Fifty one days and counting! We’re so excited!!
What fun it was to surprise Bill Mitchell at Thursday’s Fairgrounds staff meeting with the news that he has been selected by the Nevada County Fairgrounds Board as a 2019 Nevada County Fair Hall of Fame inductee. The honor is given to those who have provided long-term service and dedication to the Nevada County Fairgrounds. Bill, whom we fondly refer to as “Mitchell,” has provided countless hours (years!) of volunteer service to the Fairgrounds and we are a better place because of him. We’ll be sharing more about Bill later and the many reasons he was chosen; but right now we just want to say – congratulations, Mitchell!
All livestock entry deadlines for market animals, all other livestock, and Ag Mechanics Auction for the 2019 Fair are listed on our website here. As a reminder, Market Goat, Lamb and Swine entries opened today (and close June 7). All entries need to be completed online. If you have questions, we’re here to help.
Look what got planted at the Nevada County Fairgrounds this morning – Marigolds on Gold Path! A big thank you to Nevada Union FFA for planting these flowers for our community to enjoy all summer! Let the Fair season begin!
Introducing Fun Fair Camp, where kids get to create an exhibit to enter in the Fair. Sew a pillow or pot holder, learn photography and prepare a photo to enter, make cookies and take home the recipe to prepare for your Fair entry, or paint a clay pot to enter in the “Farm Fun Planter Pots” division. This fun day camp is happening on Monday, June 24, from 8:30 am – 3:30 pm and is available to ages 6-12. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Stop by the Fair Office to register or give us a call at 530-273-6217. Don’t miss out on the fun!
Introducing the 2019 Nevada County Fair poster! We’re so excited about this design and the fun, fresh look! This year’s poster was created by talented photographer/designer Kial James and we love the Fair story that it tells! Thank you, Kial, and let’s get ready for the “Farms, Food & Fun!” 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.
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!
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!
Are you or your band interested in performing at the 2019 Nevada County Fair? The stage entertainment application is now available here. To apply, complete the online application and return it by April 5. Hope to see you at the 2019 Fair, August 7 – 11.