Country Christmas Faire Results and Gingerbread House Results

Last weekend’s 34th Annual Country Christmas Faire at the Nevada County Fairgrounds welcomed more than 8,000 visitors and 115 vendors, featured 45 gingerbread houses and 75 coloring entries, and hosted a canned food drive.

The 16th Annual Gingerbread House Competition featured 45 entries. Of those entries, Best of Show ribbons and gift baskets donated by Tess’ Kitchen Store were awarded to Leeam Eaton, Owen Strolle, Johanna Pease, and Avery Lawson/Joanne Perilman. The People’s Choice/Best of Show Winner was Kathy Kinney, who received a gift basket from Tess’ and a cash prize.

First place winners in the Gingerbread House Competition include Charlie McCollum, Breck Lumbard, Emelina Lumbard, Christian Augustine, Lilah Black, Evie Black, Hazel Duran, Annabelle Husak, and Deacon McCollum (age 5 & under); Leeam Eaton (age 6-8); Finn Beckin (age 9 – 12);  Jessa Jaskier (Kits); Owen Strolle (age 13-17); Kathy Kinney (age 18 -64); Johanna Pease (Special Needs); S.S.J. Stalcup and Ramey Cousins (group – children); Avery Lawson/Joanne Perilman, and Margo Murphy (family); and Christie Harris (group – adult).

At Sunday’s canned food drive, Interfaith Food Ministry collected more than 578 pounds of food for families in need.  In addition, the Clear Creek School Errand Elves raised funds for science camp; and Big Horse Works, who provided carriage rides at the Faire, donated more than $300 to those impacted by the Camp Fire.   

The names of all the Gingerbread House Competition winners can be found here. The 2019 Country Christmas Faire is planned for Thanksgiving weekend, November 29, 30 and December 1.

Photo by Lenkaland Photography

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Gingerbread House Competition!

Now is the time for holiday bakers to think about the creation of a magical gingerbread house to enter in the 16th annual Gingerbread House Competition at the Country Christmas Faire, held November 23, 24, and 25 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley.

Competitors may enter any of the many categories, including children, teens, adults, special needs, families, and groups.  There’s even a category for those who want to enter a house made from a kit. All those who enter and deliver a gingerbread house will receive one free admission pass to the Country Christmas Faire.

Ribbons are given to all winners, and the Best of Show winner will receive $100. A gift basket from Tess’ Kitchen Store will also be awarded to the Best of Show winner and the People’s Choice Award winner.

Entry forms must be received at the Fairgrounds by Friday, November 16 by 4 pm. The actual gingerbread house must be delivered to the Fairgrounds on Tuesday, November 20 between the hours of 8 am – 4 pm at Ponderosa Hall.  The cost is $2 to enter. Entry forms and a complete list of rules are available at the Fairgrounds office on McCourtney Road or here

The Country Christmas Faire features the work of talented artisans who fill the Fairgrounds exhibit buildings with quality handmade crafts and unique gifts. Visitors can also enjoy holiday music, gourmet festival foods, wagon rides, and a community bonfire. Santa Claus will be on hand to greet children, so bring your camera to get that special photo. Santa will be available each day until an hour before closing time.

Free babysitting will be offered by Girl Scouts of the Northern Mines Service Unit and parents can drop off their children for free arts and crafts while they enjoy shopping. Errand Elves from Clear Creek School will be available in the lobby of Main Street Center to assist shoppers throughout the event.

The Country Christmas Faire begins Friday, November 23, and runs through Sunday, November 25.  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.   

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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 23 – 25, 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, fill out the entry form, complete the drawing, and return it to the Nevada County Fairgrounds – either by mail or in person – before November 16.  The coloring contest is 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 2019 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 four exhibit buildings filled with handcrafted gifts and unique crafts. Visitors to the Faire also enjoy strolling musical entertainment, festival foods, wagon rides, a visit with Santa Claus, and a community bonfire. The Country Christmas Faire begins Friday, November 23, and runs through Sunday, November 25.  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 Interfaith Food Ministry and distributed in December to those in need.  

For more information, visit here or call (530) 273-6217.

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Enter the Gingerbread House Competition

How about creating a gingerbread house to enter in the Gingerbread House Competition at the Country Christmas Faire? There are lots of categories to choose from and all those who enter receive a free admission ticket to the Christmas Faire. Forms are available here or at the Fairgrounds Office. The deadline to turn in the form is November 16. It’s all part of the fun at the Country Christmas Faire, November 23 – 25 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds.

The Country Christmas Faire at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley, California. An annual event featuring artists, gingerbread houses, and Santa.

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Coloring Contest!

The Fairgrounds is hosting a coloring contest for children and adults as part of the Country Christmas Faire. Coloring sheets and rules are available here or at the Fairgrounds office. There are two drawings to choose from, so choose your favorite and color away! It’s free to enter and all entries will be displayed at the Country Christmas Faire, November 23 – 25. Winners in each category will receive 2019 carnival ride coupons. Artwork by Lindsay Waltman-Ostrom. Have fun! 

 

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