Wanted: Crafters for 2018 Country Christmas Faire

Are you interested in being a vendor at the 2018 Country Christmas Faire? Last year’s event had more than 10,000 visitors! If you’re interested in being part of this unique holiday event, the application is available here. Photo by @sweetpickensreno.

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Country Christmas Faire Wrap-Up and Gingerbread Competition Results

Last weekend’s Country Christmas Faire at the Nevada County Fairgrounds saw more than 10,000 visitors, welcomed more than 120 vendors, featured 60 gingerbread houses, and hosted a canned food drive.

The 15th Annual Gingerbread House Competition featured 60 entries.  Of those entries, the Best of Show was awarded to Kathy Kinney of Grass Valley and the People’s Choice Award went to Mary Sweet and Austin Ault of Rocklin. The Best of Show is chosen by the judges, and the People’s Choice is selected through ballots cast by individuals who attend the Christmas Faire.

First place winners include Keilani Strachan, Breck Lumbard, and Deacon McCollum (age 5 & under); Caylee Sinnock and Katelyn Ines (age 6-8); Savannah McNeely, Finn Becker, and Kenzie McCormick (age 9 – 12);  Nicholas Husak, Sebastian Lancaster, Sunny Deily, and Jacklynn Anderson (Kits: Age 8 and under); Owen Strolle (age 13-17); Kathy Kinney (age 18 -64); Richard Decker (age 65 & over); Violet Weston (Special Needs); 1st Grade Scotten After School Program (group – children); Ramey Cousins (group – teens); and the Dorer-Bratton Family (family category).

At Sunday’s canned food drive, Grass Valley Elks Lodge #538, with help from Boy Scout Troop 21, collected canned food donations for families in need during the holiday season.

The names of all the Gingerbread House Competition winners can be found here. The 2018 Country Christmas Faire is planned for Thanksgiving weekend, November 23, 24, and 25.

Gingerbread House, 2017 Best of Show winner, by Kathy Kinney

2017 Best of Show award, Gingerbread House Competition, by Kathy Kinney.

 

2017 People's Choice Award, Gingerbread House

2017 People’s Choice Award (Mary Sweet and Austin Ault)

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Gingerbread House Competition Results

Winners of the 15th Annual Gingerbread House Competition at the Country Christmas Faire are now posted on our website. The Best of Show award goes to Kathy Kinney of Penn Valley, and the People’s Choice award goes to Mary Sweet and Austin Ault of Rocklin. Congratulations to all the winners and thank you to all (there were 60 entries!) who entered the competition!

Gingerbread House, 2017 Best of Show winner, by Kathy Kinney

2017 Best of Show by Kathy Kinney.

 

2017 People's Choice Award, Gingerbread House

2017 People’s Choice by Mary Sweet and Austin Ault

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Congratulations to the Christmas Faire Best of Show Booth Display Winners

Congratulations to the following individuals for winning “Best of Show” for their booth display at the Country Christmas Faire. On Sunday, Diane Hawkeswood (our Country Christmas Faire extraordinaire) and Fairgrounds CEO Rea Callender visited the booths to present the ribbons to the winners, including (top left to bottom right) – Tina from Someware in Time (Main Street); Ann from Red Apron Toffee Co. (Sugar Pine); Jane from Jane’s Country Creations (Northern Mines), and Jennifer from Grandma’s Glass Boutique-Jennifer Duncan (Ponderosa Hall).  Thank you to all our vendors (more than 120 of them) for all their hard work in making the 2017 Country Christmas Faire a success!

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Roasting Chestnuts: Carrying on the Tradition (Thank You, Kathlene Snow)

In memory of her Dad, Dean Pitts, Kathlene Snow will be roasting chestnuts at this year’s Country Christmas Faire. For the past 10 years, Dean (picture here with Sharon, his wife of 64 years) roasted chestnuts at the bonfire at the Country Christmas Faire. When he passed away earlier this year, Kathlene decided to step in to continue the tradition. According to Kathlene, “the Country Christmas Faire was his event. He loved the people and the chance to volunteer. He became close friends with the firefighters who watched over the fire pit, and he loved visiting with the public. He never knew a stranger.  His shoes will be hard to fill, but I am thankful for the opportunity. It will be healing for us all.”  When visiting the Country Christmas Faire, be sure to stop by the community bonfire, try a roasted chestnut, and say hi to Kathlene (who will be wearing her Dad’s hat).

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Country Christmas Faire Coloring Contest: Entries Due by November 17

The Nevada County Fairgrounds is offering a coloring contest for children and adults as part of the annual Country Christmas Faire, November 24 – 26, at the Nevada County Fairgrounds.

Coloring sheets are available at the Fairgrounds office on McCourtney Road or they can be downloaded here

There are two drawings to choose from, and it’s free to enter the coloring contest. Simply choose your favorite drawing of the two, fill out the entry form, complete the drawing, and return it to the Nevada County Fairgrounds – either by mail or in person – before November 17.  The coloring contest is open to Nevada County residents only, and limited to one entry per person.

The coloring contest is divided into seven categories: five years old and under, 6 – 8 years, 9 – 12 years, 13 – 17 years, 18 – 64 years, 65 and over, and special needs. First, second and third place prizes will be awarded.  Winners will receive carnival ride coupons for the 2018 Nevada County Fair.   

All entries will be on display in Ponderosa Hall with the gingerbread houses during the Country Christmas Faire.  Winners will be announced with ribbons on opening day of the Country Christmas Faire.

The Country Christmas Faire features exhibit buildings filled with handcrafted gifts and unique crafts. Visitors to the Faire also enjoy strolling entertainment, festival foods, wagon rides, a visit with Santa Claus, and a community bonfire. The Country Christmas Faire begins Friday, November 24, and runs through Sunday, November 26.  The hours are 10 am – 5 pm on Friday and Saturday; and 10 am – 4 pm on Sunday.  Admission is $5 for adults, and free to children 12 and under. Parking is free.  On Sunday only, bring a can of food and receive $1 off admission. All food will be collected by the Grass Valley Elks and distributed in their Christmas baskets in December.

 

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