Sisters Win Large Animal Master Showmanship at Nevada County Fair

So many fun stories from the 2017 Fair! In the livestock area, sisters Maddie and Rylee Prechter both won Large Animal Master Showmanship. Maddie, 17, who attends Bear River High School and is part of the FFA program, won the FFA Large Animal Master Showmanship. Maddie also had the Reserve Champion for her ewe and her Angus heifer. Rylee, 14, who graduated from Magnolia and is now attending Bear River, won the 4-H Large Animal Master Showmanship. She also had the Supreme Champion steer. Both girls have been competing at the Nevada County Fair since they were five years old; and, according to their Mom, Michelle, “they are an amazing team, work great together and always help each other reach their goals.” Congratulations, Maddie and Rylee!
 
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Rough and Ready Volunteer Fire Department: 4 Tons of Potatoes

Here’s a fun Fair fact for you. At the 2017 Nevada County Fair, the Rough and Ready Volunteer Fire Department’s baked potato booth sold almost 4 tons of baked potatoes! Now that’s a lot of potatoes! If you missed getting some of this deliciousness during the Fair, they’ll be selling baked potatoes at this year’s Draft Horse Classic.

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Congratulations to All Our Fair Exhibitor Winners

Congratulations to all our Fair exhibitors.  The 2017 Nevada County Fair had more than 7,100 exhibit entries, and below is a list of livestock and still exhibit winners by category, or they can be found here.

 Livestock Winners

 Still Exhibit Winners

 Director’s Award Winners

Thank you to all those who entered exhibits in the Fair, and for allowing us to showcase your talent, passion, and creativity at the Fair. What a talented community we serve!

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Nevada County Fair Schedules Livestock Meeting

Nevada County Fair officials have scheduled a livestock meeting for Tuesday, September 5, to review the 2017 Fair’s livestock exhibits and to plan for the 2018 Fair.

The meeting will be held at 6 pm in Sugar Pine Lodge at the Nevada County Fairgrounds (Gate 1) on McCourtney Road. FFA advisors, 4-H leaders, Grange leaders, exhibitors and others interested in the Nevada County Fair livestock exhibits are invited to participate. While no specific timing is assigned to each species, the critique order is small animals, goats, beef, sheep and swine.

The livestock meeting is set each year following the Fair so that those involved in the Fair’s livestock exhibits can review and discuss what worked, as well as recommend improvements for the following year.

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Another Example of Community Support for Youth in Agriculture

Another example of our community supporting youth in agriculture. Check out these beautiful projects made by local high school students and purchased from the Ag Mechanics Auction. Thank you, Riebes Auto Parts, for your ongoing support of the Nevada County Fair and the youth of our county! Welcome sign by Chana Ferguson, cross in window by Amanda Perry, piano bar by Kalie Bisagno, and transmission table by Christoph Paul.
 
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Thank You for Supporting Local Youth in Agriculture

Wow! Together, this year’s Junior Livestock Auction and Ag Mechanics Auction grossed more than $586,000 (which includes $67,000 in bumps) for our local youth! Thank you to all the buyers and businesses for supporting Nevada County’s youth in agriculture and our next generation!
 
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Thank you, Nevada County!

…and just like that, it’s over.   Thank you to our dedicated Fair team, volunteers, sponsors, service organizations, Fair-goers, and our amazing community for making the 2017 Fair a success. Let the planning for the 2018 Fair begin. Photo by Lenkaland Photography.

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Thank You to Our Presenting Sponsors

A big thank you to Cirino’s at Main Street, Hansen Bros. Enterprises, and Byers for their tremendous support as this year’s Nevada County Fair Presenting Sponsors. These sponsors, as well as our more than 70 community partners, help to fund different Fair activities and services at the Fair, and we are so thankful for their community support!  
 
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Nevada County Fair: August 9 – 13

With a theme of “Sea You at the Fair,” this year’s Nevada County Fair is happening August 9 – 13 at the tree-covered Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley. The Nevada County Fair features five days of fun for Fair-goers of all ages, and is the perfect opportunity to listen to ongoing musical entertainment, eat delicious food, enjoy carnival rides and games, visit barns full of animals, and see thousands of exhibits – all in a community-friendly environment.

