Nevada County Fair Virtual Exhibit Contests

Nevada County Fair exhibit contests are going virtual! Beginning Monday (July 6) we will be holding weekly virtual exhibit contests. Below is a list of weekly contests, rules, prize information and all the information you need to know to prepare to enter your exhibits. Enter one week or all weeks – the more the merrier!

Weekly Contests

Jul 6 – 12
Toilet Paper Roll Art
Create a piece of artwork out of toilet paper rolls

July 13 – 19
Paint a Rock
Paint a rock with your favorite design, animal, bug, flower or inspirational quote

July 20 – 26
Pet Costume Contest
Send a picture of your pet or livestock animal in a costume. Both of you can be in a costume or just your pet.

July 27 – August 2
Produce Character
Use vegetables and fruit to create a sculpture of your choice.

August 3 – 9
Draw Your Favorite Thing at the Fair
Create a drawing with paint, ink pens, pencils or whatever you choose to create a drawing of your favorite thing at the Fair.

August 10 – 16
Blue Ribbon Entry (Anything Goes)
Send us a photo of anything that you would have entered as an exhibit at the 2020 Fair. It can be any item for any department.  

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We Are Your Nevada County Fair. We Are Your Nevada County Fairgrounds

Despite the cancellation of the 2020 Nevada County Fair, we are still here. We are your Nevada County Fairgrounds. We are your Nevada County Fair.

Established in 1884, the Nevada County Fair is one of the county’s oldest community institutions. Adaptability and innovation are part of our history. During WWII, the Fair was canceled for several years, the Draft Horse Classic was displaced during the 49er Fire, and now the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic will be part of our story. We will prove, as we have time and again, that as a Fairgrounds and as a community we are stronger together.

We know the cancellation of the Fair will have a huge impact on the community, including all the hardworking agricultural youth exhibitors, local nonprofit organizations represented on Treat Street, and the Fairgrounds itself.

There are many questions right now, but the one we hear the most often is, “Can I help?” The answer is a resounding “Yes!” Here’s how:

  • Visit here to bid and buy online at the official Nevada County Fair Junior Livestock and Ag Mechanics Auction August 13 – 15. 
  • Eat treats and support local nonprofits in August at the Drive-Through Treat Street events. Visit here to learn more.
  • Visit here to donate, advocate, or join the Fairgrounds Foundation in support of the Nevada County Fairgrounds. 

All the details can be found here

Photo by Kial James

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Meet Youth Livestock Exhibitor Delia

Meet youth livestock exhibitor Delia!  Pictured here with her market lamb Bruno, Delia is 11 years old, a member of the Chicago Park Hornets 4H Club and this is her second year raising animals for Fair. As she says, “I’m sad Fair is canceled,  but I will keep working hard because that’s what I would be doing anyway!” Like Delia, we’re busy working behind-the-scenes – in partnership with the Nevada County Livestock Producers and with financial and organizational support from the Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation, Bear River FFA Boosters, Nevada County Ag Youth Boosters, Nevada Union FFA Boosters, and the Nevada County Farm Bureau – to offer an online show and auction that showcases and honors all the hard work of our junior livestock and ag mechanics exhibitors. We’ll be posting more information on how you can support Delia and other youth exhibitors at the auction that will take place in August.
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Nevada County Fair Board Postpones 2020 Fair Decision

Press Release


Contact: Patrick Eidman, CEO, Nevada County Fairgrounds
(530) 273-6217; 


At the Nevada County Fairgrounds Board of Directors meeting Tuesday evening, the decision regarding the status of the 2020 Nevada County Fair was postponed.

The decision comes in light of Governor Newsom’s announcement on Tuesday afternoon that California is moving rapidly into Stage 3 of the reopening plan.

The delay will allow Fairgrounds staff and the Board to conduct fact finding, communicate with State and local public health officials and review any updated guidance regarding mass gatherings.

