In hopeful anticipation of the 2021 Fair – and using the inspiration of optimism, resiliency, and coming together as a community – we’re happy to announce that the slogan for the 2021 Nevada County Fair is “The Fair is Back in Town!” Congratulations to Lisa Vaughan of Grass Valley for submitting the winning entry in the slogan contest that we ran at the end of 2020. We received almost 150 entries in the contest, so a big thank you to all who entered.
Letter of Interest: Carnival Services Contract
The 17th District Agricultural Association/Nevada County Fairgrounds is seeking confirmation of interest from any interested and qualified carnival companies to bid on the Carnival Services Contract for the 2021 – 2025 Nevada County Fair. To download the Letter of Interest and qualifications, visit here.
Looking for an easy way to support your favorite Treat Street organization as well as the Nevada County Fairgrounds? These cool “Treat Street Fanatic” t-shirts are now on sale for $12 ($20 if you want us to ship them to you) and with each shirt sold, $6 will go to the Treat Street nonprofit of the buyer’s choice and $6 to the Fairgrounds. Here’s how it works – call the Fairgrounds office at (530) 273-6217 and let us know your color choices and sizes, the organization you’d like support, and your credit card information. We’ll process your payment and have it ready for curbside pick-up at the Fairgrounds Office. Color choices are charcoal or army green and both come in sizes XS to XL. Colors/sizes are very limited, so order soon. For those who order four or more t-shirts, we’ll thrown in a surprise gift from the Fairgrounds! 😊 What a perfect holiday gift or stocking stuffer, and a fun way to support your favorite Treat Street nonprofit.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – October 29, 2020
NEVADA COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS BEGINS SEARCH FOR 2021 FAIR SLOGAN
Given the unprecedented year of 2020, and in hopeful anticipation of the 2021 Fair, the Nevada County Fair theme for 2021 is all about optimism, resiliency, and coming together as a community. To find the perfect slogan for the 2021 Fair, the Fairgrounds is offering a slogan contest. Do you have an idea for a catchy or fun slogan that captures the spirit of the 2021 Fair theme? If so, submit it!
Visit the Fairgrounds website at NevadaCountyFair.com to submit a slogan. Submissions must be five words or less and trademarked slogans will not be considered. The contest is open to Nevada County residents only and runs through November 27, 2020. No phone entries will be accepted. The winner of the slogan selected will receive a 2021 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.
Each year, the Fair slogan appears on advertisements, posters, banners and social media, and is used to inspire special contests, exhibit categories, and decorations for the Fair.
The 2021 Nevada County Fair is scheduled for August 11 – 15. For a complete list of contest rules and information, visit NevadaCountyFair.com or call (530) 273-6217.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – October 6, 2020
Contact: Wendy Oaks, Deputy Manager, Nevada County Fairgrounds
(530) 273-6217; WendyO@NevadaCountyFair.com
SIMI LYSS INDUCTED INTO NEVADA COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS HALL OF FAME
The Nevada County Fairgrounds Board of Directors recently inducted Dr. Simi Lyss into the Nevada County Fairgrounds Hall of Fame. The Board recognized Lyss as the 2020 Hall of Fame inductee for his longtime service and commitment to the Nevada County Fairgrounds.
Simi first became involved with the Fairgrounds as a volunteer with the Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum Club, where he assisted the group in renovating their displays and expanding their youth outreach program. During that time, he began attending Fairgrounds Board meetings and was ultimately appointed by the Governor to serve as a member of the Nevada County Fairgrounds Board of Directors. He went on to serve on the Board for 14 years, where he worked tirelessly on behalf of the Fairgrounds. He was instrumental in the formation of the Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation, which continues to serve a vital role in supporting and improving the health and beauty of the Fairgrounds and fostering projects that develop local youth in agriculture. As a nature supporter, he also initiated and funded the tree reforestation program at the Fairgrounds.
“Simi’s commitment to serve the Fairgrounds and the community has proven to be valuable and noteworthy,” said Jeanette Royal, president of the Fairgrounds Board of Directors. “His extensive executive experience and financial background have greatly benefitted the Board, and we are so thankful for his years of selfless commitment and professionalism.”