New this year is the Stingray Encounter, where Fair-goers can view, touch and learn about stingrays; the Beachcomber Area, which features a giant sandbox; a Bubble Gum Blow Off and a Frozen T-Shirt Challenge in the Special Events Tent; several robotics displays; and Michael Mesmer’s “Strange Magic,” featuring optical illusions and magic. Check out the livestock obstacle courses, the hay bucking contest, horse and stock dog demonstrations, and the small animal costume contests.

In the arena, Wednesday and Thursday night is the Flying U Extreme Rodeo; Friday and Saturday night features Tuff Trucks and Monster Trucks; and Sunday night is the popular Destruction Derby. All arena events begin at 7 pm.

Enjoy ongoing, musical entertainment at one of the two outdoor stages featuring more than 25 musicians and bands during the Fair. Enjoy rock and roll, traditional country, reggae, classic rock, Chicago blues, and West Coast blues. Or, check out the tribute bands – The Rhythm Vandals (Santana Tribute) and Starpeople (a tribute to the Rolling Stones).

Enter one of the special contests for adults and kids held daily in the Special Events tent. There’s a Bubble Gum Blow Off, a Frozen Shirt Challenge, Jell-O Eating Contest, Duct Tape Art Challenge, Live Art Battle, “Minute to Win It” fun, squash mobile races, and nightly karaoke. No pre-registration required – just show up and have fun.

A visit to the Fair wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Treat Street. It is here that you’ll find an array of delicious foods and drinks – pasties, tacos, corn on the cob, beer, pulled pork sandwiches, baked potatoes, nachos, hamburgers, corn dogs, caramel corn, and more. When you eat on Treat Street, you are supporting local nonprofit organizations.

Tickets are on sale now. To purchase tickets, visit here or you can purchase your tickets at the gate.  

The Nevada County Fairgrounds is located at 11228 McCourtney Road in Grass Valley. For a list of daily activities, event details, tickets, or general information, visit here or call (530) 273-6217.

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Roger Ingram Receives 2017 Blue Ribbon Award

Roger Ingram of Grass Valley has been named the 2017 Blue Ribbon Award recipient by the Nevada County Fairgrounds Board of Directors. The award was created by Western Fairs Association (WFA), a nonprofit trade association serving the Fair industry, to recognize those who support and contribute to the quality of their local Fair. Roger is recognized for his contributions to the agriculture programs at the Nevada County Fairgrounds.

Roger’s involvement with the Fair began in 1986 when he started with the UC Cooperative Extension (UCCE). From 1986 – 1993, he served as the 4-H/Livestock and Natural Resources Advisor in Nevada County. His primary responsibility was management of the 4-H program; and, specifically, at the Nevada County Fair, he organized and conducted a livestock judging contest until 1995. He has been instrumental in coordinating carcass quality programs for Fair animals and working with exhibitors and leaders to understand the data and to use it to improve their feeding and management practices.

Additionally, from 2006 – 2011, Roger gave a series of agriculture-related presentations at the Fair as part of the series of workshops coordinated by the Nevada County Resource Conservation District.

Roger became the UCCE Livestock and Natural Resources Advisor in 1993, and the County Director in 2007. During this time, he helped with the development of Nevada County Grown, worked with local meat producers on marketing and processing issues, and worked extensively on agricultural policies and regulations.  He has also been involved with the Nevada County Farm Bureau, Nevada County Agricultural Commission, Nevada County Grown, Tahoe Cattlemen’s Association, and Gold Country Sheep Producers Association. Roger retired earlier this year.

“For decades, Roger has been an advocate of local youth in agriculture, particularly the youth at the Nevada County Fair,” said Rea Callender, CEO of the Nevada County Fairgrounds. “His contributions to the agriculture programs at the Fairgrounds have educated adults and children.  Whether it’s participating in the annual Farm Day, assisting with agricultural youth programs, serving as a guest speaker in the seminar series at the Fair, or assisting the kids at the Fair – his work is invaluable.”

“I am both honored and humbled to receive the Blue Ribbon Award,” said Roger. “The Nevada County Fair holds such a deep connection with local residents, and it has been an honor to serve the residents of Nevada County.”

Roger will be recognized at Opening Day Ceremony of the Fair on August 9. 

 

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