal in the Fair, each exhibitor will be allowed to register a maximum of 2 animals per species, not to exceed 4 animals in total. The Fair appreciates that exhibitors often choose to raise more than one market animal, giving them the option of bringing their finest quality animal to the Fair to sell through the Junior Livestock Auction, which is scheduled during the Fair on Sunday, August 10th. A family may choose to register a second animal to be shared by their children in the event that one of their children needs to bring a back-up animal.

The 2014 “Simply Fun” Nevada County Fair is scheduled for August 6th through 10th. For information on market animal registration or becoming involved in the Junior Livestock Auction as a buyer or volunteer, call the Fair at 273-6217.

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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 1 at Ponderosa Hall at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. Doors open at 5 pm, and dinner service begins at 6 pm.

For the event, the chefs will create and serve Arnie Romanello’s special 100-year-old recipe for all to enjoy. Dinner includes antipasto, all-you-can-eat Cioppino, salad and garlic bread.  This year, a pasta dish will be available to those who do not prefer Cioppino, but want to attend the event. A no-host bar will also be available, and there will be a silent dessert auction and a live auction.

Tickets are $35 per person. If you’d like to purchase a table for 8, it is $350 and includes two bottles of wine.   

Tickets are available by visiting the Nevada County Fairgrounds, calling the Fair Office at (530) 273-6217, or downloading an order form here.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation and its mission of supporting and improving the community’s Fairgrounds.
For more information, call (530) 273-6217.

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