Suggest a Slogan for the 2020 Fair

Submit the winning slogan and win a prize package to the 2020 Nevada County Fair

The 2020 Fair theme is all about local traditions, and the Fairgrounds is holding a contest to find the winning slogan for the 2020 Fair. Nevada County is rich in history and cherished traditions and we’d like to feature those traditions at the Nevada County Fair. Do you have a catchy or fun slogan for the Fair that features a local tradition? If so, submit it!

Visit this page to submit a slogan. Be creative and have fun! If the slogan you submit is selected, you win. The winner will receive a 2020 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 trademarked slogans will not be considered. The contest is open to Nevada County residents only and runs through November 13, 2019. 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 2020 Nevada County Fair is scheduled for August 12 – 16. For a complete list of contest rules or information, click here or call (530) 273-6217.

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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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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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Nevada County Fairgrounds Begins Search For Chief Executive Officer

Recruitment for new CEO begins; closing date is October 15, 2018

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. The CEO position is responsible for managing the Nevada County Fair, the Draft Horse Classic and Harvest Fair, the Country Christmas Faire, year-round events, concerts, the RV Park, and community gatherings at the Nevada County Fairgrounds.

Qualified candidates should have a background in business administration, agriculture, and event/fair experience. Candidates should also have strong leadership, organizational, financial management, marketing and communication skills; as well as a willingness to be active in local, regional, and state association activities.

For those interested, the application process and details can be found at NevadaCountyFair.com. If applying, please send a cover letter, comprehensive resume, and five professional references via mail to:

Nevada County Fairgrounds
Attention: Steve Steele, Board President
11228 McCourtney Road
Grass Valley, CA 95949
The closing date for applications is October 15, 2018.

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

It’s free and all exhibitors will receive free tickets to a Draft Horse Classic performance

Entry forms are now being accepted for exhibits in the Harvest Fair, which takes place during the Draft Horse Classic, September 22 – 23, at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. The deadline to turn in entry forms to enter exhibits is 4 pm on Friday, September 14. It’s free to enter and all exhibitors will receive complimentary tickets to the Friday morning performance of the Draft Horse Classic.

There are more than 100 different categories to choose from, including fruits and vegetables, cobblers, harvest pies, scarecrows, jams, honey, cut flowers, produce characters, and birdhouses. There’s even an Adult Artistic Corner for those interested in showing off arts and crafts. There’s a division for youth and teens, which includes categories like apple face dolls, decoupage, painted pumpkins, wreaths, table settings, and ceramics. A complete description of all Harvest Fair divisions and categories is available online.

To enter, exhibitors must submit entry forms at the Fair office or online between now and Friday, September 14 at 4 pm. It’s free, it’s a simple process to complete the paperwork, and it’s fun to see your exhibits on display at the Harvest Fair.

The Draft Horse Classic and Harvest Fair is September 22 – 23 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. There are six performances to choose from – Friday at 10 am and 6:30 pm, Saturday at 10 am and 6:30 pm, and Sunday at 10 am and 4 pm.

In addition to the Draft Horse performances, the Harvest Fair is happening at the Fairgrounds throughout the event. Musical entertainment, Art at the Classic, food vendors on Treat Street and around the grounds, vendors selling wares at the Western Trade Show, Harvest Fair exhibits, and visits to the barns make for a fun day at the Harvest Fair.

The Western Music Fest takes place each day beginning at noon on Friday and Saturday and 11 am on Sunday at Pine Tree Stage. There will be ongoing musical entertainment, with the sounds of Sourdough Slim, Strung Nugget Gang, Dust in My Coffee, and Danny Morris and The California Stars. Headliners include James Gamer’s Tribute to Johnny Cash on Friday, September 22 from 4:30 pm – 6 pm; and Brenn Hill, performing cowboy and country music, on Saturday, September 22 from 4:30 – 6 pm. All musical entertainment is free, so stop by and grab a bite to eat, enjoy some music under the shade of the tall pine trees, and catch a Draft Horse performance after the musical entertainment.

For Draft Horse performance tickets or information about entering a Harvest Fair exhibit, call the Fair Office at (530) 273-6217.

Categories: Announcements and Draft Horse Classic.

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. 

Categories: Announcements and Nevada County Fair.