“We recognize that the Nevada County Fair is a treasured local event and that the cancellation would have an enormous impact on the community,” said Jeanette Royal, Board President of California’s 17th District Agricultural Association.  “Given that, and in light of the Governor’s announcement this afternoon, we need to make a decision based on the most current information available.”

The 2020 Nevada County Fair decision will be considered at the next Fairgrounds Board of Directors meeting, scheduled for Tuesday, June 9, 2020.

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Fairgrounds Board Cancels Poultry Show at 2020 Nevada County Fair

Due to the continued presence of Virulent Newcastle Disease in California, the Nevada County Fairgrounds Board of Directors voted unanimously Tuesday night to cancel live poultry exhibits and the poultry and market egg show at the 2020 Nevada County Fair.

The decision was made after Dr. Annette Jones, California State Veterinarian with the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), recommended cancelling poultry shows and poultry exhibits in California out of an abundance of caution until the regional quarantine in Southern California is lifted. The recommendation comes after a recent flareup of disease in the Southern California regional quarantine area, and the risk it poses to Fairs and poultry shows throughout the state.

Virulent Newcastle Disease is a highly contagious respiratory disease of birds, including chickens, that spreads quickly and is almost always deadly to poultry. Virus particles can spread 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.

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

“This decision was not made lightly, and we are all disappointed to have another Fair without live poultry exhibits,” said Patrick Eidman, CEO of the Nevada County Fairgrounds. “We can only hope that with most other Fairs following the same recommendation and CDFA’s proactive work in Southern California, that the restrictions will be lifted in time to have poultry return to the 2021 Nevada County Fair.”

To ensure that youth exhibitors in the poultry barn have opportunities to participate in the Fair, there will be various classes within the Youth Poultry Department, including a poultry poster contest and educational poultry booth displays.

Other livestock events and exhibits are expected to proceed as usual at the Nevada County Fair, August 12 – 16. For information about the Fair, visit

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Treat Street Booth Available

The Nevada County Fairgrounds has a vacant Treat Street booth and is seeking a local nonprofit group to operate the booth at the 2020 Nevada County Fair, August 12 – 16. This is a unique fundraising opportunity for a local organization and a fun way to be part of Treat Street at the Nevada County Fair!

The booth is located on “South Treat Street,” near Gate 5, between the popular NEO and SEED booths. Applicants may choose the food or beverage of their choice to serve from the booth, but proposed menu items must not conflict with existing concessions and must appeal to Fairgoers. In addition to preparing the food, the group must provide necessary equipment for the booth and staffing from 10 am – 11 pm during the five days of the Fair. Menu items for the booth will be pre-approved by Fair Management.

The Nevada County Fair’s Treat Street consists of community nonprofit service organizations. Last year, food and beverage concessions generated more than $1 million in sales at the Fair.

The application with additional information is available here. Interested nonprofit organizations must complete the application by March 20, 2020. For questions or to schedule a tour of the booth, contact Amy at 273-6217 or email .

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Nevada County Fair Wins in WFA’s Annual Achievement Awards Program

We’re proud to announce that the Nevada County Fair took home 16 awards last week from the annual Western Fairs Association‘s Annual Achievement Awards program. Some of those awards included awards for our collaboration with the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office (Search for the Sheriff Star), the T-Rex Races at the Destruction Derby (another partnership with local law enforcement), our Fun Fair Camp, Family Farm (a partnership with the Nevada County Farm Bureau Foundation), our “Farms, Food & Fun!” theme development, the yard games in Magic Forest, and two of our photos. A huge thank you to our community and businesses for their continued support and partnerships with the Fairgrounds. Without you, none of these awards would be possible!

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Inspiring Collaboration: Search for the Sheriff Star

We’ve been busy this week at the Western Fairs Association‘s convention learning about the industry’s best practices, and today we did a presentation on an inspiring collaboration between the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office and the Fair. The program, called the Search for the Sheriff Star, won a first place award in WFA’s Achievement Awards program (congratulations, Sheriff’s Office)! We’re so thankful for our community partnerships, and always proud to represent our community!


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