Fair Board Cancels Poultry Show at 2019 Nevada County Fair

Due to an outbreak of Virulent Newcastle Disease in California, the Nevada County Fairgrounds Board of Directors voted unanimously Tuesday night to cancel the poultry show and poultry exhibits at the 2019 Nevada County Fair.

The decision was made after Dr. Annette Jones, California State Veterinarian and Director of Animal Health and Food Safety Services with the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), recommended that all poultry shows and poultry exhibitions be cancelled throughout the state due to the disease.

Virulent Newcastle Disease is a highly contagious respiratory disease of birds, including chickens, that spreads quickly. According to CDFA, the disease does not affect meat or eggs but is almost always deadly to poultry. Virus particles can spread quickly by direct contact between birds, and people can spread the disease by moving infected birds, moving equipment and feed, and by wearing clothing and shoes that have been in infected areas. The only way to stop the spread of the virus and eradicate the disease is to euthanize infected birds, and all birds within highly infected areas. Since May 2018, staff from CDFA and the U.S. Department of Agriculture have been working in joint incident command to eradicate the disease in Southern California. The virus has resulted, or will soon result, in the euthanasia of more than one million birds in Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Ventura counties.

The Nevada County Fair joins numerous other fairs and poultry organizations to cancel shows following recommendations from the State Veterinarian.

“The poultry exhibit at the Fair is a favorite among Fair-goers and youth exhibitors,” said Patrick Eidman, CEO of the Nevada County Fairgrounds. “We understand the impact this decision will have on the youth in our poultry exhibit program and we’re disappointed for the kids, however our concern is for animal health and doing our part to help stop the spread of this terrible and highly infectious disease. We will work diligently to ensure that our youth exhibitors in the poultry barn will have opportunities to participate in the Fair. The exhibits team is already working to create new classes within the poultry department that will allow exhibitors to share their knowledge and hard work.”

Other livestock events and exhibits are expected to proceed as usual at the Nevada County Fair, August 7 – 11. 

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Livestock Entry Deadlines: Market Beef and Junior Horse

All livestock entry deadlines for market animals, junior horse exhibitors, all other livestock, and Ag Mechanics Auction for the 2019 Fair are now listed on our website here. As a reminder, Market Beef and Junior Horse entries are now open and have a deadline of April 5. All entries need to be completed online, and we’re here to help with the process. Let the Fair season begin!

 

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Nevada County Fair: Achievement Award Winner!

We’re proud to announce that the Nevada County Fair took home 10 awards last week from the annual Western Fairs Association’s Annual Achievement Awards program. We received awards for our goat yoga event at the Fair, our work in social media (featuring Fair Traditions), the collaboration with Nevada County Resource Conservation District and their work on Lions Lake, our partnership with The White Barn Project, our exhibit program (kites!), our employee retention program (love the new t-shirts!) and one of our photos. A huge thank you to our community and partners for their continued support of the Fairgrounds. Without you, none of these awards would be possible!

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“Best of” Voting Begins!

It’s the “Best Of” time of year! The Union is taking votes for their 2018 Best of Nevada County poll and we are thrilled that the Nevada County Fair has been nominated as Best Local Event and Best Place to Take the Kids. Additionally, the Nevada County Fairgrounds is nominated for Best Event Venue, Best Place to Picnic, Best place for Cycling, and Best Campground. What an honor – and we’re so, so pleased to see the Fairgrounds are loved and used by our community. If you’d like to vote, click here. Photo by Nevada City Scenics.

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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.

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2018 Nevada County Fair Wrap Up

A record setting year for Fair auctions (with more than $670,000 raised for Nevada County youth), 7,500 exhibits, and many community partnerships made for a successful 2018 Nevada County Fair.  Below is a wrap-up of the 2018 Nevada County Fair.

  • Approximately 91,000 people attended this year’s Fair.
  • More than $935,000 was raised on Treat Street by 30 local nonprofit organizations and food vendors. Proceeds raised by these organizations at the Fair allows vital services to be provided to our community.
  • The Ag Mechanics Auction featured 48 custom items handmade by Bear River and Nevada Union FFA students, and raised approximately $50,000 for these students.
  • Two hundred and fourteen animals were sold at the Junior Livestock Auction, grossing $620,000 for the youth of Nevada County. 
  • More than 11,000 attended the Fair’s five arena events – the Flying U Extreme Rodeo, Truck and Tractor Pulls, Monster Trucks and Tuff Trucks, and KNCO’s Destruction Derby. 
  • Margaret Heywood, who is 100 years old, visited the Nevada County Fair for her 43rd year in a row. She drives up every year from Burbank, and spends at least three of the five days visiting the Fair. Her family tradition is for her three kids, four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren to meet on Sunday morning of the Fair, attend the worship service, have a cinnamon roll and coffee, and sit and enjoy the entertainment at the Pine Tree Stage. Margaret says that while some things have changed throughout her 43 years of attending, the kindness of people and the beauty of the Fairgrounds has not.
  • This year’s Fair included more than 7,500 exhibits. From baked goods to fruits and vegetables to quilts, the Fair exhibit program gives the community the opportunity to showcase their talent and creativity. Popular exhibit categories this year included Kite Designing, Homebrew, California State Parks Youth Photo Contest, Ugliest Cake, and the Cell Phone Photo Contest.
  • Eighty businesses sponsored and partnered with the Fair to fund services and projects like the shade structure, landscaping, charging stations, free shuttle rides, supplies for special contests, shavings for the sale ring, and the water bottle filling station.
  • One week prior to opening day, the Fair partnered with BloodSource, The Food Bank of Nevada County, Foothill Lions Club, Nevada County 211, NEO, Story Club, Community Beyond Violence, Cinderella Project, The Karing Closet, Nevada County Diaper Project, Nevada County Pets in Need, Gold Country YMCA, and The White Barn Project to offer Community Involvement Day. As a result, 107 blood donors were registered and 92 pints of blood were donated (enough to help 276 people), 850 books were collected, 346 prescription eye glasses and 12 hearing aids were donated, 75 prom dresses were collected, enough clothes were donated for 70 kids to have a first day of school outfit, and 900 diapers, 20 cases of pet food and hundreds of pounds of food were collected.
  • As part of Community Involvement Day, the Foothills Lions Club provided free glaucoma and vision screening services and free hearing tests to adult and children. As a result, 19 individuals received no-cost vision services and 10 tested with the audiologist.
  • More than 165 vendors and concessionaires participated in this year’s Fair.
  • The Fair teamed up with local libraries on their summer reading program and provided carnival ride tickets as prizes to children who read during the summer. During Fair time, more than 250 coupons were given to young readers in our community.

“The Nevada County Fair is about the hardworking kids in the barns, volunteers, community partnerships, traditions and generations of families enjoying the Fair,” said Patrick Eidman, Deputy Manager of the Nevada County Fairgrounds. “It’s about showcasing talents and months of hard work, giving back and having fun. We’re proud of the 2018 Fair and we thank the community for its ongoing support and another successful year.”

The 2019 Nevada County Fair is August 7 – 11.

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