Thank you, Nevada City Chamber of Commerce, for all the work you are doing on your booth on Treat Street to make it even more beautiful! We can’t wait for the Nevada County Fair for those delicious hamburgers and Root Beer floats.
The Nevada County Fair’s mandatory registration deadline for all market beef is 4:00 pm, Friday, April 7th. The mandatory registration deadline of all other large market animals including Turkeys is 4:00 pm, Friday, June 9th.
Junior beef exhibitors may register their market animals at the Fairground’s Administration Office, Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4 pm, beginning March 20th. The absolute deadline for market beef registration is 4:00 pm, Friday, April 7th. Goat, lamb, hog and turkey exhibitors may register their market animals beginning May 22nd. The absolute deadline for market goat, sheep, swine and turkey registration is 4:00 pm, Friday, June 9th.
All FFA, 4-H, Grange and Independent exhibitors are required to register their market animals for the Fair on the dates specified above by completing an entry form and paying the entry fees. Entry forms and detailed instructions are available at the 4-H Office, through FFA Advisors, the Fair Administration Office, and here.
To exhibit a large market animal at the 2017 Nevada County Fair, exhibitors must be 9 years old or in the 4th grade by January 1, 2017 and must be a Nevada County Junior. A Nevada County Junior exhibitor is defined as:
- An exhibitor whose legal residence is within the boundaries of the Nevada County Fair and who attends a school within Nevada County, or
- An exhibitor who lives outside Nevada County, attends a school in Nevada County and is a member of the FFA, Nevada County 4-H or Nevada County Grange, or
- An exhibitor who is a Nevada County resident enrolled and attending college and is a member of the FFA, Nevada County 4-H or Nevada County Grange.
Although an exhibitor may enter only one large market animal in the Fair, each exhibitor will be allowed to register a maximum of 2 animals per species, not to exceed 4 animals in total. The Fair appreciates that exhibitors often choose to raise more than one market animal, giving them the option of bringing their finest quality animal to the Fair to sell through the Junior Livestock Auction, which is scheduled during the Fair on Sunday, August 13th. A family may choose to register a second animal of the same species to be shared by their children in the event that one of their children needs to bring a back-up animal.
The 2017 Nevada County Fair is scheduled for August 9th through 13th. For information on market animal registration or becoming involved in the Junior Livestock Auction as a buyer or volunteer, call the Fair at 273-6217.
The Nevada County Fairgrounds announced this week that Patrick Eidman has been named the new Deputy Manager of the Nevada County Fairgrounds.
Eidman has worked in the private, nonprofit, and public sectors; and brings more than 15 years of management, grant writing, fundraising, and financial reporting experience to the job. He recently worked for the State of California Sierra Nevada Conservancy, where he served as the Special Projects and Field Operations Grant Program Coordinator and managed the Conservancy’s evaluation and distribution of local assistance grants, including $10 million in funding during his tenure. Prior to that, he worked for the State of Colorado as the Director of Historic Preservation Technical Outreach, where he assisted with planning the largest statewide historic preservation conference in the United States.
Eidman also brings extensive livestock knowledge to the job. He is a native of Grass Valley and a graduate of Nevada Union High School, and he spent his youth exhibiting steers and sheep at the Nevada County Fair. Additionally, he has served as Livestock Secretary at the Nevada County Fair for the past 7 years; he is a member of the Nevada County Farm Bureau, serving as Second Vice President and Chair of the Nevada County Ag Tour Committee; and he is a member of the Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation. He is a graduate of Sonoma State University, where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Studies.
“We are thrilled that Patrick is joining the Fairgrounds’ team,” said Rea Callender, Nevada County Fairgrounds Chief Executive Officer. “He has great passion for the Nevada County Fairgrounds and a deep connection to Nevada County, and he brings with him a wealth of knowledge, particularly in the livestock area.”
Eidman begins as Deputy Manager at the Nevada County Fairgrounds this week. He replaces Robin Hauck, who is retiring this month after 38 years in the Fair industry, including serving as the Deputy Manager since 2009.
Does your group have a skill they’d like to demonstrate to Fair-goers? Want to do a martial arts demonstration, a cheerleading demonstration, or show off your baton twirling skills? We’re now accepting applications for community acts and demonstrations to perform at the 2017 Nevada County Fair. Applications are available here.
Look what we received in the office this week? The Western Fair Association’s Merrill Award, which is the Fair industry’s highest honor! We won the award in January for the Fair’s Community Involvement Day, but now we have the actual award in our office. Thank you to the Fairgrounds team, and our amazing and giving community for making this award possible. So, so proud!