Simi is a Board-certified dermatologist who retired from active practice in 1999. Working roles included Senior Vice President for Health Affairs and Chief Medical Officer for Health Partners of the Southeast; Regional Medical Director of Kaiser Permanente, Northeast Region; Chief of Staff of Kaiser Foundation Hospital; and Physician-in-Chief of The Permanente Medical Group in Walnut Creek, CA. Following retirement, Simi served as the Interim Chief Medical Officer of the Western Medical Clinic, as well as President of the Kellermann Foundation.
He graduated with a Doctor of Medicine from the University of California, San Francisco and is American Board of Dermatology certified. He also received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley; and he is a graduate of the School of Business Executive Program at Stanford University. Simi is a 1953 graduate of Nevada Union High School. He is married to wife Cookie, and together they have three children and two grandchildren.
As for the Fairgrounds, Simi says “I have so many fond memories at the Fairgrounds –from operating the push truck with my son, Rob, at the weekly races, visiting the carnival area during high school, and even helping a friend show a steer. But, by far, my fondest memories are of the people – some of whom have become my dearest friends – I’ve met along the way.”
Of being inducted into the Hall of Fame, “I was totally surprised and am honored,” said Simi. “I believe the Nevada County Fairgrounds is a community treasure. There is no other place like the Fairgrounds that serves as such a valuable resource while also bringing the community together to laugh and celebrate, and I’m so proud to be part of their story.”
Simi was inducted into the Hall of Fame via Zoom at a September Board of Director’s meeting, with several friends and family in attendance to express their congratulations and appreciation for Simi. He received a portrait donated by Shaffers Originals of Grass Valley.
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Photo by Shaffers Originals
While this year looks different for us in so many ways, one thing has remained the same – community! Thank you, thank you, thank you to all those who supported our Junior Livestock and Ag Mechanics exhibitors through the 2020 online auction. Every exhibitor’s animal or project was sold and more than $465,000 was raised online in three days for these exhibitors. To say that we are immensely thankful to all of you for supporting Nevada County’s agricultural youth is an understatement. What an amazing community! Photo by Sara Hollenbeck.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – August 7, 2020
Bid and Buy at the 2020 Nevada County Fair Online Junior Livestock and Ag Mechanics Auction
The Nevada County Fairgrounds, in partnership with the Nevada County Livestock Producers, will host an online Junior Livestock and Ag Mechanics Auction on August 13 – 15 at NevadaCountyFair.com. The auction opens at 9 am on August 13 and begins closing on August 15 at 9 am, with lots closing in 90 second intervals until the final lot is complete.
The auction provides an opportunity to support youth in agriculture, fill your freezer with delicious locally-raised meat, and purchase hand-crafted projects for your home and garden.
Online bidding will be open for three days. During that time, buyers can bid on animals and projects, support the exhibitors individually with “Add On” bids through the online platform or they can contribute to a “Community Pool” of funds that will be used to broadly support the sale and junior exhibitors.
The 2019 Junior Livestock and Ag Mechanics auctions grossed a record setting $736,000 for the youth of Nevada County. These auctions represent the culmination of a long year of work and dedication by FFA, 4-H and independent youth exhibitors. Each bid and purchase is an investment in the next generation of agriculture and supports their future projects in agriculture, college funding and vocational training.
If you are a new buyer, please complete the new buyer registration form at NevadaCountyFair.com in advance of the online auction. Existing buyers are already in the system, but if your contact information has changed, please call the Fairgrounds Office to update. Once the auction begins on August 13, all buyers will be able to log in, review the auction lots, and bid. The Fairgrounds website has a page dedicated to buyers and includes information about how to bid and buy and will include a direct link to the auction once it opens.
For information about the auction or participating in the auction, visit NevadaCountyFair.com or call (530) 273-6217.
Announcing the 2020 Nevada County Fair Market Animal Champions and the Ag Mechanics Proud Tradition Winner. Congratulations to all!